About Our Classes

“Learning is experienced. Everything else is just information”

-Albert Einstein

Crossroad Preschool seeks to provide a variety of experiences and opportunities designed to stimulate a child’s imagination, provide opportunities for intellectual exploration, and to enhance the emotional, physical, mental, social, and spiritual growth of the young child.

Our curriculum is based on traditional teaching methods combined with some Montessori methods. We believe that through this model, preschool children are allowed to grow as an individual; to imagine, explore, invent, express emotions, ideas, and to play.

Many studies show that children learn through play. Play is a child’s work! The brain of a young child is stimulated through sensory motor activities. Until around age seven, this sensory motor stimulation is how children learn. From there, the mental and social aspects of development replace sensory motor activities, which allow academics, such as reading and math, to be learned with ease.

Through exploration and experimentation, young children begin to make sense of the world around them. This happens as children use all of his/her senses – touching, hearing, smelling, tasting, and seeing everything in his/her environment. This sensory rich environment helps to nourish the brain and develops the nerve network.

Based on this knowledge, it is important for early childhood programs to provide an environment in sensory motor activities. At Crossroad Preschool, we have many learning centers that meet this requirement.

Dramatic Play

The Dramatic Play area is where children can role –play. Children often pretend to be a baker, a parent, an animal, a doctor, a restaurant worker, and more. By role-playing, a child can “try on” different roles and develop social skills. This center changes frequently, depending upon the thematic unit. Some of our favorites are a bakery, a post office, a campground, a fruit market, and a space station.

Large Block Center

The Large Block Center provides an area where children can construct, thereby developing skills in manipulation, imagination, math concepts, and problem solving. Building with blocks stimulates creativity and a sense of achievement. Social skills are enhanced while children work cooperatively with others while building with blocks.

Fine Motor Center

The Fine Motor Center provides practice in the development of small muscle skills such as cutting, connecting toys, putting together puzzles, and playing with play dough.

Sensory Table

 The Sensory Table is where children can explore and experiment with a variety of materials, mostly by touching. They enjoy splashing in water, sifting sand, scooping pasta noodles, and sorting through a jar of buttons. They learn what items can be manipulated in what way, thereby learning what to expect in their environment.

Quiet Reading Center

 The Quiet Reading Center provides an area where ha child can get away and read by himself/herself. Children are encouraged to take books to other areas to read too. Free access to quality children’s literature, word and letters though the room is a proven away to ensure literacy and the enjoyment of literature throughout one’s lifetime.

Science and Math Discovery Center

 The Science and Math Discovery Center is the place where children can look, smell, touch, listen, manipulate, and experiment with different items that help them make sense of the world around them. Some units can include magnets, parts of a tree or flower, feathers, bird’s nest, and color mixing.

Art Center

The Art Center at Crossroad Preschool is an important part of the day. Easels are always available so children can paint, color, use chalk, and/or other mediums. Teachers plan at least one art project per day that is process oriented, rather than finished-product oriented. We provide a variety of everyday materials, as well as items that are non–traditional materials to be used to create. We paint with salt, feathers, pine branches, marbles, sponges, vegetables, fruits, brushes, hands and more! It is in this process of creating, of manipulating the medium, that the brain is nourished, not by the end product itself. This may mean that in an adult’s eyes, the end product is unimpressive. The value is not in the number of projects or the quality of the project, it is how your child feels about the project and the process that he/she went through to create it.

Listening and Learning Activities

Listening and Learning Activities take place throughout the preschool day.  Storytelling, finger plays, group dramatization, poetry, and game as are designed to stimulate a desire in children to develop language, math, and writing skills.

Music

Music enhances listening skills, motor development, and social skills. By listening to and producing music through singing, dancing, and playing instruments, children learn to identify sounds, rhythms, and tunes.

Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Growth is one of our goals for our preschoolers. We share God’s love for everyone through praise songs, Bible stories, our daily interactions, prayers, and visits from the pastors/staff. Let each child know they are chosen and loved by God. We accept and encourage children’s tendency to freely explore the wonders of God’s creation and express their thoughts and questions about God, model everyday trust, respect, and love for others, and celebrating each other in how God has created us uniquely and for His glory.

Special Guests

Guests are welcome in our school. In the past, we have welcomed storytellers, gardeners, artists, dancers, nurses, and magicians who have shared their particular talents and experiences. We are always looking for volunteers who will share their talents with us. Please let us know if you are interested in sharing a something with us, or know of someone else that would like to come in.

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