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ELC Mission statement:

“Amazing Grace Early Learning Center will provide a positive, nurturing, and safe Christian learning environment for children ages six weeks to pre-kindergarten.”




Classrooms

It is so important that children experience continuity with their caregivers.   For this reason, our Center operates in such a way that a child will have the same primary caregivers from the infant room up through the 1’s and 2’s classroom.  These children are called the Beginners. In the same way, a child will have the same teacher/caregivers during Preschool, which are the years for 3’s and 4’s. Instead of the child moving to a different classroom each year, the child and their caregiver/teacher will move together.

Movement will occur just as it does in the school system, with the move up date being August 1 of each year. Each group of children/caregivers will be identified by the year they will enter Kindergarten.

Children who are 4 and will turn 5 between August 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 will be in the K19 class (4’s – VPK)

Children who are 3 and will turn 4 between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 will be in the K20 class (3’s)

Children who are 2 and will turn 3 between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 will be in the K21 class (2’s)

Children who are 1 and will turn 2 between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 will be in the K22 class (1’s)

Children who are at least 6 weeks old and will be 1 by August 31, 2019 will be in the K23 class (Infants)

The teaching team of 2 primary caregivers will stay together with their class for 3 years in Beginners (Infants, 1’s, 2’s) and 2 years in Preschool (3’s and 4’s).  When a team’s class moves on to Preschool, the team starts with the next group of infants.

This would be an example:

School Year Infant Room 1’s Room 2’s Room 3’s Room 4’s Room
2018-19 K23 team K22 team K21 team K25 team K24 team
2019-2020 K21 becomes K24 K23 K22 K25 team K24 team
2020-2021 K22 becomes K25 K24 K23 K24 team becomes K26 K25 team

Program and Curriculum

Infants

INFANTS are AMAZING!

Infants are at the PRIME of their lives.  The care they receive in the first year of life will help them develop their sense of self and security.  They will begin to discover what the world has to offer.

For young children, and infants especially, care and learning are inseparable.  Children are learning from the entire experience of their day. Our program for infants is environmentally based, using home as a model.   The learning environment is physical (soft spaces, hard spaces, sensory experiences, outside, inside) but also emotional (tenderness, patience, comfort, security, developing a sense of belonging and community).  This sense of security is a key element in the child’s eventual spiritual relationship with a Savior who cared enough to give His life for them.

Our Lord has provided infants with all they need to develop according to His plan.  It is up to us to provide the learning opportunities and occasional help and to encourage these little ones and enjoy their success.  At Amazing Grace, we recognize that each child is a unique creation of the Creator who is worthy of love and personalized care. It is our goal to partner with parents to provide the unique care and nurturing that each child needs.

Our curriculum sources for infants include Beautiful Beginnings, A Moving Child is a Learning Child and Beyond Cribs and Rattles.

 “Development is not a race.  There is no future developmental advantage and rarely any significance to early achievement of most milestones.” – Jim Greenman and Annie Stonehouse in “Prime Times:  A Handbook for Excellence in Infant and Toddler Programs”

Fun 1’s

FUN 1’s are AMAZING!

The motto of toddlers might be “Never walk where there’s room to run!”  Moving from a sitting or crawling perspective to an upright perspective opens up a whole new world of discovery and challenge which 1’s are happy to embrace.  Their love of movement is God’s way of encouraging them to use their senses to begin to explore and make sense of their world. Movement also serves to encourage brain development by building sensory perceptions and neural pathways.

It is our goal as caregivers of these children to provide environment and materials that allow them to meet challenges and explore this new way of looking at the world.  1’s are also entering into the world of expressive language. They need engagement with caregivers who will recognize and encourage their attempts to express themselves, whether that be through words, gestures, movement or facial expressions.  The experience of love and nurture of a caregiver leads to the future awareness of the love of Jesus.

Our curriculum sources for 1’s include Beautiful Beginnings, A Moving Child is a Learning Child and Beyond Cribs and Rattles.

“The body is the brain’s first teacher….A young child is a literal, physical creature who needs to experience life in her own way, in her own time, on her own terms and with her own body.  And when she does, she’s learning all she needs to know, and then some. And it hardly ever looks like learning.” — Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy in “A Moving Child is a Learning Child.”

Terrific 2’s

TERRIFIC 2’s are AMAZING!

