Core Value and Philosophy
Central Christian Academy is designed to minister to children through quality early childhood education while nurturing Christian values and equipping children with skills in the five main areas of their development socially, emotionally, physically, academically, and spiritually. Central Christian Academy will encourage and empower families through faith, academics, child centered learning and hands on play activities.
Central Christian Academy will promote physical development skills by:
- Integrating developmentally appropriate fine and gross motor skills
- Protecting their health and safety
- Planning rest and relaxation
- Maintaining excellent adult and child ratio
Central Christian Academy will promote social development skills by:
- Group participation and creative play activities
- Interacting with adults and peers
- Encourage self control, self expression, and self concept skills
- Encourage safe and appropriate use of materials
- Displaying love and affection
- Encourage independence
Central Christian Academy will promote spiritual development by:
- Integrating fruits of the spirit
- Building a foundation of Biblical stories and scriptures through activities and lessons
- Teaching children a spirit of thankfulness through prayer
Central Christian Academy will promote academic development by:
- Integrating age appropriate concepts and skills through developmentally appropriate practices
- Encouraging and supporting children in problem-solving
- Supporting new and emerging skills
Central Christian Academy will promote emotional development by:
- encouraging exploration at an early age
- encouraging secure attachment to teachers and peers
- fostering prosocial behavior and altruistic values
- teaching emotional self regulation and identification
Our philosophy of early education is that children learn best through play. We provide them with a lot of opportunities each day for self exploration and choice within the activities they participate in, which helps them develop autonomy and self help skills. The teacher does large and small group activities throughout the day, while focusing on each individual child's growth and development. We challenge children at all ages - from infants to preschool and kindergarten - with developmentally appropriate programs based on skill level and the skills of typically developing children in each age group.
We believe there is a critical link between a child’s early experiences and later success in life. Our program is based on the belief that children need time to be children and experience their childhoods. Teaching is the art of providing young children with an environment that encourages active exploration and discovery. Projects are planned, yet responsive to individual needs, and environmental happenings. Opportunities are provided for the children to take responsibility, make decisions, and learn through play. Children’s positive feelings of self-worth must be the foundation of all curriculum development in early childhood. Each child’s learning is filtered through his or her unique screen of self-concept. Each child brings his or her own world to us each day.
Activities are selected to maximize the classroom space as well as varying and rotating choices daily to enhance creativity and curiosity. The teaching staff is sensitively aware of how young children learn. Children process knowledge by using their whole self to gather information. Because children absorb what their bodies are experiencing, the more involved the experience, the greater the potential for learning. The cultural experiences and the ethnic values of the individual child must be incorporated into the teaching tools for each child. Good materials should capture interest and curiosity and should challenge the learner. Children need their goals broken down into smaller components appropriate to their developmental level. The process involved in finger painting, building a “block tower”, making a “mud pie”, or drawing letters in the sand is what really is important. In our classrooms, we value the importance of play in the learning process. Play is powerful. Play is child-centered. Play is active learning for young children.