The goal of Sardis Weekday School is to encourage fullness in the growth of each child. This goal is individualized for each child in order to meet his unique needs at his own level and at his own pace. We hope to supplement family life and extend the spiritual growth of each child through the loving guidance of our Christian staff.
We promote healthy physical development by encouraging physical activity in a variety of forms. While physical activity enhances a child’s overall physical development, it has been proven to have psychological and social benefits as well.
Each child’s cognitive development will be enriched through a step-by-step progression of acquiring skills, concepts and methodology. Our curriculum prepares children for reading and writing by teaching awareness of size, shape and numbers; development of communication and language skills; and instilling an understanding of nature that exceeds mere appreciation.
We believe spiritual growth starts at an early age. We nurture each child in an environment filled with love and acceptance, helping them to prepare for full and happy lives.
The curriculum consists of monthly themes and weekly subthemes.
Our curriculum includes the following subject areas:
- Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, 3 and 4 year-olds will learn the alphabet and letter sounds through the Zoo-phonics curriculum.
- Language arts is a primary focus for these young children. The children’s receptive and expressive language is enhanced through the use of fingerplays, nursery rhymes, and poetry.
- We emphasize reading at all ages. Our children have full use of the children’s library as well as reading centers within the classrooms.
- This year, we debut Echos, an early childhood hands on science curriculum at SWS. Echos focuses on life science, earth science and physical science. There are 9 units and they are as follows: Rainy
eather, Beginning Botanist, Feathered Friends, Busy Buzzing Bees, Discovering Shells,Blocks Measure Up, Water Play, Astonishing Air and Magnificent Magnets. These are all child friendly topics created to engage students in experiments and exploration. They will observe, describe, categorize, predict, experiment and conclude….all science process skills!
- Creative dramatics help children in developing language and spontaneous play.
- Social studies focus on learning about self, home, family, and the community.
- Art encourages creativity and stimulates the child’s exploration and imaginative expression.
- The goals of the music experiences are to develop appreciation and musical competencies.
- Math enables the child to learn skills in rote counting, numerical recognition, and sets.
- Thinking and gross motor games motivate children to develop cognitive skills within a play situation.
- Chapel – Our students begin their relationship with God through reading Bible stories and discussion, singing and prayer.
- Storytelling – A love of literacy is encouraged through interactive storytelling which incorporates creative drama, movement and music.
- Music and Movement (M&M) – Our children have fun while learning to move their bodies to music, exercising and learning new skills in a high-energy environment.
- Science – A hands-on approach to learning about the world around us.
- Computers – An introduction to the world of computer learning.
- Spanish – We look forward to expanding our students’ knowledge of people around them through teaching new language skills.
- Book Fairs – Scholastic Book Fair and Cardinal Lane Book Fairs are scheduled during the school year.
6 months – 11 months
It is our goal that your infant receives individualized care, loving attention, and opportunities for development. Infants learn and are stimulated through sensory perception—visual, hearing and touch. The crib room is filled with cuddly stuffed animals and age-appropriate toys which stimulate the imagination and enhance learning skills. At this tender age, infants become attached to their caregivers and trust is developed. This sense of trust fosters intellectual development.
12 months – 23 months
Toddlers explore their world and learn through sensory and motor experiences. Wooden blocks, picture books, and age-appropriate toys are provided to develop their motor skills. Activities such as reading, puzzles, singing, and playing music foster their cognitive growth. Our teachers strive to build a trusting relationship with each child. Through positive interaction with staff and with other children, the students gain a sense of identity and growing independence. Teachers provide a word-rich environment. Exercise is integrated as it promotes freedom to explore.
24 months – 35 months
Toddlers who are two years old show interest in exploring their environment. Their world expands as their coordination improves, their language skills progress, and they begin to interact more with their peers. Social growth is encouraged as children move from independent play to cooperative play. Curriculum design is based on thematic units which strengthen cognitive abilities and language growth. Classroom activities include art, learning colors, drawing, painting, and reading books.
Our 3 year-old classrooms promote growth in language with activities such as reading, story-telling, rhymes, and songs. A word-rich environment is provided so that children begin to learn that words have meaning. Social interaction is encouraged to cooperate with friends and to take turns. They will begin to experience classroom structure—learning how to listen and follow simple directions and to work interactively with others both in large and small group dynamics. Cognitive development is enhanced as they gain name recognition, number recognition and begin counting to 10 and begin introductory work to math, social studies, and science. All of these cognitive, language, and social skills are honed and serve as a precursor to success in the four-year-old classroom.
Four-year-old children are “magical thinkers”. Our classroom teachers encourage their sense of creativity and challenge the students with the introduction and development of language. Focus is placed on developing letter and word recognition. The children are introduced to learning elementary math skills, such as number recognition, graphing, one-to-one correspondence, and counting. They are taught basic science concepts about plants, animals, and nature. They begin learning basic computer skills. They are encouraged in building interpersonal social skills such as working cooperatively with other children and building respect for others. This four-year-old curriculum serves as a readiness program for kindergarten.