EARLY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Ages 18 months - 5 years

From the Director


Welcome to the First Baptist Christian School Early Education Program!

Our desire is to provide a loving, safe and Christ-centered environment. Our Early Education teachers are equipped to guide your child on their spiritual and developmental journey. As an Early Educator and parent, I understand the importance in choosing the best education for your child. We are privileged that you would consider us.

 

Our main focus is to prepare your child for Kindergarten and beyond. We use engaging curriculum, weekly music lessons, Chapel time, Bible lessons, fun activities and events throughout the year to prepare your child for their next step.

 

I look forward to meeting you and introducing you to our wonderful program.

 

Love,


Mrs. Laurie Best

 

  • Toddlers

    Once they're on the move, your little one will make their way into our toddler room. Our toddler teacher incorporates music, movement, and reading into their daily routine to make every moment a teachable one. They also incorporate basic sign language using ASL into our daily routine to assist with language development. Some of the signs they frequently use are ‘more,’ ‘milk,’ ‘all done,’ ‘please,’ and ‘thank you.’ It is truly amazing to watch little ones begin to express themselves and learn how to communicate with each other and their teacher!


  • Twos

    Our Twos class is here to help with one of the biggest steps in a child's early life - potty training! A low teacher-to-child ratio makes sure that each student gets the help, support, and attention needed to be successful. Through meal times, children will continue to learn table manners including mastering eating with a spoon and drinking from an open cup. In this class circle time is introduced for story time, calendar, and weekly chapel lessons.


  • Three Year Olds

    Once your child is fully potty trained, our Threes class is the next step on their early educational journey. In this classroom, both Handwriting Without Tears and Pathways to Preschool are utilized daily to lay a strong foundation of phonics and handwriting skills. Through circle time, the teacher incorporates math, science, and daily Bible lessons using Walking With God and His People. Everyday teachable moments provide opportunities for teachers to correct behavior and demonstrate how even the littlest of ones can make choices that honor God. At FBCS, three year olds are truly "big kids!"

  • Four Year Olds

    Four year oIds are full of energy, creativity, and love to learn! In this classroom Footsteps for Fours and Handwriting Without Tears is used to introduce students to the alphabet, numbers 1-10, shapes, colors, and calendar. Children are able to explore their classroom through center rotations and dramatic play. Along with weekly chapel, their teacher continues to incorporate daily Bible lessons and how they can shine for Jesus in everything they do!  This class is a full day program that follows the Early Education Calendar.  


  • Transitional Kindergarten Class (Must be 4 years of age by September 1st)

    Kindergarten readiness is the ultimate goal in our Pre-K class. Your child’s teacher follows a defined instructional schedule.  Through our curriculum, Handwriting Without Tears and Footsteps for Fours students are actively engaged in developing phonemic awareness, strengthening their fine motor skills, and learning how to successfully write their names. Mathematics and science are incorporated throughout the day with hands-on activities. In addition to a weekly chapel on Wednesdays, students are introduced to a relationship with Jesus in daily Bible lessons using Walking With God and His People.  This class meets Monday - Friday from 8:00-12:00 and follows the FBCS Elementary Calendar.  


  • Art Room

    A fun place for little ones to let their creative minds flourish!


  • Playground

    Developing gross motor skills on our playground is always a favorite place to go with our students. Each class has a morning and afternoon recess.


Curriculum

Because their minds are quickly developing and they are excited to explore, the first years of a child's life are the best times to introduce them to new skills and concepts. The FBCS Early Education department utilizes Bob Jones University (BJU) Press curriculum. Students are given a well-rounded education that introduces a variety of concepts such as colors and shapes, letters, social skills, phonics, and more. 


In addition, children in our Early Education Department also learn proper early writing skills thanks to  Handwriting Without Tears. This curriculum teaches correct placement and direction of letters as well as proper formation. By Kindergarten, many of our students are ready

to write at or above their age appropriate skill level.

Music Enrichment

Both music and rhythmic movement are key in early childhood development, helping  coordination, gross and fine motor skills, memory skills, and more. FBCS is proud to offer a robust music program in all areas of our Early Education Department. From Infants all the way through Pre-K, each classroom has scheduled music time with our talented and engaging music teacher. The kids love to sing, dance, and worship and they look forward to music every week. 


STREAM / Literacy

Today, the STEAM education model (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) is highly prioritized for its wholistic approach to subject matter. Because we know that a biblical worldview is the key to a truly whole and correct education, STEAM becomes STREAM at FBCS with the addition of "Religious Training". At the preschool level, children are exposed to the basics of the STREAM subjects through activities as simple as building with Lego, or watching caterpillars grow into butterflies.
In everything they do, our students are taught that God has given us our abilities to think, build, create, and observe, and that His creation has been specially designed to reflect His glory.


In addition to STREAM education, FBCS places a high priority on early childhood literacy. Teachers also utilize a large collection of STREAM & Literacy kits, which incorporate themed books, activities, and manipulatives to teach about many different topics.