“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
The best type of learning occurs when children are inspired rather than compelled. A godly teacher encourages her students to become all that God has created them to be. Assessment is an integral part of the type of training which consistently and lovingly guides and redirects the student in the Christian Kindergarten classroom.
We are called to train a child “in the way he should go”, that is, along the path directed by God’s infallible Word. Each child has been created in the image of God and each one is unique, having been “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139). Kindergarten teachers are entrusted with young students who are neither lumps of moldable clay nor rigid little robots. Assessment in the Kindergarten classroom takes into account that God gives to each child distinct interest, characteristics and abilities. The Christian teacher uses assessment as part of “training up” in order to enable each child to grow to the utmost of their God-given potential. It involves providing purpose and direction so that every child in Kindergarten may begin to develop and discover their place in their Father’s world.
At Belleville Christian School, there are three reporting periods. End of term reports are sent home in November, March and June.
M = The student is meeting expectations at or above grade level, masters concepts taught, understands and applies concepts taught
P = The student is progressing toward expectations, is approaching grade level, but additional time and practice is required
In Kindergarten, every student is challenged to learn and progress to the best of their ability. These descriptors are used to acknowledge that children at this emergent level of education enter school with a wide range of backgrounds and previous experiences. Our goal is to accept all children as they are when they enter our school and move them forward in their learning journey.
Learning centres are specific areas in a Kindergarten classroom that facilitate students active learning in a variety of curricular areas. Carefully planned centres enable each Kindergarten student to work at his or her individual developmental level.
The Kindergarten students at BCS have a half hour centre time twice a day. They are free to choose the centre they work and play at, but are encouraged to experience new centres and play partners.
Our large classroom allows us the opportunity to offer a wide variety of centres, such as:
|ABC Centre||Discovery Centre||Math Centre|
|Storytelling Centre||Arts and Crafts||Drama Centre|
|Puzzle Centre||Toy Centre||Bible Story Centre|
|House Centre||Reading Centre||Word Centre|
|Construction||Listening Area||Water Table|
|Writing Centre||Art Easel||Rice Table|
|Duplo/Lego Centre||Fine Motor Centre|