Our Program at Toledo Christian Eagle’s Nest
“Children are learning every minute of their day.” They are learning from their environment, from their daily schedule, from their activities and from time spent outdoors. They learn from the world around them. In the Eagle’s Nest, we work to facilitate their learning.
- The Classroom
- Each classroom is set up for authentic learning. Children are given opportunities to make choices, come up with ideas, experiment and take responsibility for their work.
- Materials are low on shelves, in containers and on hooks so they can be managed independently
- Shelves are neat and uncluttered, so materials are easy to see, remove and replace.
- A variety of learning materials are available to the child in each area
- Soft lamps, comfortable arrangements, and natural, inviting decor give each classroom a familiar hominess
- Distinct interest areas are created ~blocks, dramatic play, art, discovery, library, sensory and movement~ to promote decision-making, focus, and classification. These skills are essential to understanding and problem solving.
- The Child
- The Philosophy – Reggio Emilia // “The child is worthy of being listened to.”
- Children are growing researchers; they can and want to communicate with the surrounding world. They are individuals with their own thoughts, emotions and expressions.
- Children have enormous potential and curiosity. Children strive to understand the world, creating their own theories to explain how it functions. Their knowledge should be drawn out using their natural curiosity, not filled in.
- The Reggio Approach also understands that time should not always be set by the clock, but by the need and interest of the children. Sufficient time is given for children to express, learn, explore, extend and revisit given projects.
- The Teacher
- The teacher is learning about each child, not just what is typical of 4- or 5-year-olds. The teacher is the researcher, the data gatherer, and the strategic contributor to the child’s capacity to learn.
- Within the teacher-researcher role, our teachers carefully listen, observe, and document children’s work and the growth of community in their classroom. They provoke, co-construct, and stimulate thinking, and collaboration. Each is committed to reflection about his or her own teaching and learning.
- The Environment
- “The Third Teacher”
- Great attention is given to the look and feel of the classroom. Carefully organizes spaces accommodate the needs and interests of the children
- Documentation of children’s work (called panels), collections that children have made, and work that children have created are displayed both at the children’s and adult eye levels
- A welcoming environment encourages a child to engage in activity and discovery. The Reggio Emilia approach integrates nature into the curriculum so that the child learns to appreciate the physical and structural environment. It is designed to encourage playful encounters for our preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students.
- The Academic Curriculum
The Junior Kindergarten program was the very last grade designed in the 13 year curriculum of Memoria Press and Highlands Latin School. It follows a top down approach that serves the complete Memoria Press curriculum. The program provides a thorough, yet gentle, foundation for the student before he begins his formal academic career. The goals of the Junior Kindergarten curriculum are simple—introduce the student to the joy of learning and the satisfaction of a job well done. The Jr. Kindergarten curriculum is consistent with the remainder of the Memoria Press Classical curriculum with focus on:
• Age-appropriate, quality content
• Real books-classics that are beautiful and rich
• Well prioritized objectives
We want our youngest students prepared for a rigorous phonics-based Kindergarten by being “reading ready” and academically mature. As importantly, we want our young students to delight in the pleasures of this stage of life—to capitalize on the curiosity and enthusiasm of their youth and to enjoy the songs, stories, games, rhymes and prayers enjoyed by pre-school aged children for generations.Written Curriculum Used in the Eagle’s Nest:
Classical Core Curriculum for Junior Kindergarten, by Memoria Press
- Handwriting Without Tears // Pre-K only
- Aiming to make legible and fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill, our curriculum uses hands-on, educationally sound instructional methods to teach handwriting.
- HeartShaper Bible
- Children are introduced to God, His Son, His Word, and His Church. They will become engaged in Bible stories and Bible study through multisensory learning, Bible skill-building activities, and focused life application.
- Open Court Language Arts // Pre-K only
- A research-based curriculum grounded in systematic, explicit instruction of:
- phonemic awareness, phonics and word knowledge
- comprehension skills and strategies
- inquiry skills and strategies
- writing and language arts skills and strategies
- The Daily Schedule
- We want your child to feel secure and independent, to move from one activity to another as easily and confidently as possible. We want to provide a variety of learning experiences for a well-rounded education, so we plan a daily schedule with these goals in mind. The schedule you see on the table works well for us. After a few short weeks, the children become remarkably independent and responsible learners.
7:00 Before Care in the Preschool classroom
7:45 Prayer & Devotions, Pledges & Recitation, Calendar & Weather, Music & Poetry
8:30 Specials- Gym, Music, Art, Library
9:15 Morning Work & Individual Task Time
9:40 Show & Tell
Large Group Lessons
10:00 Small Group Work & Developmental Centers
10:30 Gross Motor/Outdoor Play
11:45 Half-day dismissal
12:00 Restrooms/ Nap Sacks
12:30 Quiet Rest
2:30 Outdoor Time or Open Centers
2:55 After Care in Preschool Classroom