God created preschoolers full of imagination and curiosity. They have an exciting world at their fingertips ready to explore. Our aim at LCS Building Blocks Preschool is to offer an enriched, non-threatening and stimulating environment that recognizes the God-given uniqueness of each child and his/her own individual needs.
As a Christian preschool, we recognize that all children are children of God called to obedience and service. The preschool too must strive to be a community in Christ. Children must be taught to love God above all, love their neighbours as themselves and be good stewards of God’s creation.As the saying goes, play is a child’s work and the classroom his/her laboratory. Through play and varied activities, including music and movement, creative art, games, stories, outdoor play, Bible time and quiet time, your child will be given the wonderful opportunity to develop to his/her God-given potential in all areas of learning, including social, emotional, physical, cognitlcive and spiritual.
How do we as teachers facilitate your child’s growth during the preschool year?
Giving each child unconditional love with smiles, friendly words, encouragement and care
- Showing each child respect by considering her/his opinions and validating feelings
- Being a good listener
- Providing limits that are reasonable and understandable to the children to create a safe place
- Giving opportunity to succeed and build confidence, being sure the tasks are challenging and not frustrating
- Helping each child be responsible, giving her/him the tools to do her/his own task
- Providing opportunities to make choices (e.g. "Would you like to play in the rice table or do a puzzle?")
- Developing problem-solving skills, giving guidance while children work out their own problem
- Knowing the individual needs of each child through a good knowledge of child development, working at meeting areas of growth through planning appropriate activities
- Encouraging some risk taking. Young children develop healthy attitudes about themselves in environments that accept them as they are, allowing them to make mistakes and to learn from those mistakes without being required to meet adult standards of excellence
- Celebrating accomplishments – one step at a time.
- Encouraging and supporting children's differences and uniqueness
- Viewing all experiences as valuable opportunities for growth
- Talking with the children using conversation that encourages rather than judges (i.e. judging - "I like your painting; vs encouraging - "It looks like you worked a long time on your painting and chose many different colors.")
- Asking open-ended questions that help children become critical thinkers. (i.e. What do you think will happen? How might you fix it?)