Pre-Reading & Letter Recognition
Learning to read and write is based on an awareness of the printed word. Children learn that the spoken word is broken down into small individual units of sound (phonemes). Each of these sound patterns is represented by a set of symbols that are the letters of the alphabet. These letters can be blended together to form a word (phonics). The teacher will help the early learners get ready to read by reading aloud to her students every day from a large variety of materials, both fiction and nonfiction. She will point out how print goes from left to right and that pages are read left to right also. The children will learn that each book has a cover, title and author. They will predict what might happen next in a story or tell what they liked best or didn’t like about the story. The children will learn to recognize the letters of the alphabet and the sounds (phonemes) each makes.
Just as learning to count and read are important skills, understanding the fascinating world of science is an essential skill. Through investigation, observation and discovery, student gain a greater knowledge and appreciation of God’s world. As young learners, the students eagerly participate in the age appropriate hands-on, interactive science process. Science learning experiences will be coordinated with the Unit Topic and may include investigations ranging from magnets to bubbles, insects to volcanoes, or nature walks.
Young learners are introduced to history and social studies through the Unit Topic. By introducing lessons on the Fruits of the Spirit, the teacher can use the social learning and self-concept development, including character development to help these young children begin to develop a Christian worldview and learn how to negotiate, solve problems, and cope with strong feelings. The early learner will learn about his role in the family and about the community in which he lives. The sense of community begins within the classroom as the children develop an understanding of group life that requires taking turns, putting toys away, and sharing materials. The children will also study about holidays and the history of cultural traditions such as Thanksgiving.
Young Learners is designed to let the students enjoy age-appropriate learning activities in a less rigid academic environment. Children learn about numbers, start to count, and learn to tell their age. They use manipulatives to sort and match.
Our Young Learners class will be introduced to their Bible lessons through Bible story time, daily devotionals, and prayer time. They will also participate in weekly chapel on Wednesdays where the young students will learn about corporate worship time through the reading of God’s word and fun, interactive Bible skits.