We believe children learn and grow best when they are able to learn through play and real life experiences. School wide, we enhance our program with thematic units. These themes are incorporated in a number of different ways such as projects, stories, songs, centers, activities, sensory play, bulletin boards, and much more. They make learning fun! Every week a different theme is explored as well as a different Bible story. Each age group also has Bible verses they learn. Through a hands on learning approach children are introduced to science, math, pre-reading, sensory, language, literacy and more! At our school we create, discuss, observe, sing, move, and read!
Parkway Children’s School also participates in Quality First! We also have a Smart Support (social, emotional) specialist, Inclusion (developmental) specialist, and a nurse that provides support and resources for our staff.
Our infant care program (6 weeks to 12 months) is staffed with experienced personnel who are dedicated to meeting the demanding needs of a newborn and the growing baby. We believe that meeting the child’s needs quickly and effectively, with much nurturing, lays a good foundation that will last a lifetime. Baby Signs ® are used in the infant and one year old programs.
For children 1 year (and walking) – 2 years, this program is designed with the active toddler in mind. Our staff is aware of the developmental stages that the children of this age go through. Their physical and emotional needs change almost daily. To help the young child feel secure, we have a daily routine, a stable environment, a loving staff, and a variety of age appropriate activities.When you visit our 12-24 month classrooms, it is very likely that you will see them painting with pudding, singing, or reading a story.If the weather is nice, it is more likely that you would find these classes outside playing on their “own” playground or on a buggy ride. With all of our activities, we still find time for naps, snacks, and lunch.
Playing is learning at the two-year-old level. The children in this class (2 -3 years old) learn by doing and experiencing. We take advantage of your child’s energy and curiosity to make learning a pleasurable process. Our teachers provide a combination of planned activities with intervals of independent play. Our twos are provided with age appropriate activities to stimulate their fine motor, gross motor, cognitive, and social development. There is also a strong emphasis in these classrooms on potty training. We believe that positive reinforcement and consistency is the way to help our twos master potty training.
Our preschool program is for children 3 years (and potty trained) – 5 years old. This program is arranged with “learning centers” to provide opportunities for creative play and emotional development, and to encourage social skills. Every week is a different theme and emphasizes a different letter. They use tactile ways of learning such as making the letter “O” with cheerios or making a “T’ with spaghetti. Reading readiness, literature, science, math skills, art, introduction to computers, music and movement, and Bible time are all a part of the preschool program.
Our Kindergarten program uses the Sonlight curriculum, which provides a well structured learning experience. Our class size does not exceed 15 children. During the kindergarten year, your child’s curriculum consists of the following:
Bible – Stories and Bible verse memorization
History & Geography
Reading & Language Arts
Handwriting Without Tears
During summer break our school agers (6 -12 years old) are engaged with fun activities throughout the hot days. Every week the children experience a fun theme. Some of our exciting activities include cooking, games, Bible lessons, drama, creative art, science experiments, and water play.