Our youngest students are provided many opportunities to grow. We work with them in a variety of ways on fine and gross motor skills, social/emotional skills, and verbal/language skills. Two-year-olds are active and curious. We arrange our curriculum in a way that accommodates the high energy and curiosity that are trademarks for this age group. Children are introduced to a variety of skills and concepts, without pressure, through games, music, stories, and creative exploration as they become developmentally ready. Our 2’s participate in a weekly music & movement class, weekly Bible lessons, and daily outside playground time. Children do not have to be potty-trained for the 2’s class. When parents are ready to approach this process, we are glad to work alongside them to help the child reach this goal. The classroom has an attached restroom with sink and child-size toilet. Class size is limited to 12 students.
Young children learn best by doing. Learning isn’t just repeating what someone else says; it requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work. The 3’s classes use a variety of curriculum materials to provide a balanced program in all skill areas. Structured and free play activities encourage growth in social and emotional skills, fine and gross motor skills, and cognitive skills. Children participate in developmentally and age appropriate fun activities that introduce and advance pre-literacy skills involving alphabet letters and letter sounds, colors, shapes, counting, sorting, sequencing, patterning, and pre-writing. From a social/emotional aspect, children are guided in learning how to share, take turns, wait patiently, and have positive interaction with peers. Independent skills are encouraged through showing children how to clean up after themselves, put on their own coat, place their finished projects in their individual cubby, along with many other opportunities, to grow their self-confidence and self-esteem. Our 3’s classes participate in a weekly music & movement class, weekly Bible lessons, and daily outside playground time. Children attending a 3’s class MUST be toilet-trained prior to the first day of school. Classes have a maximum of 14 students.
In our Pre-K classes, we work with children on skills that prepare them for kindergarten. We continue to encourage growth in their social and emotional maturity. At this age, we focus on helping them learn to work with others, wait for turns, follow directions, lengthen their attention span, develop self-discipline to complete tasks, among others. These are important skills that will be needed when students move on to the more structured, academic-focused grades in school. For language arts, our Pre-K classes use activities to increase student knowledge about the alphabet and letter sounds, including recognizing upper and lower case letters out of sequence in a variety of written materials, writing upper and lower case letters, and recognizing letter sounds at the beginning and end of words. For children who master these skills, both orally and written, usually toward the end of the school year, phonetic decoding skills are introduced that will help them begin reading very simple words and independently writing words. In math, the students are provided with concrete, hands-on exposure to early math concepts. Pre-K classes participate in a weekly music & movement class, weekly Bible lessons, and daily outside playground time. At this age, we recognize that children are still progressing at varying skill levels. We continue to focus on each child as an individual and help them to advance one step at a time. Throughout the day, students move through a variety of learning centers and small and large group activities that are presented in fun, creative ways to accommodate individual learning styles. We want your child to leave Pre-K with positive feelings about himself/herself and learning. As a result, your child should be ready and eager to continue on in school. Class size is limited to 16 students.
Our kindergarten program offers small class sizes which allows teachers to focus on students as individuals. A half-day program with hours of 9:15 am to 1:15 pm, Redeemer Kindergarten is an excellent alternative choice for parents who would like an extra year before sending their child to a full day school and/or large school environment. After leaving Redeemer Kindergarten and moving on to a larger school environment, parents often tell us they are happy with the choice they made to allow their child an extra year in a smaller, more personable environment to gain the critical skills of reading, writing, and math. These parents felt their children entered first grade with a high level of self-confidence in their abilities.
The program is structured so that students receive the amount of academic instruction needed to fully prepare them for first grade. Because of our smaller environment, we do not lose a large amount of time during the school day transitioning students from one activity to another. This allows us to focus on and teach the most important kindergarten skills of beginning reading, writing, and math in the half day time period. We recognize that children learn at different rates and come to school with a wide array of experiences and backgrounds. A smaller class size allows students to receive more individual attention in critical subject areas.
Reading & Language Arts
Learning to read is fun and exciting for the kindergarten student. Our goal is to keep it developmentally appropriate as well as challenging for the child. Helping the child to feel successful and confident is very important. We are in agreement with research that shows strong reading skills are essential to future success in all academic areas. Reading is an integral part of our Language Arts and plays an important role in every area of our curriculum. We use a phonetic approach to teach decoding skills that lead into reading. We also work on developing a sight word vocabulary. Our reading curriculum emphasizes the on-going growth of the emergent reader. Since reading and writing develop together along with oral language, we integrate these skills throughout the curriculum with work in “journals”, listening centers, writing centers, and skill centers. We want the student to be an active participant in the learning process through the many activities that allow for talking, listening, reading, and writing. Reading skills are taught in small groups of 6-8 students in our “Reading Room” next to the main classroom to allow for minimal distractions and focused learning. The foundation of our reading program is the MacMillian-McGraw Hill kindergarten curriculum. Other resources and supplies are used to enrich the learning process. Forming uppercase and lowercase letters is taught in the D’Nealian handwriting style. For students who advance through the kindergarten reading curriculum before the end of the school, we also utilize the MacMillian-McGraw Hill first grade reading curriculum.
Math is a concrete learning experience in kindergarten. Through creative manipulative materials, games, and puzzles, math concepts become realistic and meaningful to the students. By using developmentally appropriate activities and materials, we move the student from the concrete stage into the abstract through the year.
Additional Curriculum Areas
In addition to the main academic areas of Reading/Language Arts and Math, students are also exposed to concepts in Science, Social Studies, and Health. Topics from these curriculum areas are integrated into Reading/Language Arts and Math lessons. Kindergarten students participate in a weekly music & movement class, weekly Bible lessons, science labs, and library time. They have daily outside time on the playground.
Redeemer is a Christian school. Daily instruction in each classroom is taught with a focus on non-denominational Christian values and learning about the relationship of God in daily living. Each class is taught basic Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments in the Holy Bible. Our program recognizes and celebrates the birth of Jesus at Christmas and His resurrection at Easter.
During the course of the school year, we will invite our parents to join us at several special programs where your children will entertain you and enjoy showing you their classrooms.
- All children who attend the 3’s and Pre-K classes MUST be toilet-trained and independent in taking care of their bathroom needs PRIOR to the first day of school. This does not apply to the 2’s class.
- Lunchtime is a part of the daily schedule in each class. Children bring a packed lunch from home.
- We hold parent/teacher conferences for our 3’s and Pre-K classes in the spring to share our observations with you about your child’s developmental progress in school. Our Kindergarten class has report cards and parent conferences to keep you abreast of your child’s performance and progress.