St. John's Preschool is a ministry of St. John's Episcopal Church for families in the Wake Forest area. It is a place where children are loved and nurtured in a safe, secure environment. Children learn to cooperate, respect others, respect differences, grow spiritually, and develop confidence in their abilities. We strive to provide opportunities for children to explore, to be creative, and to be good stewards of all that God has given us. We welcome children of all races and faiths and recognize and respect differences in religious preferences.
We believe that effective early childhood education is determined by an understanding of children's ages and developmental needs, their culture, their abilities and their natural curiosity about themselves and their environment. By being responsive to the changing needs of the children and their interests, our staff offers a child-centered program which includes teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. We use many "hands-on" learning experiences which stimulate all areas of development, cognitive, language, fine motor, gross motor, social-emotional, and spiritual growth.
The curriculum at St. John's is thematically-based and integrates music, art, drama, and storytelling. For the younger children we incorporate learning experiences during routine care as well as provide a stimulating environment with age-appropriate toys and activities. For older preschoolers we organize activities around appropriate themes, units, or projects. Our goal ultimately is to prepare them for Kindergarten.
Children do display and will occasionally be exposed to aggressive behavior. Our staff uses various behavior management techniques to limit and correct such behavior and to help children learn acceptable behavior and self-control. Appropriate to their age, we may redirect the child to another activity, encourage problem solving to work out conflicts between themselves, and if necessary, use the 'time-out' technique.