First Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach

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Developmental Approach

"Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write, and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child."

 

We offer a Developmental Readiness Program designed to ensure that each child develops his/her cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual potential based on his/her ability to understand and internalize the concepts needed for growth in these five areas.

Cognitive

Our three curriculum's are combinations of the Creative Hands-On Curriculum recommended by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Work Jobs, which uses Whole Language, Fastie Alphabet, Letter People, and Biblical teachings to foster learning. Our children learn through repetitive, creative exposure to and performance of tasks/concepts to be learned; because the retention of information learned increases with the number of senses used to learn it.

Physical

We encourage acquisition of both gross and fine motor skills through large and small muscle activities during music and exercise in the classroom and on the playground.

Spiritual, Emotional, Social

Daily Bible activities and weekly Chapel classes (held on Wednesdays) encourage children to develop responsible Christian behaviors. In classes, our teachers, by developing supportive relationships with the children, by sharing Bible stories, and by example, encourage their students to:

  • See themselves as secure Children of God, created just the way God designed them
  • Respond to God's love by being concerned for and compassionate with others, especially those in need
  • Develop a respect for and a desire to protect all God's creations.