Our Philosophy, Mission, Etc.


Philosophy

Children love to play. We believe God created them this way.  We feel play, both directed and undirected, is a critical component of learning. Play helps children learn new concepts and problem-solving skills in a natural, fun way.

Through preschool play, cognitive development is nurtured and enhanced. Play also plays a large part in enhancing children’s school readiness. We believe it is up to our teachers to offer the ideas, equipment, environment and guidance which allow children to learn and explore.

Additionally, we feel children progress at an individual pace and it is our staff’s responsibility to design activities to foster individual development.

Research and Articles to Support Our Philosophy (click below):

Much Too Early, by David Elkind

Can We Play? by David Elkind

Want Your Child to Get Into College, Then Let Them Play- CNN

Academic Preschools:Too Much Too Soon? 

Science in Support of Play: The Case for Play-Based Preschool Programs

The Worksheet Dilemma: Benefits of Play-Based Curricula

 Toys for Pretend Play

Mission

Our mission at Chaparral Christian Preschool and Kindergarten is to provide a quality preschool program with developmentally appropriate learning experiences in the context of a nurturing, Bible-centered Christian environment.

We believe that:
• each child is a unique creation of God.
• children learn best about the world through direct exploration and hands-on discovery.
• families are a child’s first and most influential teacher

Everything we do is intended to:
• honor God
• nurture children
• support families

 

Vision

That children would KNOW God in a personal way, that they would GROW strong developmentally in all areas (spiritual, physical, social and cognitive), and they would be able to SHOW this knowledge and growth in their daily lives.

 

Values

We will use B.E.S.T. practices in all of our activities – Believing in one another, Encouraging one another, Sharing with one another, and Trusting one another.  This applies to every relationship we encounter – Teacher to Teacher, Teacher to Child, Teacher to Parent and Child to Child.

 

Statement of Faith

-We believe that God loves children uniquely and completely, and that He has specifically chosen each one to be His (1 John 4:7-8).  This provides a spiritual foundation for children.
-We believe that each child is created with individual value and can share that value with others as they recognize and appreciate the value of the children and the adults around them (Leviticus 19:18). This provides a learning environment for social and emotional growth.
-We believe that when children are instilled with the knowledge of love and value, they have the opportunity to grow responsibly and learn they are capable of doing great things (Philippians    4:13).  This provides a setting for academic preparation.
– We believe that children can understand truth through the Word of God in the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16).  This knowledge of truth can help to guide the thoughts and  actions of young children as they grow and develop socially.
-We believe that all children have the opportunity to know God through His Son, Jesus Christ, and establish a personal relationship with Him (Romans 10:9).  Through this relationship, children have the assurance of eternal salvation and complete forgiveness of sin.