We offer 5 different programs, starting with Prek1-Kindergarten. Our school offers small class sizes which allows the teachers maximum instructional opportunities. Our curriculum is vertically aligned, meaning each class is exposing the students to skills they need to know and prepping them for the next school year. Each class, through whole group and academic centers, explores scriptures, Bible stories, memory verses, songs and Bible truths. Each program at varying levels works on social skills, and learns Social Studies skills such as the ability to state their town, state, the weather, 5 senses , the pledges, days of the week, and months of the year. In Science they learn their body parts, basic colors, color mixing, life cycles, transportation, safety and animals, as well as a study of live caterpillars to butterflies. In Literacy they are exposed to multiple genres of stories, poems, songs, name recognition, letter recognition, sound and writing the alphabet both upper case and lower case. Fine and Gross motor skills, personal information, self-care and manners are also taught in each class. Safety, cleanliness and love are our top priorities.
Aside from the previous objectives, I would like to describe unique features of each class.
Below is a description of what you can expect as your student moves to the next class, and why it is beneficial for your student to stay with us until Kindergarten.
Our Pre-K 1 class explores curriculum topics such as sign language and body part identification. They practice skills in the second semester to prepare them for Pre-K 2. They have seating and centers with rotations to practice the atmosphere in the upcoming Pre-K 2 class. For the students who are under 1, we work on muscle development, singing and talking to them continually throughout the day. This class can have their breast milk and formula stored as well as being able to heat their food for lunches. They have fun exploring colors and shapes in various arts and crafts projects. Being talked to and loved daily, this class is highly successful in comforting parents leaving their little ones.
Our Prek 2 class learns to sing the alphabet, orally spell their name, as well as identifying the first letter in their first name. Potty training is also an objective presented in a non-pressure manner with positive rewards to encourage students. They learn number recognition 0-10, orally counting to 20. They begin to develop their pencil grip and strengthen their fine motor skills to write diagonals, straight lines, and circular lines. They rotate in academic centers, learning to follow the procedures of a classroom. They have fun rotating in dramatic play, blocks, and various arts and crafts centers.
Our Pre-K 3 class explores number recognition 0-15, oral counting to 50 and by 10's to 100. Patterning, positional words, sorting and sequencing are a few of our math objectives. They learn to write all capital letters A-Z as well as numbers 0-15. This is very closely aligned with public school’s Kindergarten objectives. We do not push a student who is not ready, however we expose students to a higher-level curriculum with great success. They learn through play every day using their imaginations to make discoveries.
Our Pre=K 4 class learns Pre-Primer Dolch sight words, word families, and begins the process of reading first level sight word books when ready. They work on number recognition, oral counting and writing numbers 0-40. They learn addition sentences, money, and analog clock skills. Mastering letter recognition, writing, and sounds of the alphabet are our main objectives. We have several benefits of staying at MSCS versus public schools. Year after year we have Pre-K 4 students leaving our class as readers with strong math skills above public school standards. Our class size maxes out at 15, allowing an intimate growth environment. The skills are not only higher level, but the majority of the students have been in our program for years, so class control and discipline issues are at a minimum, allowing our teachers to focus on instruction and fun! This class is crucial to their early reading development and gives them skills they cannot get elsewhere. They also take field trips to explore the world around them in order to connect the classroom to their environment.
Kindergarten will continue the work on reading and math skills, as well as developing their writing skills, practicing grammar and sentence structure. We exceed all Oklahoma state standards, modeling our curriculum off of the number one state for education: Michigan. This class size also maxes out at 15 students. We created this class three years ago because Pre-K is not mandated in the state of Oklahoma. Our students were leaving at such a high academic and social level from Pre-K 4 going into public Kindergarten, with students who have never attended school before. Not only are the class sizes larger in public schools, but starting out as “a for apple”, was way below our student’s knowledge. Research shows that any class time not spent progressing, will actually make a student regress. We created Kindergarten to allow our students to sharpen their reading and math skills at this higher level. We then send them off to first grade, where all students have attended school before. There are also testing programs available in public schools (or private) in 1st grade to allow the teachers to assess your student’s level. Meaning if they are at a higher level, they can catch that early in the semester and continue to grow your student’s knowledge. They also take multiple field trips ending in a zoo unit with research and speeches given. Kindergarten holds class until 3:00.