Call them terrible, call them turbulent, but the growth children experience during their year of being 2 is terrific.  Growth in all areas is explosive. The fingers become more adept at stringing, painting, scribbling and snapping. Instead of toddling, leg movements have become more fluid in jumping and running.  Children in this age group are becoming more independent and “I do it” is a common phrase. Self-help abilities grow, leading to independent toileting. Between the ages of 2 and 3, vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds.  2’s are curious and ask lots of questions. They are growing socially and beginning to be interested in playing with others, though cooperative play and sharing will take constant practice.

Learning experiences in the 2’s classroom include interaction with household tools and objects, thought-provoking language, and opportunities for artistic and pretend play.  There is room inside and out for lots of movement. Times of prayer, singing and “God talk” occur throughout the day. We will work with parents when children are ready for toilet learning.

Our curriculum sources for 2’s include Beyond Cribs and Rattles, A Moving Child is a Learning Child, and One in Christ for Infants and Toddlers

“When we embrace [God’s] move-to-learn plan, leading into the wiggles and giggles rather than trying to contain them, we open up more opportunities for deep, meaningful, and lasting learning. …Because for kids, learning never sits still.”  — Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy in “A Moving Child is a Learning Child.”

Thrilling 3’s

Thrilling 3’s are AMAZING!

All of the movement and practice of the 2 year old year comes to fruition in a more mature and capable child of 3.  3 year olds take curiosity and exploration to a new level, becoming more focused and deliberate in their problem solving.  Their increased language abilities are causing them to be more curious about words and their meaning. They are beginning to understand that symbols can help represent words and numbers.  3’s are beginning to want to have friends and are willing to work on the skills of being a good friend. Imagination soars and pretend play is important for all areas of learning.

In the 3’s classroom, teachers will work on developing the persistence and focus needed to begin more formal learning.  Games, stories, songs and fingerplays will encourage language development while teaching math concepts like patterns and counting.  Involvement with books leads to an awareness of print and a curiosity about letters. Lots of fine-motor play develops the muscles and control necessary for the writing to come.  Spiritual growth begins to blossom as students become familiar with prayer, Bible stories and praising our Savior through music. Teachers use positive guidance techniques to help children gain skills in expressing emotion appropriately and showing care for one another.

Our curriculum sources for 3’s include Beyond Centers and Circle Time and One in Christ Preschool A.

“I am 3.  I am not built to sit still, keep my hands to myself, take turns, be patient, stand in line or keep quiet.  I need motion, I need novelty, I need adventure, and I need to engage the world with my whole body. Let me play.  (Trust me, I’m learning)”

Fabulous 4’s

Fabulous 4’s are AMAZING!

It is tempting to think of the 4 year old Preschool year as just “Kindergarten Prep.”  But we don’t want to miss the joy and excitement of being 4 while in pursuit of being 5.  4’s are energetic, lively and sociable. They build on old skills and move forward in the areas of math and literacy.  4’s love to count, build patterns and measure (especially themselves in comparison to younger children!). Their writing skills are developing and becoming stronger, leading to an explosion of curiosity about words and putting their own words (especially their name) on paper.  They want to be friends with everyone and are gaining skills for doing just that. Their number one question is “Why?” and if they don’t get a good answer, they will come up with one on their own.

Our VPK program focuses on the Florida Early Learning Standards for 4’s and meets each child at his or her own pace for being ready for the next stage of learning.  4 year olds’ increasing capacity for attention and focus allow for more direct learning and small group learning activities. But active play is still very important in developing perseverance and problem-solving skills that are among the number one predictors of success in Kindergarten.  As children engage in cooperative play, they are taught the valuable skills of forgiveness and reconciliation which they recognize as the way God through Christ treats us. They learn that Jesus is their best friend and will be with them always.

Our curriculum sources for 4’s include Beyond Centers and Circle Time, One in Christ Preschool B and the Florida Early Learning Standards for 4’s.

“It is the element of curiosity that is essential. The mindset of being an investigator and wondering and pondering and trying things out is what I want to cultivate in my students. If that curiosity and wonder fades. . no amount of development or growth will ever replace it. Cultivate and model a fearless approach to curiosity and encourage questions, ideas, and exploration.” – Alison Matulich, Kindergarten Teacher