A Word from the Director
Exciting news: Next year (school year 2019/20) we will offer a Kindergarten class! It will meet upstairs and run concurrently with the preschool! If you'd like more information, peruse our website first--for the play-based nature of CCP--and then email any questions you might have. Or come see us in action: call 925.2291 to schedule a tour.
“Kindergarten used to be a place for making clay handprints, singing songs, and listening to stories, nothing more. The teacher’s goal was to help the children learn how to be part of a group and to swim around in a pond bigger than their own home and family. But in many schools today the early elementary grades have become a time for mastering high-level academic tasks, and this takes a level of concentration, discipline, and fine motor skill that lots of boys haven’t yet developed…. ‘The differences were apparent on the first day I worked with them. The girls could concentrate twice as long as the boys and wanted to do whatever they could to please me. They told me they loved my bracelets. The boys didn’t last too long on the phonics assessment before they started a lively and graphic discussion of what happens when you throw up on a ship.’”
--The Blessing of a Skinned Knee p. 47
Looking for good "carpool questions" instead of, "How was your day?" Click here for 50!
Click here for our memory work (Psalm 121) (We say "hills" instead of "mountains" in verse 1!!)
A teacher sent me a link to a website called "Play Counts." Here's an excerpt:
Play uses creativity and sparks imaginations.
Play is how children practice what they know.
Play is innate.
Play requires critical thinking and problem solving.
Play provides meaningful and memorable learning.
Play is a way for children to express their true interests.
Play motivates and enhances cognitive and social emotional growth.
You have probably heard me say 100x "CCP is a developmentally-appropriate, play-based preschool." And we ARE! We are praying that CCP would be a safe, loving, peaceful place where adults and kids alike grow in wisdom and in their love for Jesus. We are also a place where kids PLAY, and they PLAY HARD! Playing and learning go hand in hand.