Having made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ, the staff members will create an environment where children are loved unconditionally, encouraged to pray and sing with expressions of thanksgiving and praise, and learn to relate their daily activities to God in the world He created for us. The curriculum will include Bible stories, songs, and other opportunities for children to learn and express their love for God.
We believe that parents are first and foremost a child’s most important teacher. The most essential piece of learning for children is communication and cooperation between school and home. When this is established, values and academics are reiterated for the child in both settings. Cambridge Christian School Early Childhood Center is eager to assist, encourage and support you; we also seek your support and encouragement. Parents are welcome in the preschool at any time. Please let the teacher know ahead of time if you plan to sit in for the day. Please feel free to explore the room when you pick your child up any time. It is highly encouraged that the parents come and help in the classroom whenever possible. There will also be numerous projects throughout the year that will provide a chance to volunteer in the school. We strongly believe in the parent/school partnership we have established and hope that you will take the time to become involved with your child’s school as a volunteer whenever possible.
There is a bulletin board in the entry way filled with information about schedules, lesson plans, menus, notices and special announcements. Parents will also receive a monthly newsletter with a calendar. Occasionally, staff may write notes, make phone calls or send emails. There is also a praise and prayer request box in the entry way. If you have something you would like the staff to pray about, please share it with us.
Conferences for all students will be held twice a year and parents are strongly encouraged to attend. Conferences are a time to share progress and growth in development. We will have documentation of what your child has been doing at school. We look forward to working together with parents to make the most of your child’s learning experience.
We strongly believe that all children are unique creations of God and will be treated as such. We celebrate diversity and are thankful that God made us all so different so that we would need each other. Children will not be hampered by stereotypes concerning race, gender, disability or socio-economic class.
Nurturing is essential for the growth and development of young children. You should expect appropriate expressions of nurturing from staff members in many ways, including: hugging, sitting in laps, holding, carrying, and rubbing or patting on backs.
The center will use a learning center approach to curriculum. Children learn through play and discovery. The environment will be rich with opportunities to learn and grow. Curriculum will address the needs of the group as well as those of each individual. Curriculum will be organized in themes with concepts relating to all subject matters (dramatic play, art, science, literature, etc.) organized into the learning centers. Children will have a variety of opportunities to discover, experience and make sense of their world. Children will also be part of a small group that participates in a circle time. Learning centers provide opportunities for both teacher directed and child initiated activities.
Learning centers will include: Table Toys, Dramatic Play, Literature and Reading, Art, Music and Movement, Science or “God’s Wonders,” Large Muscle, Writing, and Blocks.
Multi Age Grouping in the Classroom
Children are unique creations of God and develop differently. Research indicates that multi-age grouping may reduce competition among peers. It creates a more family type atmosphere. It also provides opportunities for younger children to learn from older children, which reinforces skills in the older children who are modeling or teaching.
Teachers will guide the behavior of children largely through environmental design, positive interaction, redirection, teaching acceptable alternatives and logical consequences. We take into consideration the child’s age, intellectual development, emotional makeup and past experiences when managing behavior. The children will always have positive reinforcement during the day. If a child chooses not to follow the rules the teacher will explain what behavior was not acceptable and why as well as what will happen if the child chooses to disobey. Discipline will always be tailored to the developmental level of the child. Children will receive immediate consequences for their actions that are directly related to the unacceptable behavior. Parents will be notified if there is an on-going problem and the teacher can discuss how to adjust different behavior management plans to make it more effective for their child.
On rare occasions, it may be necessary to remove a child from the main group of children to protect the safety of the other children or staff members. The child will always remain within sight of a staff member. Parents will be notified if this becomes necessary and it will be documented. We want children to feel good about themselves, learn responsibility for their actions, learn what is acceptable social behavior and learn a respect for God’s Word and His laws for us.
Children who display persistent unacceptable behavior that requires an increased amount of staff guidance and time will be observed and behaviors with consequences will be documented. Staff members will carefully evaluate the documentation and will meet with the parents. It is the desire of the center to work together with the parents to set goals and make plans to help each child do their best.