Goals and Objectives
- Provide a Christian atmosphere which promotes God’s love for us and for others.
- Foster a love for learning and a positive attitude towards life.
- Support emerging literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading).
- Enhance gross motor skills and coordination through physically active play and creative movement.
- Use all senses to learn through discovery and guided exploration.
Weekly Chapel – Christian values are taught by sharing simple stories, prayers, and songs.
Weekly Music – Movement to music, songs, instruments, rhythm and beat experiences.
Holiday Celebrations– Includes parties, Thanksgiving Feasts, Donuts with Dad, and Mother’s Tea.
Special Programs – Christmas Program, End of the Year program.
Special Guest Performers – Lee Bryan’s Puppet Show, Queen Glitter Storyteller, Community Service Visits from Local dentist and the Fire Department, and Pet Parties Plus.
Family Development – Parent Education Programs, open invitation to all church activities including Church and Sunday School, Bible Studies and Special Speakers and children’s events, Speech and Hearing Screenings, and School Pictures.
These are primarily activities for the older children (threes through fives) however, our younger classes participate when age appropriate. Possible changes from year to year.
Play is the language of children and the foundation of quality preschools. Therefore, within a general framework, the curriculum of Cannon Church Preschool is planned according to children’s needs and interests. We are excited to offer the Handwriting Without Tears/ Get Set for School program to help our students with math, writing and reading skills . We also use guides from Abrams Learning Trends in our fours for letter introduction and in our fives for reading.
A good educational program focuses on the strengths of the whole child so that all areas of growth and development (social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual) are addressed. Our school provides child-centered environments where adults facilitate children’s play with encouragement, time, space and materials to help them explore ideas, make discoveries, and build concepts. According to research in the field of child development, children need concrete objects and materials to play with, manipulate and explore in order to be successful at more abstract mental tasks thereby laying foundations for future learning.
Activities during large and small group times rely on hands-on activities and investigations and seldom resemble traditional pencil and paper lessons. During these activities children experience the following:
- classify, measure, group, sequence, sort, explore, discuss objects, materials and ideas.
- create and construct using familiar and new materials.
- listen to, tell or write stories.
- build skills such as consciousness of God, independence, cooperativeness, critical thinking, self control, decision making, respect for others, and responsibility.