In 2013, our center went through a name change from Calvary Daycare to Calvary Early Learning Center. This decision was made to better reflect the educational philosophy that we have for children. We provide a rich learning environment with Curricula that are developmentally appropriate to the specific ages in each classroom. We have a flexible daily routine that allows children to advance at their own pace and strongly believe that learning happens through play. Learning and exploring are hands-on and are facilitated through interest areas. Our program is designed to enhance children’s development in the following areas: creativity, self-expression, decision-making, problem-solving, responsibility, independence, and reasoning. We encourage openness to that which is different from us, and the ability to work and play with others.
At Calvary Early Learning Center we want each child to have a positive and exciting learning adventure. We work diligently to make transitions from home to center as smooth as possible, as well as prepare them for the transition to the next program whether it be Calvary Day School or another school. To help us accomplish this goal our teachers use GELDS as a standard when preparing lesson plans. Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS) is research-based early learning standards for children birth to age five. The GELDS promote quality learning experiences for children and address the question, “What should children from birth to age five know and be able to do?” They are a set of appropriate, attainable standards that are flexible enough to support children’s individual rates of development, approaches to learning, and cultural context. GELDS are divided into age groups and serve as a framework for learning and helping parent and teacher work together to meet the needs of each child.
For over forty years, schools have trusted A Beka Book to provide materials using the traditional approach proven successful throughout education’s history. A Beka curriculum is taught through illustrated textbooks and teaching aids, hands-on activities, challenging exercises, purposeful repetition, and the reinforcement of concepts to make learning interesting and memorable. The three-year-old material teaches children to recognize letter shapes and learn letter sounds. Activities include using finger paint, glue, crayons, and tracing practice. They will learn to sharpen their listening skills, follow directions, and practice eye-hand coordination as they learn number concepts 1-15. Children enjoy tracing pathways, doing dot to dot, and coloring large, simple objects on the skill sheets. They also develop motor skills while they paint, glue, and color projects with seasonal, Bible, and fun themes. A Beka is used in Calvary Day School’s lower school and has our three-year-olds fully prepared for the next stage of their education whether Calvary Day School or another parochial school.
Pinnacle is a research-based early childhood curriculum, designed with both teachers and students in mind. Based on the works of Piaget, Gardner, and Erikson, Pinnacle provides lessons that engage children in developmentally appropriate activities. It offers flexible programming to accommodate varied learning styles and carefully selected themes that capture children’s interest. We use Pinnacle to help encourage children to reach developmental milestones and love that they offer interactive activities that help children develop a love for learning while they are growing, playing, and having fun.
Pinnacle is on the Georgia Approved Curriculum list for Georgia Pre-K.