Whole Child Development

St. John Child Development Center Proclaims and Practices the Love of Christ through its service to families with children ages 18 months through the sixth grade. We believe that all children are competent and capable learners. Each of us, as children of God, have been uniquely gifted. Each child will grow, develop and achieve at different rates. While spiritual development is at the heart of the curriculum both indoors and outside, the child’s social, emotional, aesthetic, physical and intellectual development cannot be separated. The curriculum is a contemporary and eclectic collection of early childhood approaches which, when practiced, honors Christ-centered teaching. When children are exposed to purposefully planned environments, (both at home and at school), which support and respond to their needs, they become better equipped for the demands of formal education regardless of differing learning abilities.

Nurturing Spiritual Development by:

  • Providing daily classroom worship using the curriculum
  • Applying bible stories to our own lives.
  • Praying for ourselves and one another.
  • Discovering our God-given talents.

Nurturing Aesthetic Development by:

  • Providing regular experiences in music, (listening, singing, and rhythm).
  • Providing regular experiences in art through a variety of media. Also having available a “Free Art” center for self-directed activities.
  • Providing an area for creative dramatics to encourage role-playing. This area rotates its theme from housekeeping to a post office, doctor’s office or grocery store so that children are given opportunities to relate to roles in their community.
  • Providing creative self expressions also movement.
  • Surrounding children with their own artwork.

Nurturing Emotional Development by:

  • Providing successful experiences for all children by offering many choices.
  • Setting clear limits.
  • Welcoming children individually as they arrive.
  • Giving praise and positive reinforcement.
  • Redirecting inappropriate behaviors.
  • Promoting strengths and encourage guided attempts in new activities.

Nurturing Intellectual Development by:

  • Providing hands on experiences for learning through various discovery centers, (science, math and language).
  • Reading to the children daily.
  • Engaging in frequent open-ended conversations with children.

Nurturing Physical Development by:

  • Providing sensory experiences to increase small motor skills.
  • Offering manipulative such as scissors, crayons, playdough, stringing beads… for small motor development.
  • Providing experiences for children to discover their own relationship with regard to space.
  • Providing a regular outdoor recess time to encourage use of large motor skills.
  • Providing learning experiences regarding health, nutrition and hygiene.

Nurturing Social Development by:

  • Striving to reflect the culture of the child’s community.
  • Planning field trips.
  • Providing small and large group experiences.
  • Encouraging children to develop problem solving skills.
  • Providing playtime in mixed age groups.
  • Setting clear classroom rules.