Bible instruction is story based, using puppets, coloring pages, fingerplays, felt board displays, and interactive story telling to give students a basis to biblical stories and characters. Students memorize scripture on a weekly basis. Daily pray time and singing is included as part of the day. Biblical integration happens all day long as teachers love and nurture students in a caring environment to grow to be more like Jesus so they can grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men.
Aurora Christian Preschool uses a phonics based reading curriculum that builds a strong foundation for basic reading skills. Reading skills and reading groups are also part of the instruction at the 4 year olds level. Students are instructed in writing skills that include proper pencil grip, letter formation and spacing. Mathematics instruction includes teaching math concepts, number recognition, forming the numbers correctly, counting skills, and when age appropriate, simple addition skills.
- Music Education - Preschool students have music class twice each week, teaching the students songs for fun, rhythm instruments, and concert preparation. There are two preschool concerts during the course of the school year.
- Physical Education - Preschool students have Phys. Ed. once each week with instruction in gross motor skill activities. Students are challenged to run, jump, hop, skip, catch, toss, and have lots of activity in Phys. Ed.
- Library - Preschool students have library time once each week. The love for books and reading is instrumental in the development of young children, and library time is a time to be exposed to the school library and to be read to during the school day.
- Spanish - Preschool students have Spanish vocabulary lessons once each week. Students are exposed to vocabulary to build a foundation for future foreign language learning.
- Art - Preschool teachers have multiple art activity incorporated into the curriculum during the course of the school year. The students are learning the necessary fine motor skills of cutting, glue, coloring, and creating various works of art.
- Field Trip - Preschool students attend one field trip during the year. During the most recent years, the Preschool students have gone to the Disney on Ice program at the United Center.
- CityServe - Preschool students participate in this activity that takes children off campus to visit and sing at local nursing facilities.
A playground was installed during the summer of 2013. The playground is equipped to challenge the students to climb and slide their way through a maze of creative equipment.
When weather does not permit students to be outside on the playground, there is also an indoor playroom that has more "sit on the floor" and play activities and equipment.
All children must be able to be completely independent in using the washroom facilities.
Class size for the Pre-Kindergarten Class (traditionally 2.5 and 3 year olds) is up to 15 children with a part-time aide assisting the teacher when more than 12 children enrolled. The Junior Kindergarten Class (traditionally 4 year olds) is up to 18 children with a part-time aide assisting the teacher when more than 14 children enrolled.
There are 3 preschool teachers, and combined they have 83 total years of teaching experience.
All doors to the preschool are locked at all times. There is a "buzz-in" security system for access into the facility. The preschool is also equipped with video surveillance.
The school day is 8:00-11:30 for half day children, 8:00-3:05 for full day children. The facility is opened for extended hours from 6:30 am until 6:00 pm.
Morning snack is held between 9:30 and 10:15 am and lunch is included for as part of the full day student enrollment. For students that are not full day but staying beyond 11:30 am, there is a daily rate that is charged for lunch. Students may also bring a sack lunch.
- Listening Skills: developing an age-appropriate attention span, learning to understanding and follow directions, learning to understand and obey school and social rules, etc.
- Social/Emotional Development: enjoy and initial friendships, learn the art of sharing, learning how to show kindness, engaging in cooperative group play, learning to take turns, developing good manners, developing self-confidence, developing self-control, etc.
- Listening Skills: understanding and following multi-step directions, developing an age appropriate attention span, answering comprehension questions about stories, etc.
- Readiness Skills: recognizing colors, coloring in the lines, gripping the pencil correctly, tracing, using scissors, cutting on the lines, following directions, etc.
- Social Development: sharing and taking turns, playing independently, participating in group play, developing kindness and good manners, etc.