Our Curriculum

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Objectives of our Program:

All basic concepts such as sounds, letters, following directions, etc. are presented in a variety of ways. Science, math, and social studies are presented through various activities. Children build friendships, build self-esteem, and discover the joy of learning at the Church Mouse.

Church Mouse Nursery School | Ballston Spa NY | Preschool

As a Christian school, it is our desire that each child leave our program with a positive feeling about his or her own self and about learning. We try to instill a love for, and  a basic understanding of God, the creator. We hope that our program will create a desire to learn more about this exciting world God has given us. Christian values; love, kindness, respect, etc. are emphasized. Bible stories and the concept of a loving God who created the world in which we live, are woven throughout the program.

A typical day at the Church Mouse:

Arrival (9:00-9:20) All children are greeted at the door. The   Pre-K classes starts their “table work” while the 3 and 4 year olds have time for free play.  Students will also be assigned their “job” for the day.

Circle Time (9:20-9:40)  Themes change, but always includes the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer, discussion about the calendar, weather and the day’s project or theme.  Books and songs are always included in circle time.  Children are also taught to speak in front of the group as they do their “job”.

Church Mouse Preschool | Ballston Spa NYLearning Centers (9:40-10:40) During this time, students sometimes choose their own activities, or teachers may set up a rotation.  This time allows the children to experience a variety of different activities and engage with their peers.  Craft time enables students to work on specific skills either one on one or in small groups.

Clean up/Snack (10:40-11:10) The children work together to clean up, then sit down for prayer and snack together.

Carpet Time (11:10-11:30) The children gather to discuss the day and for singing, exercise, movement, group games, story or other activities.  They talk about what will happen the next time they have class.

Certain weeks this schedule varies to accommodate special events, field trips, or activities.

Chapel Time is held twice a month in the sanctuary with Mrs. Dunkelbarger and Mary Morelock.  During Chapel Time, the students learn about God with stories and songs.
School year Highlights:

  • Christmas Pageant
  • Mother’s Day Tea
  • Dessert with Dad
  • Field Trips including: Ellms Farm, Brookside Museum, Union Firehouse, Scotia Traveling Museum
  • State Farm Bike Rodeo

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