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 also
  • 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