The Little Bears class is for toddlers who are two by September first. This class provides a safe-fun and Christ-centered environment for young children. These children enjoy a developmentally-appropriate environment with intentional teachers who provide lessons focused on each child's personal growth and development. The Little Bears learn a new theme each month, a new color, a Bible story, and participate in special events that brighten up their days! The classroom environment provides carefully designed centers which reflect our philosophy that play is fundamental to learning. Learning through the senses is an important part of the Little Bear class curriculum. We teach to foster growth in the cognitive, social/emotional/ physical/ language and spiritual areas of each child's life!
The Winkie Bears class is for children who are turning three years of age by September first. The Winkie Bears class provides an early-childhood educational environment full of joy and interaction. These children enjoy a developmentally-appropriate environment with intentional teachers who provide lessons focused on each child's personal growth and development. This classroom offers a play-centered environment with centers for each child's enjoyment and growth. The Winkie Bears are learning basic skills that will strengthen their fine and gross motor skills, as well as expose them to literature and the wonder of God's Word. Learning through the senses is an important part of the Winkie Bear experience. We teach to foster growth in the cognitive, social/emotional/ physical/ language and spiritual areas of each child's life! The Handwriting Without Tears ®curriculum is used in this class.
Peter Panda -
The Peter Panda class is for children who will turn four years of age by September first. This is pre-kindergarten classroom with a delicately blended balance of play and academics that will prepare each child for kindergarten. Children in the Peter Panda class enjoy carefully prepared centers, along with both child-directed and teacher-directed instruction. Peter Panda provides an early-childhood educational environment full of joy and interaction with caring teachers. Our teachers provide intentional lessons that reflect a sincere concern for every child's physical, social/emotional/ cognitive/ language and spiritual growth. The Handwriting Without Tears ®curriculum is used in this class. Bible stories are carefully integrated within each classroom theme. Kid Writing® is also an important part of the Peter Panda classroom as the children learn to write in journals and prepare for kindergarten.
Berenstain Bear - (This class is enrollment dependent)
The Berenstain Bear class is designed for children who are an older 4 by September 1st or who will be five years old by December 31st. We call this a “growing” year and base the lessons and environment on the needs for children who either would have qualified for kindergarten, or are fall birthdays and are ready for a more academic preschool classroom.
As with all of our classes here at Maple Grove Preschool, we believe that is a play is the work of childhood, and this class would encourage the highest level of play, which is cooperative play, according to researcher Mildred Parten.
This class emphasizes one-on-one teaching opportunities as the enrollment doesn’t go past 10, allowing for a low teacher to student ratio.
Berenstain Bear students are taught at the developmental level for the average five or six year old, realizing that they have longer attention spans than the average four year old. Lesson planning includes challenging activities and interactive circle time.
Berenstain Bear integrates science through hands-on experiments and cooking activities. It has carefully organized centers that intentionally focus on literacy, math and science skills.
Children enjoy the concepts of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) through fun, interactive activities.
BB refines the basics of handwriting skills through the use of the Handwriting Without Tears kindergarten level curriculum, emphasizing both lower-case and capital letters.
BB emphasizes early writing skills by integrating personal journals for each child using the Kid-Writing ® Program.