Included in Messiah's Curriculum (in the days before covid)
Art at Messiah
Each day, the children have the opportunity to create art at the classroom's open art table, in addition to doing the day's art project. Additionally, the Pre K-2 classrooms study the biography and the artwork of specific artists each month and have the opportunity to create in the style of the artist. The children have taken outdoor photographs like Ansel Adams, thrown paint at a large canvas ala Jackson Pollack and painted while lying on their backs like Michelangelo.
Music with Miss Nena
On Mondays and Tuesdays (alternating weeks), Miss Nena engages our all of our children in a lively music class with a Christian emphasis. Children also participate in musical/movement activities in their individual classrooms on a daily basis. Miss Nena received her Music Pedagogy degree in Serbia and currently teaches private piano lessons, as well as being at Messiah.
Weekly chapel service
On Wednesday mornings, Messiah's Pastor David or Miss Karen, leads chapel service for the children. Our chapel services include music, prayer and stories. The children are invited to bring a canned or boxed food item as a donation to the Maine Township Food Pantry.
Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center's director, Miss Karen visits the children in their classrooms each week. The classroom visits include Bible stories, singing and prayer. Throughout Messiah's curriculum, the children learn about God's love for them. We share prayers at our class openings, at snack and at lunch
Spanish Class with Senora Cristina-Miss Cristina began teaching at Messiah in 2002. After taking 6 years off to be with her young children, Cristina has returned to Messiah as a long term sub in Pre K-1 Younger 3's during the spring of 2017 and in Pre K-1 down from January-May in 2018. The Messiah CCC staff and Messiah families are thrilled to have Miss Cristina rejoin us, as the Monday morning Parent-Tot teacher, Spanish teacher and classroom substitute.
In all classes, the children enjoy their daily story/literature time. Teachers read books related to the weekly curriculum themes. A rich selection of books and pre-reading activities are always available to stimulate children's interest in literature. Additionally, the 4 year old classes study an author of children's books each month. The children learn the biography of the author and are read books, throughout the month, written by that author.