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Program Information

Teacher Information

Each teacher will adopt the following practices to support each child's early learning experiences:
  • Slowing down and recognizing everyday activities as the richest learning opportunities: taking time to talk with and listen to children while playing, eating, and transitioning through daily routines
  • Observing and celebrating the daily growth and development of every child, every day
  • Giving children daily opportunities to express themselves in many creative ways, including art, music, and dance
  • Reading to children every day and being a role model for a lifelong love of reading
  • Looking for opportunities to point out and share concepts like shapes, colors, numbers, and letters in real and meaningful ways as part of everyday life
  • Supporting each child’s physical health and development by allowing many daily choices of active large motor play (running, jumping, climbing, dancing)
  • Honoring and defending every child’s right to rich, creative, supported, open-ended play, enriched by loving adults.
  • A focused time for Bible lessons will be offered each week in Chapel and a music class full of activity and movement will also be a part of our weekly schedule. Outside/inside large motor play will be offered daily as well.

Communication

Calvary Preschool Express is proud to say that we have an Open Door Policy and believe that this is a partnership with our main objective to do the best for your child. Parents will receive monthly calendars that include both preschool and classroom events, weekly emails from the Director with reminders, as well as daily reports of your child's behavior and special events that took place during the day. The director, Lee Cochran, will do her best to greet parents/children each morning and will always be available for those last minute questions. Please feel free to email Lee via the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page, or call 615-896-2626.


Infants

6 months to 12 months of age

The philosophy for the Infant Program is based on the belief that babies need consistent love, attention, praise, concern, and caring; they also need caregivers who are well prepared and have a desire to work with young children. The Infant Program maintains a commitment to the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth of the child. Toward this end, learning is seen as a developmental process that occurs naturally and progressively within a stimulating and nurturing environment. Caregivers offer a wide variety of interesting play experiences geared toward each child's developmental level so that he/she has sufficient opportunity to explore, manipulate, and come to a better understanding of the world through his/her own efforts. Written daily reports are provided and parents are encouraged to have an active role in their child's class. Phone calls and visits are always allowed.


Young Toddler Program - Learning Through Exploration

18 months - 30 months

We recognize the importance for toddlers to have free exploration balanced with more structured learning opportunities within the security of small classes and positive teachers. Our program focuses on active exploration and hands-on learning activities to help your child gain independence while also promoting confidence in his or her learning abilities. During this time, it will be our intent to create an inviting and loving atmosphere to help with separation anxiety that is so prevalent for this age. Daily learning activities will include story time, art, puzzles, manipulative toys, blocks, dramatic play, and ample outdoor play. We encourage curiosity, creativity, and assist each child with peer interactions. Beginning self-help skills, working on gross & fine motor skills, as well as receptive and expressive language will be a part of each school day to stimulate and challenge every child. Written daily reports are provided and parents are encouraged to have an active role in their child's class. Phone calls and visits are always allowed.


Preschool - Guiding Curious Learners through Hands-On Activities

28 months – PreK

We offer energetic and educational programs designed to prepare children with the skills and attitudes necessary for kindergarten success. Our goals are to nourish each child’s creativity, build self-esteem, promote positive social interaction, and to impart a love for reading and learning. We use a thematic monthly curriculum which includes a focus on letters, sounds, numbers, science, social development, and Biblical lessons. Each class will evaluate where each child is and structure their lesson plans to meet those needs. Our focus is to provide a fun, hands-on, challenging atmosphere that will allow each child to progress at their own speed. Teachers and children are active partners in shaping the educational experience. Daily activities include circle time, art, science, math, (pre)writing (journals), reading, blocks, dramatic play, center time, & utilizing indoor and outdoor spaces. Evaluations are done in both fall and spring with parent-teacher conferences in the spring for 4 year old classes and both semesters for the 5 year old classes. Director/teachers will always be available for meetings that might need to take place at other times.


KinderSchool - Kindergarten Readiness

For children who are age 5 by Sept. 30th and could go on to Kindergarten

We are excited to offer a program that will allow older preschoolers the opportunity to follow a thematic developmentally appropriate curriculum. Each child's day will be immersed with the basic concepts of Biblical lessons, letters & sounds, beginning sight words, fine motor skills with an emphasis in writing (letters, words & simple sentences), numbers (simple addition & subtraction), patterns, time, and money. Perhaps most importantly, teachers will have the flexibility to create more one-on-one experiences and various experiments that will create a hands-on focus. Raising an eager learner is the goal, and it can be achieved easily through play and day-to-day activities. Simply stated, we want to create a love of learning for your child!   We will also put an emphasis on the following readiness skills that set the stage for your child's learning:

  • Enthusiasm Toward Learning
  • Solid Oral Language Skills
  • Ability to Listen
  • Desire to be Independent &
  • Ability to play well with others

We feel confident that by developing these critical-thinking skills and stimulating intellectual curiosity, your child will successfully and confidently enter Kindergarten in the fall.  Evaluations will be done in both the fall and spring along with parent teacher conferences.