Christ United Methodist Church
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CDC Philosophy & Curriculum

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Philosophy

As a ministry of Christ United Methodist Church, Children’s Discovery Center believes that each child is a child of God and should have the opportunity to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually to his or her fullest potential. Children’s Discovery Center provides learning experiences through hands-on activities with small groups of children of the same age. Emphasis is placed on the needs of the individual child to develop self confidence and independence in successful learning opportunities. As we plan to meet the educational needs of the young children of our school, specific kinds of learning experiences will be provided to reflect an awareness and sensitivity to their learning style. Research has shown that the first five years are critical to a child’s brain development. At CDC we make learning fun. Our goal for each child is to develop a healthy, positive feeling about himself/herself and develop a love for learning. For more information about our philosophy and school policies and procedures, view our Parent Handbook – Updated June-2016.

CDC Curriculum

The CDC uses Teaching Strategies’ Creative Curriculum. This is a developmentally appropriate curriculum framework that enhances the quality experiences, learning opportunities and goals children have been offered at CDC for so many years! To learn more about the Creative Curriculum, parents are encouraged to access their webpage at www.teachingstrategies.com.

1-Year-Olds:

  • Gaining a sense of independence
  • Separation from parents, realizing the parent will return
  • Socialization – sharing, taking turns, etc.
  • Gross motor skills – walking, running, hopping
  • Language development and vocabulary – through songs and finger plays
  • Learning about God’s love

2-Year-Olds:

  • Socialization – sharing, taking turns, etc.
  • Gaining a greater sense of independence
  • Increasing language usage and vocabulary
  • Recognizing their name in print
  • Introducing the alphabet
  • Counting skills
  • Shapes and colors
  • Group games
  • Fine motor manipulative activities
  • Music and Movement enrichment class
  • Learning about God’s love

3-Year-Olds:

  • Gaining a sense of independence, responsibility and self-reliance
  • Cooperation and respect for others
  • Using words to express feelings
  • Listening and following directions
  • Communicating needs
  • Fine motor activities such as cutting and holding a pencil correctly
  • Introducing the alphabet and beginning sounds
  • Increasing language usage and vocabulary
  • Recognize and print their name
  • Understanding beginning math concepts such as recognizing numbers, one-to-one correspondence, sorting and classifying
  • Learning about God’s love

Enrichment activities for 3-year-old children include Chapel and Music and Movement.

4-Year-Olds and Transitional Kindergarten:

  • Gaining a sense of independence, responsibility and self-reliance
  • Cooperation and respect for others
  • Learning about school protocol – waiting their turn, walking in a line, routine, etc.
  • Participation in group activities
  • Listening and following directions and classroom rules
  • Pre-reading skills – letters and sounds, beginning and ending sounds, rhyming words, recognizing and reading environmental print, etc.
  • Reading readiness – print carries a message, print runs from top to bottom, left to right, etc.
  • Writing letters and numbers
  • Beginning math, science and history
  • Learning about God’s love

Enrichment activities for 3 & 4-year-old and transitional kindergarten classes include Computers, Chapel, Music and Movement, and Spanish.

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