Teaching Strategies / Curriculum:
1. Kids Bible Studies for Life:
At the CDC we utilize the Kids Bible Studies for Life to teach our students about the Word of God and His love and mercy. As part of this program, students learn how to honor our Lord by participating in praise & worship, singing & dancing to the Lord, praying over their meals, going over scriptures, memorizing bible verses and performing drama skits depicting Bible characters. This curriculum strives to teach students:
- That the Bible is our "love letter" from God.
- A greater understanding of foundational bible stories that are taught at an age-appropriate level.
- How to hear, know and obey what the Bible asks of us.
- How to get excited about the Word of God.
- how the Bible applies to them in their day-to-day living.
- different ways to show praise and honor to our Lord.
2. Creative Curriculum For Preschool:
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is an award-winning research-based curriculum that uses exploration and discovery as a way to enable children to gain confidence and creative thinking strategies. The objectives are fully-aligned with the Head Start and Early Learning framework and offer a balance of both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning. It places emphasis on each individual student's learning styles which helps build on their strengths and interests. The goals and objectives are established to address four areas of development:
- Social/Emotional - to help the students feel comfortable in new environments, such as school; learn how to make new friends, and learn how to fit within a group setting. Emotionally, it helps students become more independent, develop pride & self-confidence, and develop a great attitude towards life.
- Cognitive - to help students understand that learning can be fun, encourage them to try out their own ideas, learn how to use words to describe those ideas, be able to solve problems & ask questions, be observant and be able to articulate their own feelings.
- Language - to listen to and understand increasingly complex language, follow directions, appropriately engage in communication to express thoughts and needs clearly and with correct grammar, expand expressive vocabulary and use social rules of language
- Physical - to help students develop their gross & fine motor skills and build confidence in themselves about what their bodies are capable of achieving.
3. Core of Knowledge:
The idea behind the Core Knowledge curriculum is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. This curriculum outlines a cumulative and coherent progression of knowledge and skills in all developmental areas and integrates developmentally appropriate and individualized practices for both content and instruction. An explicit set of skills provides the stepping stones children need to achieve developmental goals. This curriculum takes this a step further by educating students about the component skills needed to reach each goal. It focuses on nine critical areas needed for all children and breaks each goal down into specific, measurable, and sequential skills, upon which teachers plan and implement the Core Knowledge curriculum. These areas include
- Physical Well-being and Motor Development
- Movement and Coordination
- Social and Emotional Development Autonomy and Social Skills
- Approaches to Learning Work Habits
- Language and Literacy Development
- Oral Language
- Nursery Rhymes, Poems, Fingerplays, and Songs
- Storybook Reading and Storytelling
- Awareness of Book and Print Organization
- Emerging Literacy Skills
- Knowledge Acquisition and Cognitive Development
- Orientation in Time
- Orientation in Space
- Visual Arts
4. Handwritting Without Tears:
The Handwritting Without Tears program makes teaching and learning fun for both the children and the teachers. We feel learning is more productive and interesting for children if they are having fun while doing it. This curriculum helps the children with their writing without struggling to form their letters. This program focuses on two things: fun & achievement. The goal is to help children learn proper writing habits that they will continue to use throughout their lives. The skills they learn will help them to print words, write paragraphs, and formulate sentences.