"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6
All of our classes have a focus on faith based education as well as achieving developmental milestones and growth in eight areas. These areas include:
Approaches to Learning
Social and Emotional Development
Language and Literacy
Creative Expression Through the Arts
Although the foundation of all of our classes is the same, each classroom is structured to meet each child's specific developmental needs. Read on to find out more about what to expect from each of our classrooms.
Bobcat (3 -24 Months) Class
Because of the age and needs of the children in this classroom, children create there own schedule. There are no exact feeding or nap times. We believe that infants should eat when they are hungry and sleep when they are tired. Infants, not unlike all children, should be exposed to as many sensory and learning opportunities as possible. Teachers in this classroom have a weekly lesson plan with skills that they have outlined to focus on. Lessons for this age group initially focus heavily on physical development and shift to basic social skills like sharing and cooperation as they progress.
Flamingo (12-24 Months) Class
Children in this classroom will begin to express more independence each day. They will be more physically-capable— being able to walk, run and play as their muscle groups develop. Unlike the Bobcats classroom, the Flamingo classroom will focus on independence, motor development, and increasing attention and focus. Children will continue to be exposed to as many sensory and learning opportunities as possible. Lesson plans with activities that teachers have outlined for the week which support the educational and physical development of children in the Flamingo class will be shared weekly.
Manatee (24-36 Months) Class
Children in this classroom will begin to express their wants and needs more vigorously. Children will also begin to potty-train. Character development is especially important at this age as children develop problem-solving skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Unlike the Flamingo classroom, the Manatee classroom will be a classroom focused on continued independence, increasing attention and focus, as well as character development based on Biblical principles and again, potty-training! Children will continue to be exposed to as many sensory and learning opportunities as possible. A lesson plan with activities supporting the educational and physical development of children in the Manatee class will be shared weekly.
Gator (2-3 Year Old) Class
Children in this classroom will be exposed to more direct instruction in line with how a kindergarten classroom will function. Children will be able to communicate and problem solve more effectively as well as learn and master concepts like numbers, letters, letter sounds and shapes. Children in this classroom should already be potty-trained; however, if they are not there will be an intense focus on this. Unlike the Manatee classroom, the Gator classroom will be focused on more complex, abstract educational concepts that will allow children to better understand the world around them. Character development is very important at this age as well. More complex, yet developmentally appropriate Bible stories will be used to help illustrate character development skills at this age. As always, children will continue to be exposed to as many sensory and learning opportunities as possible. Lesson plans with activities that teachers have outlined supporting the overall development of children in the Gator classroom will be shared weekly.
This classroom will function exactly as a kindergarten classroom does with developmentally appropriate activities for children not yet of kindergarten age. Children in this classroom will be expected to meet certain learning goals, assessed at different times during the school year. Children enrolled in our VPK program will be following standards and curriculum appointed to us here at MSBP from the state of Florida. Children in this classroom should already be potty-trained as the rigor of the curriculum does not allow us time to focus on this. Unlike the Gator classroom, The Panther classroom is closely monitored by the state of Florida and as such is much more rigorous in its standards and learning goals. Character development is still very important at this age but will be focused on after the three hours of VPK instruction have concluded. As always children will continue to be exposed to as many sensory and learning opportunities as possible. A lesson plan supporting the overall development of children in the Panther classroom with activities that teachers have outlined will be shared weekly.