At Heritage Preschools, we strive to cultivate the remarkable potential in every child that is entrusted to our care. This is accomplished as we come alongside parents to guide children through developmental milestones focusing on four specific areas of growth: spiritual, physical, social and academic. Our classrooms are designed with the specific developmental needs of each age group in mind. The personal developmental needs of each child are also considered as we match him or her to the classroom that will best meet those needs.
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At Heritage Preschools, we believe that the path to excellent infant care requires a balanced focus on both development and age. Each room has been thoughtfully designed to ensure that individual infants both grow and thrive in an environment that feels like home.
In order to provide a smooth transition from home to Heritage, our Infant 1 classroom allows napping and feeding schedules to be on demand. At 3 months of age, infants are slowly transitioned to a more scheduled day, including two set nap times as well as gradually introducing them to tummy time. This classroom has a social space where babies can see their friends and are engaged by the teachers through songs and play.
At this stage, babies begin to be mobile and to show curiosity about their surroundings. The design of the Infant 2 classroom keeps this in mind and also encourages lots of social interaction with friends and teachers throughout the day. Basic sign language is introduced to help encourage babies to communicate effectively as early as possible with their teachers and parents.
Many babies will take first steps in this class and the room is designed so that baby has a safe space to expand these new skills. Infants in this room are transitioned to a more structured schedule for feeding, napping and play. Class time is introduced to further develop sign language, social skills and begin exploring the alphabet and numbers through fun learning songs.
During this curious and exploratory stage for children, Heritage Preschools strives to provide classroom environments that encourage the pursuit of developmental milestones while enhancing a child’s natural propensity to explore and learn about their world.
In this classroom, most little ones are walking and beginning to desire independence. Teachers will help children as they exercise both bodies and minds. Students are introduced to the Abeka curriculum for the first time. Daily class time includes instruction in letters, numbers, and verbal language development through the use of learning songs and fun visual aids.
The Explorer class teachers are trained to provide structured class times using the Abeka curriculum. Each day the children will practice recognition of letters and numbers, as well as phonetic sounds. Language development is heavily encouraged and potty training is introduced.
Simple, Biblical concepts such as “love your neighbor as yourself,” good classroom habits and manners are introduced. Class time centers on the Abeka curriculum which teaches recognition of letters and numbers, phonetic sounds, and developing fine motor skills by introducing how to write each letter. Potty training becomes a focus and children are transitioned to pull on, training pants.
Beginners 1 and 2
Through affirmation and positive reinforcement, teachers encourage students to live by simple Biblical commands such as “love your neighbor as yourself,” good classroom habits and good manners. Continued instruction is given in recognition of letters and numbers, counting, phonetic sounds and an introduction to sounding out blends. Potty training remains a central part of the day in the Beginner rooms and teachers strive to have each child potty trained before leaving these classes.
In the following classrooms, mornings include a Bible lesson taught by the Director. Daily Bible class is a time both students and teachers look forward to and includes a Bible story, catechism, Bible memory verses, Bible songs, prayer and character trait lessons.
Class time uses the Abeka curriculum. Teachers build on the foundational recognition of letters to help students learn phonetic sounds and blends. The teacher will begin reading circle with students. Children continue to build skills in writing numbers and letters as well as counting.
Class time uses the Abeka curriculum to build on the student’s advanced knowledge of phonetic sounds as well as sounding out one vowel words during small group reading circles. Children continue to master the skill of writing the alphabet and learn to write their names.
In this classroom students begin to learn basic math concepts, counting to one hundred and writing all the numbers. Reading circle uses the Abeka Little Books which help the students master reading one and two vowel words within the context of simple sentences. The students get to take each Little Book home upon completion.
The Heritage Kindergarten program is designed for children who meet the age requirement of turning 5 years old by September 1st. Teachers strive to instill academic excellence in the students as they utilize the Abeka Advanced K5 curriculum and Saxon Math. SAT scores indicate that many Heritage Kindergarten students read on the 2nd Grade level and test scores place them in the 90th percentile.