Class Descriptions & Schedule
Eastern Christian Preschool Classes at Our Wyckoff Campus
Eastern Christian Preschool exists to prepare young followers of Jesus Christ as they develop academically, physically, socially, and spiritually. Our program is fully accredited and developmentally appropriate. Eastern Christian Preschool’s Wyckoff Campus is located in Faith Community Church right in front of Eastern Christian Middle School. The safety of our students is very important. The church is secure, and we have a director of security and safety on staff.
Eastern Christian Preschool recognizes that each child has been purposefully created in the image of God with unique gifts and abilities. Therefore, Eastern Christian Preschool utilities a teaching approach known as Developmentally Appropriate Practice. This means that we are continually identifying the developmental stage of each child in all areas of development: cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual. From there, we intentionally design play centers, projects, games, and literacy activities to support young learners as they progress to the next developmental stage.
Eastern Christian Preschool values play. We know that play nurtures every aspect of a child’s development. Through play, children establish the foundational intellectual, social, physical, and emotional skills needed for success in school and life. Children are learning when they build with blocks, paint a picture, swing on a swing, or make-believe. During play children try new things, solve problems, create, test ideas, and explore.
Our preschool students have a Christian faith-integrated curriculum. Each day begins with prayer and devotions. Our preschool students also worship the Lord through singing and learn a Bible story each day. However, our faith integration is not limited to Bible time. The children learn about God and his love throughout their day.
For children who are potty trained and will be 3 by October 1
Our Pre-K 3 class meets Tuesday and Thursday from 8:20 to 11:30.
In this class, children practice important social skills: playing with others, separating from parents, using good manners, and participating during clean up time. Our youngest learners grow in their ability to sit attentively and interact in group situations such as circle time and as they listen to daily Bible stories. Over the course of the year, our three-year-olds grow in their understanding and love of the Lord as they learn about creation, Bible heroes, and the life of Jesus. They also worship God through song and participate in prayer throughout the day. Both fine and gross motor skills are developed as these young children participate in a weekly Physical Education class, play on the playground and indoor gross motor room, and use a variety of media to create, build, and play. Their reading readiness skills are nurtured as they listen to stories, hear and understand new words, learn poems, nursery rhymes, and fingerplays. Reading readiness activities are designed to help children develop auditory and visual discrimination. The three-year-olds learn their colors, are introduced to the alphabet, and learn to recognize their names in print. Math readiness concepts include identifying shapes, recognizing numbers, and counting. The children also participate in a weekly music class. On a daily basis, children participate in circle time, play in self-selected centers, create a project, eat a snack (brought from home), play on the playground or in our indoor gross motor room, sing songs, and listen to stories. Our three-year-old classroom has a sensory table, kitchen area, block area, quiet book area, train table, easels, SmartBoard, iPad, and many other small toys to explore. Our three-year-olds also enjoy a variety of special days including a Thanksgiving celebration, Trike-a-thon, Mom’s Tea, Grandfriends’ Day, and Preschool Picnic. All of this takes place in a fun, loving, Christ-centered atmosphere.
For children who will be 4 by October 1
Class Scheduling Options
Our Pre-K 4 class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:20 to 11:30.
Our four-year-olds are developing self confidence and self direction as they grow in their ability to play cooperatively with peers by sharing their plans for play with others, listening to the plans of others, and implementing each idea. They are also growing in responsibility and self control as they follow simple rules and procedures with gentle reminders. Our four-year-olds gain knowledge and understanding of Old and New Testament Bible stories and are taught to exhibit characteristics of Christian living during daily devotions, Bible time, and as they learn to work and play together. Our preschoolers participate in prayer throughout the school day and are invited to lead in prayer. Four-year-olds are engaged in a weekly Physical Education class, play on the playground and in our indoor gross motor room to help develop balance, control, and agility. Through the use of a variety of classroom materials, students’ hand and finger movements become stronger and more controlled as their eye-hand coordination develops. These skills are foundational for a child’s beginning control over writing tools. Their reading readiness skills are nurtured as they listen to stories, practice following two- or three step directions, and develop phonological awareness. As the four-year-olds engage in alphabet activities, they further letter recognition and build phonemic awareness. The children begin to understand that letters form words and words can be both spoken and written. Children grow in their abilities to write their names and begin to copy easy words. Math readiness concepts include counting items with one-to-one correspondence, identifying numbers, sorting objects, duplicating simple patterns, recognizing and drawing shapes, and understanding and using several positional words. Children also participate in a weekly music class. On a daily basis, children participate in circle time, a fine motor activity, a math activity, self-selected center time, a project, story time, snack time (Snacks are brought from home.), and play on the playground or in the gross motor room. Our four-year-old classroom has a sensory table, kitchen area, block area, quiet book area in the loft, train table, easels, puzzles, SmartBoard, iPad, and a wide variety of table toys. Our four-year-olds also enjoy a variety of special days including class trips, Thanksgiving celebration, Christmas party, Trike-a-thon, Dad’s Pizza Night, Grandfriends’ Day, and Preschool Picnic. All of this takes place with the encouragement and support of loving, Christian teachers.