Curriculum

Northwest Chapel Children’s Center is an academically oriented Christian early education program. We place significant focus on spiritual development of each child as well as preparing them for Kindergarten and first grade. We follow a program that balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning with an emphasis on responding to children’s individual learning styles and diversity, and building on their strengths and interests.

Both Creative Curriculum and Get Set for School, which is foundational to the Kindergarten Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, are implemented in preschool.  Both are research based and are aligned with Ohio’s Early Learning Development Standards. We use an environmentally-based approach that defines the vital role of the teacher in connecting content, teaching, and learning for children and that offers a practical, easy-to-understand approach to working with children and their families. Ours is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear organizational structure and a particular focus on Kindergarten readiness.

The daily schedule is predictable and includes group time, individual studies and inquiry, free-choice, large muscle movement, math games, literacy activities and more. Developmentally tailored activities include, but are not limited to, storytelling, puppetry and creative play, singing and movement, art, cooking, science, nature, and seasonal celebrations. Our classroom environments and common areas are clean, safe, and attractive as well as stimulating and Christ-centered. Learning flourishes as children explore and investigate their world creatively. Progress reports are shared routinely.

Our Kindergarten curriculum follows Ohio State Learning Content Standards, The Hilliard City School District Kindergarten Curriculum, Handwriting Without TearsI Can Read by ACSI, Guided Reading by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Sue Pinnel, Kindergarten Mathematics by Purposeful Design, and Writing Road to Reading by Spaulding Education.

Our teachers and teacher assistants are highly trained in early education and are Christians committed to spiritual development of young children. All teachers actively continue further education outside the preschool classroom. Parents are invited to volunteer in the classroom at any level they desire.