Our Aim

The aim of Cornerstone Christian Preschool is to spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively prepare children and their families for the coming years of formal school.


SPIRITUAL AIM

  • Understand that God is a loving God

  • Understand that Jesus is God's Son

  • Know that Jesus wants to initiate a personal relationship with each person

  • Understand that the Bible is a special book

  • Understand that the Bible is God's Word

  • Know that the Bible contains truth (stories that are fact, not fantasy)

  • Use prayer to express their thoughts and needs to God

  • Understand that prayer is talking to God

  • Know that they can request His help to take care of them

  • Know they can ask for His help in being kind and thoughtful to others

  • Freely share about God, Jesus, and the Bible with others

  • Speak spontaneously about spiritual things

  • Know that God created the world

  • Enjoy direct experiences with nature

  • Know that God wants each person to care for the world

  • Enjoy the process of moving from curiosity to satisfaction in a project because God delights in their work

  • Take pride in their work

  • Have positive attitudes about involvement in projects


SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL

  • Value familial relationships and understand the importance of obeying parents and teachers

  • Enjoy and initiate friendships with a variety of individuals

  • Develop friendships with those who may not be the same gender, race, or age, or have the same abilities

  • Benefit from the inclusiveness of the emotional culture of the classroom, which celebrates the gifts and talents of all members

  • Begin to learn the art of sharing

  • Share their ideas with friends and families

  • Share toys and other items.

  • Begin showing empathy and kindness

  • Show empathy to family members

  • Express empathy to friends

  • Use language to express self, developing positive conflict resolution

  • Express both positive and negative emotions

  • Observe teachers who model and scaffold to this end

  • Develop self-confidence in self-initiated activities

  • Gain competence through age-appropriate activities

  • Have opportunities to share their new skills with others

  • Master new skills through encouragement and direction from the teacher

  • Begin to exhibit self-control

  • Begin to understand and control their emotions

  • Begin to act appropriately, whether or not they are directly interacting with an adult

  • Are comfortable participating in group discussions

  • Enjoy and participate in child-to-child and child-to-adult interactions

  • Communicate effectively using their words

  • Are able to attend to others comments


PHYSICAL

  • Acquire and refine the fundamental movements of balance, movement, touch, and coordination

  • Enjoy rhythm and movement

  • Explore these fundamental movements through time, activities, and equipment that is made available to them

  • Actively pursue gross motor activity

  • Acquire and develop fine motor skills

  • Become acquainted with and have time to use the appropriate equipment and materials that aid in development

  • Recognize that their body is created by God and take special responsibility to care for it

  • Introduced to health and nutrition

  • Make good food and activity choices


COGNITIVE

General

  • Are able to engage with others in learning activities, including the ability to explore, create, experiment, observe, plan, analyze, reason, investigate and question

  • Initiate investigation as a result of carefully observing

  • Enjoy creative expression

  • Are encouraged to express creativity within their own multiple intelligences and are provided with the materials for this expression

  • Are free to work with mediums that uniquely express the creative element for process art

  • Use imagination in dramatic play

  • Find creative solutions to problems that arise during interaction with others

Numeracy

  • Understand math vocabulary, concepts and directed activities

  • Have appropriate counting, sorting and comparing skills

  • Work well with manipulatives to achieve an appropriate transition into formal schooling

Language and Literacy

  • Understand the importance and use of language in the environment

  • Are able to participate in receptive language activities using literature as a foundational tool

  • Have a desire to look at books with text and illustrations

  • Engage in expressive language experiences that foster growth in language proficiency

  • Have cultivated pre-writing skills in the context of emergent literacy

  • Are able to write their own name andsome alphabet letters

  • Spontaneously choose to use writing implements

  • Understand that print carries meaning

  • Are aware of different letter sounds

  • May begin to hear rhyming sounds in prominent words

  • Become phonemically aware through classroom activities designed for that purpose


INTENDED ENDS FOR FAMILIES

Parents

  • Understand the importance of being the primary educator of their child and of participating in the educational process

  • Partner with the school in providing an enriched educational experience for their child

  • Understand the significance of continuing Christian education through elementary, secondary, and college years