We understand the importance of Christian Education in an excellent educational environment. See our 2018 Award!
Current early childhood research indicates the great influence a child’s environment has on their learning, development and creativity. Selah’s vision for your child’s learning environment is that the classroom feels:
- Encouraging : Kids feel safe and inspired to be the unique child that God has created them to be.
- Nurturing : Our teachers are compassionate and caring toward the students and help to develop sound social/emotional skills.
- Engaging : We provide hands-on centers and educational activities, giving students the necessary tools to learn and grow.
- Inspiring : We model growth mindset and strengthen creative expression and exploration in your child.
Selah’s students learn through exploration of a study, whether it may be the human body, helpers in our community, or the changing seasons. Our studies are school-wide and are determined by the interest/abilities of the students, teachers and upcoming events. Selah staff will lead the students through the following 3 Stages of Learning.
1. Discovery: Introduction to study, skill or objective… All together!
2. Exploration: Student led, hands-on experiences of study… With help!
3. Application: Integrating concept into real life… On their own!
Our 9 Developmental Objectives are
- Cognitive Development
- Literacy Development
- Language & Writing Development
- Mathematic Development
- Creative Development
- Science & Natural Development
- Social & Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Spiritual Development
These objectives are utilized by our teachers to
- Plan developmentally appropriate and diverse activities;
- Assess our student’s progress; and
- Ensure that we are addressing MT Common Core standards in our learning
Using these objectives, we plan regular “checkpoints” of your child’s progress and make sure that they are meeting the benchmarks necessary for success.
Selah is passionate about staying current with the best teaching methodology for young children and has spent extensive time researching curriculum.
- Jesus Storybook Bible: where children love the vivid illustrations and animated videos that bring to life Bible stories from both the Old and New Testament. They’ll learn that every story in the Bible points to Jesus and His great love for them and experience hands-on and relevant Biblical application.
- 2nd Step Social/Emotional Curriculum: a fun and engaging curriculum designed to help our students grow character, learn to listen and pay attention, control their behavior and get along with others. 2nd Step utilized music, puppets, role-play and much more!
- Zoo Phonics Curriculum:
“This is a well-crafted Language Arts program that works for all children.” Zoo-phonics, with its cast of child-pleasing Animal Characters, has made a dramatic impact on the beginning reading program at our school. Three, four, and five-year-old students are sounding letters, blending letters, building words and reading. It is delightful to see and hear the students as they internalize the sound-letter relationship in a natural, fun way.
Benefits of Early Childhood Education
- Increase in Vocabulary Development and Cognitive Abilities Early childhood education helps children increase their vocabulary by familiarizing them with words and their meanings. According to Rand Corporation Research, early education has lasting benefits, showing increases in IQ levels and cognitive abilities (i.e. understanding both concrete and abstract thought).
- Behavioral and Social Improvements Children exposed to early childhood education can be more prepared to interact with adults and other children and understand what is socially appropriate in the home, classroom and public places.
- Economic Benefits for the Community According to Legal Momentum’s Family Initiative and the MIT Workplace Center, early childhood education not only directly benefits the child and immediate family, but the community at large. Children who are educated early are less likely to need special education and more likely to finish high school and go to college. All this adds to the economic vitality of the workforce and the health of the community at large. In fact, studies show that every dollar invested in early education generates $7 in the future.
Children can advance in
1. Lifelong Learning- we seek to create a passion for it.
2. Social Interaction- there will be lots of opportunities to interact with kids of different ages which can help them learn, grow and mature.
3. Activities- children are exposed to art, music and movement.
4. Structure- regular routine can help children flourish.
5. Easier Transitions- exposure to regular routine early on helps make for smoother transitions to Kindergarten.