Faith


Religion

The Christian education portion of our day is consistent with our philosophy. We teach religion actively and concretely with emphasis on basic Biblical truths including the following:

  1. God made the world;
  2. God planned for the natural order in the world;
  3. God loves me;
  4. Jesus loves me;
  5. We can talk to God;
  6. The Bible is a special book; and,
  7. We can be kind to our friends.

Most often Christian education occurs on an informal basis. Simple Bible teachings may be used in spontaneous conversation with children. "I like the way you shared the blocks with your friend." "I'm glad God gave me eyes to see these pretty flowers!" or "When God planned the world. He made mother birds know exactly how to build nests and take care of their babies." Prayers are said before lunch and snack times.

Chapel is held in the church sanctuary in the main building each week on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.. Feel free to share any prayer requests with the Director or any FPC Pastor.

Ethical Considerations

Children bring differing talents and abilities to our school. Class assignments are made according to age on September 1 of the school year; however, age and maturity levels do not always correspond.

Some children are more mature than their classmates in various ways. Some have a talent for thinking of things to play, some have more interest in letters and numbers, and some have social skills that make others want to play and sit by them.

On the other hand, some children are less mature than their classmates in some ways. Some are still struggling with letting parents leave. Some feel a need to be exclusive and leave another child out. Some still react physically rather than talking about areas of disagreement with other children.

We try to notice and comment on more mature aspects of each child's behavior and to help children grow in areas where they are less mature. We make an effort to separate the child from the behavior and avoid labeling a child. A labeled child tends to accept the label as truth and to live up to it. Other children accept the label and react to it rather than to the child's current behavior. Labeling can make it very difficult for a behavior to change or mature.

If you believe that the teacher may not be aware of another child's interactions with your child, please discuss it with her. She will share with you how your child's interests are being protected. Professional ethics dictate that we not discuss someone else's child with you and we ask that you not discuss the less mature behavior of any child with other parents or with your own child.

If you hear comments from your child about a "bad" child, you might use the phrases we use at school. "____ is still learning how to share (or whatever), but s/he's working on it." By avoiding labeling and refusing to discuss how "bad" some other child is, you model for your child the attitude that we all have strong and weak points, but that we are all valuable persons, even with our differences.