JAM's Program Philosophy
At J.A.M. we partner with parents to develop the whole child. You will see this in each classroom in the following ways:
You will find certified teachers and qualified staff at J.A.M. using every available means to provide your child the best opportunities for a quality Christian preschool education.
Our childcare staff strives to provide an environment of mutual respect and support conducive to learning while assisting each child in developing to his fullest potential.
Our staff endeavors to provide safe and healthful care of our children and to strengthen family life by providing care that promotes the development of the whole child.
Our educational environment is enhanced when the Word of God is used as a basis on which to develop and give meaning to the educational process.
We present knowledge and skills at the child’s developmental level and aid in drawing out natural abilities, refining skills and assisting in exploring ideas.
Children’s natural curiosity and desire to make sense of the world will be acknowledged to initiate activities.
We utilize the PA state learning standards and The Highscope Curriculum as a framework for our instructional activities. The Highscope Curriculum is based on developmentally appropriate practice which simply means teaching in ways that match the way children develop and learn.
At the Preschool level the learning goals and objectives are divided into the following areas:
Social/ Emotional Development
- Sense of self
- Responsibility for self and others
- Pro-social behavior
- Gross motor
- Fine motor
- Learning and problem solving
- Logical thinking
- Representation and symbolic thinking
- Listening and speaking
- Reading and writing
- These goals and objectives are achieved through dramatic play, blocks play, toys and games, art, library, discovery, sand and water, music and movement, outdoors and cooking.
At the infant and toddler levels the goals and objectives are divided into the following areas:
- To learn about self and others
- To learn about moving
- To learn about the world
- To learn about communication
These goals and objectives are achieved through a child’s routines and experiences.
As a Christian Daycare we also include the spiritual development of the child. Children are encouraged to participate in prayer before lunch and snack. Children learn basic Biblical truths using stories from the Old and New Testament.