Mission, Philosophy & Curriculum
A Warm and Supportive Atmosphere for Your Child
The primary goal of The Young Children’s School is to provide a warm and supportive atmosphere where children can acquire skills appropriate to their developmental level.
Specific program goals provide:
- Positive examples that reinforce Christian principles and pro-social behavior.
- Daily discovery-based play experiences that helps children form healthy life long friendships .
- An environment which encourages children to grow in confidence, competence and personal autonomy.
- Encouragement of creativity, exploration and problem solving in academic, artistic and socialization experiences.
- A language rich environment where each child can expand effective expressive and receptive language skills.
- Daily experiences that enhance each child’s sensory-perceptual, visual, tactile, auditory, fine and gross motor skills.
- An environment that encourages connections to promote the development of reasoning skills .
- Finally, an environment that celebrates the JOYS of LIFE.
Since 1959, the Oak Grove Young Children’s School has been an outreach ministry of OGUMC, striving to offer the community a high quality early childhood education program steeped in love and care for all children. By creating a nurturing environment where each child is valued for who he or she is, we are able to provide support to families in the important task of parenting.
Our program emphasizes the socialization skills of young children and uses a discovery based approach to learning. Recognizing that children grow and develop at different rates, a broad range of developmentally appropriate learning experiences is provided daily.
The YCS curriculum is designed to foster growth of the whole child – physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual. Allowing the interests of children to drive the curriculum creates a rich and meaningful learning experience. Children need affirming relationships to grow in self-confidence, curiosity and the capacity to cooperate with others. The Oak Grove Young Children’s School is a Christian environment of kindness and encouragement, helping each child to personally become aware of God’s love and to grow in an understanding of Christian principles. Together with caring and creative teachers, each child is encouraged to discover their God given gifts, personality and talents while exploring the world we live in.
“The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different – to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.” John Fischer
The Oak Grove Young Children’s School uses the Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies, Inc. as a curriculum guideline for all ages. Lesson plans are based on seasonal themes, socialization activities, and age- appropriate skill development. Each day begins with defined lesson plan goals which “emerge” in response to the children’s curiosity and interests.
Other curriculum resources include
- Itty Bitty Book Worm (3’s) , Zoo-Phonics (Pre-K), Handwriting without Tears (3’s & Pre-K), Gryphon House (toddlers)
- Weekly specials for all ages are: Music and Brain & Body Time
- 3’s and Pre-K classes also have these additional weekly specials: small group Math/Science lab, and Fine Motor Fun with our in-house Occupational Therapist, Tracey Bell
- 3’s and Pre-K attend chapel once a month
- Playground or gym time is an everyday essential for all ages
At YCS, learn through play is child-centered and self-initiated. Classroom environments are planned to promote discovery. Lesson plans and learning activities grow from observation of the children’s interests and assessment of each child’s skills and needs.
Children learn best when they can interact with their environment. Multi sensory opportunities are available for seeing, touching, tasting, building, creating, exploring and self-expressing. The teachers’ primary role is to set the stage by offering experiences that stimulate the children’s senses and curiosities. To prepare children for Kindergarden our curriculum promotes language delevopment, gross and fine motor skills, social skills, phonemic awareness, hands on math and science skills, problem solving and character development.
Our goal is to partner with parents in supporting developmentally appropriate growth of the whole child.