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Gospel Light Bible Curriculum

Overview

Gospel Light’s Bible Curriculum helps children to know that God loves and cares for us; that God sent Jesus to show His love for us; that God's Word helps us learn about the greatness and goodness of God and the Lord Jesus.  We should all respond by demonstrating love for God through kindness, helpfulness, and thankfulness; by talking to God in prayer.  Each bible lesson presents the message of God's love in a language children understand with memorable activities that can have a lasting impact on young lives.  Family FunTime Pages are sent home weekly to provide a fun, interactive way for parents to reinforce the weekly Bible story and serve as spiritual mentors to their children.  The goals of Gospel Light’s preschool curriculum are: ·        

  • To help the child begin to associate God and Jesus with loving people and enjoyable activities; to develop an awareness of the name of Jesus and associate Him with being loved; to feel secure and loved at church by having physical and emotional needs met by caring adults. ·        
  • To assists parents in guiding their child's spiritual development. 

By the time a child has completed Gospel Light's Early Childhood curriculum, he or she should be able to: ·        

  • Tell that the stories in the Bible are true. ·        
  • Tell that the Bible is God's news to us. ·        
  • Recognize by sight Bible words such as "Jesus" and "God." ·        
  • Listen with understanding to Bible stories and verses. ·        
  • Tell that God gave the Bible to help us learn about His love and His plan to send His son, Jesus. ·    
  • Name everyday actions that show obedience to Bible verses. ·        
  • State in his or her own words Bible truths about ways to love and obey God.    

A new Bible story is presented each week, engaging every child in the Bible story and leading them to experience God’s love and to know Jesus.  Each lesson includes music, activities, and games that are not only fun, but help children apply the Bible stories to their daily lives.   

A Beka

  • The following information is from A Beka:

Overview

A Beka Book curriculum is based on results from reliable studies for traditional best practices and is validated by the measured success of thousands of students over decades of time.  The educational approach is founded on biblical principles that address the nature of the learner and learning, the nature of truth and authority, and what is important to learn and know.  Children are presented opportunities to enjoy art as they develop motor skills, develop eye-hand coordination, and follow directions. Children are introduced to letters, numbers, and the world around them. A love for language through poetry and finger plays and a love for music with fun songs is incorporated throughout the curriculum.   

2-Year-Old PreKindergarten

  • Math: The goal is for children to count from 1-25 and recognize numbers 1-10.  In addition to number recognition and one-to-one correspondence, fine motor skills, such as coloring, painting and gluing, are also developed while completing these pages.   
  • Peabody Early Experiences Kit (PEEK): PEEK is a comprehensive curriculum published by American Guidance Services that incorporates skill development in the following areas: classification, cooperation, logical thinking, movement, naming, oral expression, problem solving, sequencing, sharing, sorting, taking turns, and expressive and receptive vocabulary.  The lessons are arranged in spiral sequence to reinforce new concepts as well as to provide for a range of difficulty levels.  Activities are classified by 17 content areas, such as colors, body parts, and numbers as well as cognitive, social and linguistic domains.       

3-Year-Old PreKindergarten

  • Math: Button Bear helps children sharpen their listening skills, practice following directions, and practice eye-hand coordination as they learn number concepts 1-15.  In addition to number recognition and one-to-one correspondence, fine motor skills, such as coloring, painting and gluing, are also developed while completing these pages.   
  • Writing: Children enjoy tracing pathways, doing dot to dot, and coloring large, simple forms on the skill sheets to develop fine motor skills.  Letters and Sounds   
  • Phonics: This beginning A-B-C book helps young children recognize letter shapes and learn letter sounds. Activities include using finger paint, glue, crayons, and writing practice.    

4-Year-Old Junior Kindergarten

  • Math: Introduces number concepts and the formation of numbers 1-20. Children enjoy counting and coloring familiar objects for each number and forming the numbers. In addition to number recognition and one-to-one correspondence, fine motor skills, such as coloring, painting and gluing, are also developed while completing these pages.   
  • Phonics: Phonics-based reading readiness pages are full of carefully sequenced activities in recognition, sound, and formation of vowels (long and short), consonants, consonant-vowel blends, and one-syllable words of one or two vowels.    
  • Writing:  Writing tablet correlated with K4 phonics curriculum and ABC 123. Students will be tracing and practicing letter formation on the colorful pages. Pages have activities that help with recognition, sound, and formation of vowels, consonants, blends, and one and two vowel words.   

