- Parent Connection
My Backyard: Ages 2½–40 months
The first environment a child experiences outside of the home is their own backyard! We welcome our youngest learners into a pond-themed environment, smaller and more intimate for their first time out of the house and at school. This classroom can be found in the Nursery Wing of the Lower Level. Teacher to child ratios are 1:6 with plenty of time to move at a slower pace of learning throughout the day. The Daily Routine includes: greeting time, small group times, large group times, extended outdoor times, eating times, rest time, arts time, and nature time. Faith experiences are incorporated in many active learning times throughout the day. Both the HighScope Infant/Toddler & Preschool curricula will be utilized to lead our littlest learners. Children do not need to be toilet trained for entry into the program.
Farm, Garden and Sea: Ages 41 months–5 years
Welcome to our three mixed-age classrooms, located in some extraordinary environments! Children will begin in My Backyard and transition to one of these three classrooms after a year or begin their learning in these larger settings, depending upon their development. Smaller “family groups” form, based on developmental progress and ability. Trained teachers guide the family groups and form deep relationships with the children during unhurried days. Children will stay with this same teacher, year after year until they transition to kindergarten. Teacher to child ratios are 1:9 in these classrooms. The Daily Routine includes greeting time, small group times, large group times, extended outdoor times, eating times, rest time, arts time, and nature time. Faith experiences are incorporated in many active learning times throughout the day. The HighScope Preschool curriculum is used for these students. Teachers plan daily experiences using the Common Core standards and the Indiana Foundations for Early Childhood. We will meet with local elementary schools to ensure our children learn well and are ready for their next step.
Arts and Language
At Granger Community Church we are known for the arts. The Arts at the Early Learning Center include music, fine arts, drama, Spanish and nature. Art in its various forms is important for children especially during their early development. Research shows that art activities develop brain capacity in early childhood; in other words, art is good brain food! Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and develops cognitive, social-emotional and multi-sensory skills. Singing, playing instruments, painting, drawing, role-playing, imagining, learning new languages and exploring nature expand and enrich opportunities for brain development, mastery, self-esteem, spiritual development, expression and creativity.