to build the foundation for early Christian learning with even our
youngest children. Children begin to develop early spiritual awareness in
an environment with gentle, loving care. This standard of care is provided
through continuity of teachers and caregivers and encouraging, positive
communication with parents. Bible stories, songs and prayer are a vital
part of each day.
This is an age of exciting exploration. A safe, yet engaging environment
is provided where these little ones can explore and learn about
themselves, as well as the world around them. These children learn best
through positive play opportunities. Teachers provide for this environment
by gently modeling expectations and daily routines. Age-appropriate
opportunities will include activities that promote the world of colors,
texture exploration, books and reading, sights and sounds, interactive
games to develop cognitive and language skills, positive play to develop
social skills, singing and rhyming and healthy physical activities.
A focus is also placed on developing a positive self-concept for each
child. We promote group activities that nurture sharing and turn-taking,
skills that only begin to develop at this young age. FBCís goal is to meet
the developmental and spiritual needs of each young child.
PRESCHOOL & PRE-KINDERGARTEN
FBA is committed to helping our children grow in faith. We strive to
nurture their belief and understanding of God through the daily
opportunities that are provided. As children learn from the established
curriculum, we emphasize the Biblical principles of Jesus, prayer, the
Holy Bible and mission. Bible stories, daily application of Bible verses,
devotionals, praise and worship are an integral part of each childís
growth and learning.
Our commitment is Kindergarten readiness. Each developmental area is
fostered, including: cognitive skills, language skills, fine-motor skills,
gross-motor skills and social-emotional growth.
Our curriculum includes an approach to teaching literacy that is fun, a
hands-on way of learning for children. Pre-K ELLA, Early Literacy Learning
in Arkansas is a literacy program that focuses on letter recognition,
phonics, vocabulary, writing and introduction to reading.
Handwriting Without Tears is a curriculum that utilizes a
developmentally-based method that strengthens fine-motor skills, eye-hand
coordination, correct pencil/crayon grip and many other necessary
pre-handwriting skills. This approach includes multi-sensory, hands-on
activities, not just paper and pencil. Children are simultaneously
learning counting, shape recognition, correct letter and number formation.
These methods of instruction incorporate fun themes or units of study that
are coordinated by teachers and administrators throughout the year. These
themes add in fun ways to learn about how wonderfully made is Godís world
and how He uniquely made each of us.
Children are learning about classroom expectations for behavior, as well.
This is done in a gentle, loving manner. Children are given an appropriate
time to establish a routine. Engaged learning that involves the children
is very successful and is an exciting way to learn. Positive communication
and an ongoing exchange of information between parents and caregivers are
vital to each childís success.