5-Year-old Junior Kindergarten

  • Math: Our 5 year olds are taught Tennessee State PreK standards using hands-on, meaningful teaching strategies based on assessment results.  Children progress at their own pace and are encouraged to construct higher order thinking skills.  Math skills include but are not limited to: oral counting, skip counting, basic addition and subtraction, telling time, ordering numbers, quantifying sets, and much more!    
  • Phonics and Writing:  Colorful pages designed to give students practice in manuscript writing while reviewing phonics sounds, blends, one and two vowel words. Used for second semester independent work.   
  • Reading: Delightfully illustrated little books start with very basic vowel sounds and go on to consonants, blends, words, and simple sentences. Each book is short enough for a child to complete in one or two sessions. Includes delightful pictures for the child to color and activity pages for review.   Classroom Lesson Plans Weekly lesson plans incorporate A Beka and Gospel Light curriculum aspects as well as center and classroom activities centered around a monthly unit and weekly theme.  Lesson plans indicate weekly skills and concepts for children to explore, learn, and develop in various activities each day.


Click here for an example of a 2-year-old Lesson Plan   

Click here for an example of a 3-year-old Lesson Plan   

Click here for an example of a 4-year-old Lesson Plan  

Click here for an example of a 5-year-old Lesson Plan


5-year-old Senior Kindergarten

The following are specifics to our 5-year-old Senior Kindergarten program. This program also includes curriculum from Gospel Light and A Beka.

Daily 5 

The following information is from Daily 5

Overview

The Daily 5 is a framework for structuring literacy time so children develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently.

  • This framework will allow the teacher to incorporate A Beka and Tennessee State Standards in a manner that will allow children to develop independence, stamina, and accountability.  Additionally, this framework enables the teacher to meet a variety of student needs simultaneously while spending less time on classroom management and increasing literacy achievement of individual children. 
  •  Each day children choose from five authentic reading and writing choices, allowing them to work independently towards individual goals.  The Daily 5 choices included: read to self, work on writing, read to someone, listen to reading, and word work.  
  • Benefits of the Daily 5 framework include: student development of independence, stamina, and accountability; less time on classroom management and more time on instruction; easily adapted to A Beka and Tennessee State Standards; improving literacy achievement; independence learned in Daily 5 transfers to other content areas, including Daily 3. 

 Singapore Math 

 The following information is from Singapore Math 

 Overview

Singapore Math Kindergarten curriculum is a comprehensive, activity-based program designed to provide kindergarten children with a strong mathematical foundation.  This curriculum prepares children to think critically.  Hands-on tasks, meaningful activities and attractive illustrations encourage and engage children to be active learners to concepts that build on one another.   Concepts are taught using progression of concrete, to pictorial and then abstract.  ·      

  • Activity Books and Big Books: These books provide hands-on tasks, meaningful activities and attractive illustrations to encourage and engage children to be active learners with concepts that build on one another.  Activity books are used for independent work in conjunction with math centers.  Big books are used by teachers in whole group to introduce and solidify math concepts. Introduces number concepts and the formation of numbers 1-20. Children enjoy counting and coloring familiar objects for each number and forming the numbers. In addition to number recognition and one-to-one correspondence, fine motor skills, such as coloring, painting and gluing, are also developed while completing these pages.  

 Math Daily 3

The following information is from Math Daily 3

Overview

Math Daily 3 is a framework for structuring math time so children develop conceptual understanding and mathematical proficiency.  ·      

  • This framework will allow the teacher to incorporate Singapore Math and Tennessee State Standards in a manner that will allow children to develop independence, stamina, and accountability.  Additionally, this framework enables the teacher to meet a variety of student needs simultaneously.  
  •  Each day, children choose from: math by myself, math writing, and math with someone.  Teachers find that Math Daily 3 encourages productivity and engages children in ways that allow them to develop a love of mathematics.      

Scholastic Science and Social Studies 

 The following information is from Scholastic My Big World with Clifford

Overview

Scholastic My Big World with Clifford provides reinforcement for early learning skills themed around a science or social studies topic.  The topics then promote skill development in language, math, phonological awareness, physical development, and social development.  Each issue uses simple nonfiction to encourage development of these skills using various science and social studies topics. Specific skill development can be found here.  Monthly topics can be found here

Scholastic Science and Social Studies 

The following information is from Scholastic: Let’s Find Out My Weekly Reader

Overview 

Scholastic Let’s Find Out My Weekly Reader brings seasonal nonfiction magazine to the classroom each month.  Each issue promotes early education foundational skills, sight word practice, vocabulary expansion, and comprehension and critical thinking using monthly topics related to various science and social studies topics which can be found here.  Teachers have online resources and interactive learning that incorporates technology skills and standards which can be found here

Tennessee Kindergarten Social Studies State Standards 

Tennessee Kindergarten Social Studies State Standards can be found here

Overview 

In addition to Scholastic My Big World and Let’s Find Out, children will engage in various project-related learning regarding culture, economics, geography, government and civics, and history.  The primary project the class will work on during the year will be Me on the Map and Flat Stanley in which children will learn about their world beginning with their school and home and growing to the countries and continents surrounding the U.S.