At Cornerstone Community School, reading and math-readiness activities are introduced. A curriculum is used for all students to strengthen and practice skills such as alphabetic principle, blending skills, auditory identification and discrimination, word attack and comprehension. While many kindergartners are reading fluently by year’s end, our goal is that all students will leave with strong phonemic awareness and vocabulary development. The students are frequently read to, exposed to phonics and immersed in a literature-rich environment which heightens their awareness of the printed word and fosters a love for reading.

Cognitive and verbal skills are strengthened through show and tell, storytelling, dramatic play, music and poetry recitation. Character development is emphasized throughout the day as the children play and interact with one another and the adults in the classroom. The children grow spiritually as they share and pray in their morning devotional time and as they experience and discuss God’s involvement in everything they do throughout the day. Frequent field trips and hands-on activities are central to our program which seeks to immerse the young, active child in tangible, real-life learning experiences. The children also have a snack time and plenty of opportunities for games and outdoor play.