The goal of every curriculum implemented at MSP is to teach children to recognize God as He is revealed in His creation, through His Word and through His son. Here are the different curriculum areas:
The Children's Catechism is derived from The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Standards. It is a systematic question and answer tool set to music, which aids in memorization. Children learn the first 35 Q/A, which cover the doctrines of creation, of God, of man, and of sin. Additionally, the children memorize scripture which defends the catechism questions.
Children's Catechism Q/A Link
The preschoolers are taught the basics in music theory by learning to play the hand bells. They learn about pitch, volume, scale, rhythm, beat, note duration, reading and more. They will also be exposed to classical composers and orchestra instruments.
The basics of painting and drawing are taught weekly: color, shape, form, value, as well as the five elements of drawing. Preschoolers are also exposed to art history and a major artist whose work exemplifies the subject area they are studying.
MSP is a language-rich environment with a carefully selected literature list. Hundreds of books are read throughout the year. The children will begin to learn narration, left to right orientation, sounds of letters, the beginning, middle and end of a story. Daily circle times is an important venue for the teacher to expose and teach language as they progress through learning the alphabet and recognizing letter sounds. Centers activities are designed and implemented to help the students learn their letters, hand-writing, sequencing, left to right orientation and more.
Letter of the Week
What is the "Letter of the Week"?
At Mustard Seed Preschool, we celebrate the letters of the alphabet one by one, setting aside an entire week to explore a wide selection of words that begin with each letter.
As we teach letters, we teach the letter name, key word, and the sound it makes, in that order. You can reinforce this information with your child by helping him or her name these three key elements. Often, your teacher will provide this in her weekly newsletter.
We also like to integrate the letter of the week into many other areas of study: our first Discovery Time lesson, for example, is about God. We play G games, eat G snacks like grapes, goldfish, graham crackers, and gatorade, make things that begin with G, and sing G songs. Maybe the girls get some special attention, or we study animals that begin with G. Maybe we learn how to use glue.
You never know what surprises are in store in our letter of the week studies!
Students learn counting, shapes, sorting, and grouping during centers, primarily, but also through music, art, circle time and discovery time.
God's creation is the theme for our humanities curriculum, which we call discovery time. the aim is to learn not only about the creation, but the Creator Himself. We have 3 different curriculums for the 3 age groups.
They study aspects of creation: Water and what fills it, Land and what fills it, and the Sky and what fills it.
Fours study the chronology of creation, starting with Day one to Day six.
Fives study creation in the context of the larger story: Creation, Fall, Redemption and Consummation. They review God as Creator, and then jump in at day 6, with a study of Adam and Eve pre-fall: body, mind and spirit. They study the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and skeletal systems. they learn about how God made man to reason and think, and how He made man to be in community. From there they study the effects of the fall on mankind, the redemption through Jesus Christ, and the hope of heaven - the consummation.