Preschool

The Carden method is a highly individualized, teacher directed curriculum that focuses on the development of the whole child. It provides an excellent education with an emphasis on building character and teaching moral values. We have high expectations for each child yet respect each child's individual development. The Carden method believes that if the child is not learning, the teacher is not teaching. The curriculum includes Language Arts, Arithmetic, Science, Foreign Language, Fine Arts, and Social Studies and emphasizes interrelationship of the content of subjects presented. It is thematically oriented and has projects that encompass each special theme. Planning acknowledges that learning is playful, interactive, interdisciplinary, and connected. It also recognizes and provides for a balance between individual and group needs, between active and quiet times, and between teacher-directed and child-selected activities. Teachers influence what children learn by preparing the learning environment and providing an array of materials and equipment students may use to explore, investigate, solve problems, and find answers to their questions.
Our curriculum also includes a daily Bible reading and the application of Bible virtues and Bible memory verses.

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Tentative Year at a Glance

September

SCHOOL BELLS RING

Welcome back to school/getting acquainted with friends, schedule and rules.

ME AND MY FRIENDS

Children experience the joy of discovering more about those around them while encouraging sharing and being helpful and kind.

LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION

Children will explore as though they were discovering new country. They will learn the history of the great Louis and Clark, follow maps, travel through forests, over streams, and accomplish things they never knew existed.

APPLES

Its time to pick the apples. Where do they come from? What are they used for?

Red & Tan

Triangle

October

TERRIFIC TREES

Large and small, leaves or needles. From seed to tree to lumber to…

JUNGLES & RAINFORESTS

They are big and full of life, what an adventure to explore them! There are animals of every size, maybe we can even be the first to discover a species.

PUMPKINS, HARVEST & MORE

What’s inside a pumpkin? What is harvest? How do you harvest fruits and vegetables?

Orange & Black

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November

OCEANS/DOWN BY THE SEASHORE

What lives under the sea?

ZOO CREW

This unit is as good as a trip to the zoo. It’s a study of zoo animals and their homes and habitats.

HIBERNATION, FUR, TRAPPERS

Who hibernates? Where do they go? Why? Why do animals have fur? What is a trapper?

THANKSGIVING

Why do we celebrate thanksgiving and what does it mean?

Brown & Copper

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December.

FUN WITH OPPOSITES

From shapes to colors to tastes to feels.

FUN WITH MOTHER GOOSE

Children love reciting rhyme and will delight in the specially designed activities and charming presentations of those familiar Mother Goose characters.

TIS THE SEASON

What fun it is during the holidays, traditions, and the true meaning.

Green & Peach

Star

January

DINOSAURS

Everything about dinosaurs! Carnivores, herbivores & omnivores.

COMMUNITY WORKERS/TRANSPORTATION

Where do you work? How can we get from here to there? What makes a community?

BUILDING A BAKERY

What does it really take to be a baker? There's so much measuring, mixing, and different sizes and shapes. Best of all--taste testing!!!

5 SENSES, HEALTH, GERMS, MANNERS

We'll be learning about our amazing bodies. Lets keep them healthy! We will also be demonstrating our good manners.

White & Turquoise

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February

STARS AND SPACE

Look up, what do you see?

ST VALENTINE / HEARTS / CUPID / LOVE

WOW!! A week of pink and red; the whole bit about Valentines Day.

DENTAL HEALTH

How do we keep our teeth healthy? Why do we need strong teeth?

PRESIDENTS/AMERICA/WORLD/CULTURE

American history, way before we were born, lifestyle differences then and now.

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March

FUN WITH DR SEUSS

Lots of stories and rhymes to be read and games to be played. Birthday fun and lots, lots more.

OUR CHANGING WEATHER

Weather changes--sun, rain, snow, thunder, and clouds. There’s so much to learn about our great weather!

A RAINBOW OF COLOR

We will cover color recognition and emphasize appreciation and understanding. A creative approach to color fun.

FAMILY PETS

Children love animals and family pets often play a big part in their lives. This unit explores a variety of pets, their special characteristics and what it takes to be a responsible pet owner.

Purple & Gold

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April

A BIRDS EYE VIEW

Though not all birds fly, their feathers, wings and beaks serve a large purpose in their daily lives. We will discover many different types of birds and each individual habitat this week.

POND LIFE

There is so much to explore and discover in the pond. Studying plants, bugs, animals and water is so much fun--the children hardly know that they're learning!

AMAZING INSECTS

Where they live, what they do, their different colors, shapes and sizes.

SPRING TIME FUN

As the snow melts we discover all the wonderful surprises of Spring. Seeds, plants and lots of mud.

Yellow & Lavender

Octagon

May

FARM ANIMALS

Life cycles from baby to adulthood, classification of animals & experience farm living.

CAMPING

How to make first aid kits, fire safety, survival skills and gearing up for summer!

SCRUBBING BUBBLES

Who knew cleaning could be so much fun?! With lots of bubbles the preschoolers will giggle in delight as they wash, pop and scrub with bubbles.

GRADUATION

Prepare for graduation. What happens after you graduate?

Blue & Silver

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