PRESCHOOL CLASSES

The Ark participates in Early Achievers, Washington’s quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). Early Achievers is voluntary for licensed child care providers and helps early learning programs offer high-quality care. Early Achievers ensures that the child care providers receive all needed help and resources to sustain high quality programming.


Curriculum is aligned to Washington State’s Early Learning and Development Guidelines.


  • About me, my family and my culture.
  • Building relationships.
  • Touching, seeing, hearing and moving around Growing up healthy.
  • Communicating and learning about my world. 


Most activities are theme related and will involve hands on activities, such as crafts, baking, language arts, movement activities and much more.

 

Field trips are also another way the children learn about the world around them, will occur approximately once a month.  


  • Christian Character Development


    The children are introduced to God’s love through Bible stories, object lessons, and every day living stories.  The emphasis is on Christian character traits and qualities such as kindness, forgiving others, patience, etc.    Songs, Bible stories, puppets, DVD’s, and object lessons are used to teach these attributes.


    It is important that each child’s culture, family, personality, and individual characteristics are affirmed.


    This is demonstrated through God’s love as well as the staff’s love and care.


    We participate annually in Operation Christmas Child where we provide supplies and toys to children who live in third world countries and those who have experienced natural disasters.

  • Relationships


    Our goal is that children will learn how to interact with their peers and adults. 

    We foster behaviors such as:

    • following directions
    • appropriate group interaction
    • waiting to take turns
    • sharing in an affirming, safe environment


    These social behaviors are life-long skills needed to be successful in school and the world around them.


  • Language/Literacy



    Our goal is for each child to learn the joy of reading and a hunger for lifelong learning through:


    • Listening to stories
    • Dramatic play
    • Class discussions
    • Small group interactions
    • Teacher-child interactions
    • Meal-times


    Play times inside and out will all contribute to language development in the young child.


    • Learning letters
    • Sounds
    • Writing
    • Dictating sentences and words for the teacher to write


    All these will enable children to make connections between the spoken and written word. School age children have many opportunities for reading and writing. 

    Dictating sentences and words for the teacher to write will enable children to make connections between the spoken and written word. School age children have many opportunities for reading and writing. 


    Each class has an assortment of books. They can read on their own, read to each other, or be read to by an adult.

  • Science/Math/Cooking/Art


    Children love learning new things about the world around them.  


    Here are some of our favorites:


    • Science experiments and develop exploration skills in the science centers. 
    • Math activities include patterning (with colors, clapping, etc.), counting, and measuring. 
    • Cooking, which involves measuring, counting, and sequencing. 
    • Finger painting, watercolors, collages, 3 dimensional crafts, and more.


    All classes will have the opportunity to use various forms of art mediums. 

  • Music/Programs

    Music is a daily activity. 


    Some of the ways music is learned and expressed is through:


    • Playing instruments
    • Dancing
    • Listening to a variety of styles of music
    • Movement with music


    The children will learn a variety of songs that will go along with theme related and/or seasonal activities.


    Preschoolers Perform:

    • Thanksgiving Program
    • Christmas Program
    • Spring Song
    • Easter Egg Hunt
    • End-of-the-Year Program


    These will involve a song presentation by all of the preschool classes. 

    Parents and relatives are encouraged to come. 


    School Agers are involved in the Christmas and End-of-the-Year program, which is performed at the end of the academic school year.

  • Motor/Sensory Skills


    For fine motor skills, preschool children will have many opportunities to use:


    • Crayons
    • Scissors
    • Pencils
    • Play Dough
    • Draw or write using sand


    They will have the opportunity to use many different art mediums to make their own unique creations. 


    Large motor skills can be developed through:


    • Movement activities with music
    • Dance
    • Scarves
    • Play in our gymnasium or play outside in our play yard
  • Learning Centers


    Many of the activities will be set up as centers. The children will have a choice of what they would like to be involved in. 


    The centers will include: 


    • A science center
    • Art center
    • Blocks
    • Reading center
    • Manipulative
    • Other centers that will be rotated monthly
  • Health/Snacks/Meals

    We provide daily living skills such as:


    • Nutrition
    • Self-help skills Health (learning how to zip their coats, wash their hands, etc.)
    • Safety will be taught and demonstrated.


    Healthy meals we serve are:


    • Breakfast
    • A mid-morning snack
    • Lunch
    • Afternoon snack
  • Special Days/Events

    During the school year and summer, we have Crazy Days and theme events we celebrate. 


    Here are some example of some things we have done: 


    • Pirate Day (dress up like a pirate, pirate party) 
    • Crazy hat or hair day
    • Inside Outward day
    • Luau
    • Olympics
    • Kingdom Faire (dress up like knights and princesses, “jousting”, building a class castle)


    We also have a few family activity nights per year and here are some of the activity nights we've conducted:


    • Indoor Campout
    • Family Valentine's Night
    • Science and Math Night
    • Inventors Night
    • Old-fashioned Picnic Afternoon
    • More to come!