Preschool in Pottstown, PA 19465
962 E Schuylkill Rd
Pottstown, PA 19465
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PREPARING THE SOILNURSERY & PRESCHOOL
So much of who our children will be later in life is influenced by the experiences they have in early childhood the soil from which the rest of life draws its strength. The nursery and preschool years at CCS which start with children six weeks old and conclude with Pre-Kindergarten are perhaps the most subtly important years any of our students spend with us. At CCS your infant toddler or preschooler will be provided with energetic professional nurturing teachers who will guide your child through an authentically Christian curriculum that provides experiences in developing social skills informed by the Golden Rule Bible stories language arts reading readiness math creation science music movement Spanish sign language and computer applications in a spacious well furnished facility designed to maximize learning experiences for your child. The most important objective integrated with all facets of our early childhood program is that your child graduates to Kindergarten knowing that there is a God who created them and their world who loves them unconditionally and who has provided for and will provide for all of their needs. By the time your child leaves our preschool the soil of his or her heart is rich and the seeds of a fruitful life have been planted.
Coventry Christian Schools participates in the Pennsylvania Keystone Stars and the Success by Six quality initiative programs. Through participation in these initiatives our preschool program strives to meet quality standards pertaining to the early learning program program administration and ongoing staff professional development.
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The Meaning of Life
We believe that mankind is the crowning jewel of a creation spoken into existence by an infinite transcendent immanent omniscient sovereign God of love. Created by God in his image we were created to share in common with him some of his holy attributes but we have all violated his nature and find ourselves in need of redemption which God has made possible by revealing truth to us over time through both general and specific revelationmost specifically through Jesus Christ. As his image-bearers we were created able to know and understand truth. Believing this is so we are to love what God loves and hate what he hates embracing his will which he has made known to us and glorifying him by the way we conduct our lives
The Aim of Education
It naturally follows then that the aim of education should be to facilitate the restoration of our students to the image of God and to lead them to reconciliation with him providing them with the knowledge necessary to equip them to be disciples of Christ in all facets of the human experience. True education then cannot be assessed completely by tests and formal evaluations. Evidence of such an education can only be seen in the life and deeds of the student. Education begins with foundational truths and principles that can easily be tested in the traditional classroom but is eventually measured by the pupils ability to actually act productively by putting his knowledge into practice.
For such an education to be realized parents first and foremost must invest in and take responsibility for the education of their children partnering with the church and school to provide by virtue of example and direct instruction a model of authentic faith in and out of the classroom demonstrating to them the integration of faith and learning ultimately expressed in personal discipleship.
The pupil that the parents teachers and church must strive so deliberately to educate has inherent value because he is created by God in the very image of God himself. Made in his image all students have the ability to know. All students possess by their nature unique personality intelligence the compulsion and the potential to not only hold moral convictions but to live to a high standard of morality as defined by God himself a need for relationship and a gregarious responsibility to one another a unique creative impulse and drive and the capacity to be self-transcendent. Although students possess these inherent qualities they are in constant need of discipline and intervention in their pursuit of fully realizing their potential. Additionally students possess an interactive actional nature acting internally upon information presented or experienced externally but needing an outside force (the educator) to provide engaging instruction and to help facilitate accurate assimilation and accommodation of new information. Students engage in this process to the extent that they are motivated by planned motivational methodology. Each will also process new information when content and its delivery are developmentally appropriate and when both are designed taking into consideration individual differences in preferences and capacities in learning including cognitive and experiential variations and the full range of learning styles and multiple intelligences and finally both social and cultural forces that affect individuals and groups of individuals.
Just as all young people are not designed to learn the same way all adults are not designed to teach. Not many should presume to be teachers. The role of the teacher should be accepted with great sobriety as it is by nature the commitment to honor a sacred trust and because in the teacher is placed both moral and legal authority to educate young minds and to promote and facilitate unity of purpose and spirit in the classroom. The successful teacher will first and foremost be committed to meeting the educational needs of his students. The teacher must be selfless in the carrying out of his duties. He must not seek to be known appreciated or served by his students but rather to know appreciate and serve them fully. The primary function of the role of the teacher is just that: to be the teacher. The teacher should be highly knowledgeable about his subject and should be competent at connecting it with an integrating core of Jesus Christ in a manner consistent with the learning needs of his students in lessons that promote learning. Finally the teacher must embody by example in both private and public arenas the lessons he teaches his students because students will often judge the credibility of the lesson by the personal practices of the teacher
Integrity of the curriculum must complement the integrity of the teacher. Jesus Christ should be the unifying core of a cohesive integrated curriculum. Christ is before all things and in him all things hold together. (Col. 1:17) Without Christ as the core knowledge is not coherent and students become frustrated confused or even worse fragmented in their knowledge and schizophrenic in their living. The best curriculum begins with the Christian worldview to which all new knowledge is correlated and contrasted and with which all new knowledge is eventually integrated. This integration with the core is not limited to content only. If curriculum is to have integrity instructional and assessment strategies emphasizing cognitive processing activities must be consistent with the integrating core; teachers must teach out of the curriculums unifying worldview. Similarly the learning community itself must be in harmony with the core of Jesus Christ so that the content and instructional strategies are complemented by classroom management discipline and organizational structure. Such a curriculum will equip students to think and act with integrity as their worldview is refined and strengthened with new integrated coherent knowledge.