At First Baptist School, children always come first - before planned curriculum and before adult convienence. We belieive that children learn in an environment, which motivates learning. This happens when children are allowed control over their own activities. Play with a purpose is a primary vehicle for our curriculum. It is the child's most valuable tool, and is the means to self awareness, interactions, problem solving, acquired mastery and learning.
"And as Jesus grew up, he increased in wisdom and favor with God and people." Luke 2:52
Our philosophy is focused equally on the cognitive (intellectual) and affective (social/emotional) domains. It is our goal to create an age-appropriate environment that allows children the oppurtunity to achieve their optimal development.
"..whatever you do, do it for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31
There is a strong orientation towards social-emotional development, focusing on the child's attitudes, values, and ways of interacting with others. The child will develop autonomus ways of interacting with their peers. We believe that this happens best by entring into relationships that are characterized by personal respect and caring responsiveness.
" I praise you becasue I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
We believe that growth and intellectual development occurs in an orderly sequence. We know that children must move through this sequence at their own pace. We, always, encourage learning but do not push. We believe the greatest learning takes place during teachable moments that are most relevant to the child. We consider the acquistions of academics important because they lead to competency.
"The body is a unit, it is made up of many parts, and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ." 1 Corinthians 12:12