Preschool (3-4 year olds)

Curriculum

We use The Gospel Project, a curriculum by Lifeway Publishing. The Gospel Project for Kids is a Christ-centered Bible study resource that follows a chronological timeline of Bible events—presenting the story of redemption through Jesus like kids have never seen it before! Each week, these stories come to life through video, music, activities, and more.  If you would like to know more about the curriculum, please see their webpage.

Bible Class

Every Sunday morning, we have Bible class for all ages.  All children’s classes are in the Kids Wing.  Bible class is from 9:00am – 9:45am.
2 year olds meet in the Nursery
3 year olds meet in classroom #113
4 year olds meet in classroom #112

Connect at home

We provide parents with ideas for conversation with their child at home.  It is our fervent desire to be an intimate and valuable partner with parents in passing on our faith to the next generation.  Everyone is welcome to request the login information for the free resource called RightNow Media.  Ask Marla for your family’s code to gain access to kids videos, parenting and marriage resources too! mfinley@hocc.org

Preschool Praise (PSP)

Children’s worship is offered during the school year for 3-year-olds through kindergarten.  Children are dismissed from the worship center during regular worship and moved to children’s worship, located in Kid’s Town.  If your child is not checked in to Preschool Praise (PSP) at one of our check-in kiosks, please dismiss with your child and someone will assist you with the check-in process.  As a courtesy to our Preschool Praise team, please pick your child up promptly at the conclusion of the worship service. On weeks when PSP is not held, Busy Bags will be available to borrow to keep your children occupied during the worship service.

Serving Others

It is important to instill in our children an attitude of gratitude for the blessings we tend to take for granted, blessings often not experienced by others in our community and in the world.  Your child will be encouraged to bring a canned good each week for Caring and Sharing, our benevolence program, to help feed children who are not as fortunate.

During worship, in the fall and spring when your child is dismissed for Preschool Praise (children’s church), he will be encouraged to bring money for the missionaries that we support.  This gesture is necessary for your child to feel that he is a contributing part of this church community and will make a lasting impression on him as he develops the responsibility of stewardship.

What to Bring

If your child is not fully potty-trained, please bring an extra diaper or pull-up.  If you are working to potty-train your child, it is wise to have a change of clothes on hand in case of emergency.  If your child is fully potty-trained and wearing underwear instead of a diaper, please instruct the teacher as to the most effective way to ask/encourage your child to use the restroom.  A restroom is adjacent to the classroom.  Your child will be allowed to use the restroom alone if he/she is capable.  If not, assistance will be provided.

Please label anything your child brings to class with his first and last name, such as a diaper bag, or your child’s coat.  This helps us keep track of your child’s items.

Your Child’s Health

We operate a well-child program. For the protection of all the children in our ministry, we cannot accept a child with a fresh cold (four days or less), fever, rash, persistent cough, diarrhea or any other signs of illness. We request that you not place your child in class while they are at risk of exposing other children. Thank you in advance for helping us to maintain our children’s ministry as a healthy place for all.   It is important to note that even with these precautions children are exposed to illnesses.   To reduce the risks, the table, chairs, toys and manipulatives are sanitized after each class.

What to Expect:

A Warm Welcome

Your child must be checked in at the Children’s Ministry Check-in kiosk located in the atrium area to the right of entrance G (chapel entrance) in order to enter class.  If you enter the building through one of the Kids Wing entrances (Doors H & I), there are additional Check-in kiosks located in the hallway.

As you and your child approach the Children’s Ministry Check-in kiosk you will be greeted and assisted in the check-in process. Once you become familiar with this process, you may choose to utilize the self check-in.

You will be given a security nametag for your child to wear, with a corresponding tag for yourself.  For the safety of your child, your tag must be presented at the time of pick up.  A child cannot be released without presentation of the parent’s corresponding tag.  As you walk your child to class, you will be greeted at the door by one of your child’s teachers, who will receive your child and any other necessary items. If your child is new to class or hesitant about staying, the teacher will provide the necessary assurance and encouragement to make class a positive experience for him.

Saying Good-bye

As you drop your child off in the class, simply wave a quick good-bye, assure your child that you will return after the bell rings, and leave.  As you know, it is normal for little ones to cry when leaving a parent. This does not last long, and separation becomes easier over time. Your child’s teacher will immediately try to create interest in a toy or activity and give assurance that you will return soon.  Your child will quickly enter into a positive experience of learning and fun planned just for them.

Please provide your cell phone number and the teacher will call or text you if your child remains inconsolable after 10 minutes.  Remember to put your phone on vibrate so that it does not disturb your class, but keep it where you can see or feel it vibrate.

Checking On Your Child

Feel free to check on your little one at any time.  However, we ask that you do so discreetly, trying not to let your child see you.

Meet Your Child’s Teachers

You can meet your child’s teacher when you drop your child off for class.  When you pick your child up, you might receive handouts that your child used in class or that are sent home to reinforce the lesson of the day.  If no handouts are planned for the day, please ask your teacher about the Bible lesson of the day so that you can ask your child questions and reinforce the lesson throughout the week.

Join this text group to receive weekly updates on your child’s Bible class.

We encourage parents to observe class from time-to-time.  Occasional class observation is encouraged to assist you in teaching Bible stories to your child at home.  However, it is not advisable if your child is going through a phase of being timid about being dropped off for class.  Once your child separates easily and demonstrates that he enjoys class, ask his teacher if you can schedule a class observation.

 

Pick-up Procedures

Your child’s teacher will expect the same person to drop off and pick up your child unless special instructions are given at drop off. You should have the matching tag that goes with your child’s name tag.  Please make sure that all your child’s personal items have been returned to you before you leave the premises. Lost and found items will be retained for a short time.  Items not claimed after one month are donated to a charitable organization.

For more information, contact:

Children’s Minister:  Marla Finley (mfinley@hocc.org)

 

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