2004-05-12 / Faith

Grace Brethren’s innovative kindergarten program recognized

Grace Brethren Elementary School in Simi Valley has been recognized for its "Exemplary School Program" by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Grace Brethren’s "ground-breaking" kindergarten curriculum and K-1 program were cited. The school was a 2003-04 award winner and was recognized in the April edition of Christian School Education, the official publication of ACSI.

In 1991 Grace Brethren Elementary developed a curriculum for kindergarten students that would give young kindergartners time to develop academically, socially, emotionally and physically in an age-appropriate environment. The K-1 program was created to foster development in five-year-olds who need extra time to mature.

The curriculum consists of six centers the children individually complete every morning, and each day focuses on a different organized theme. The six centers are for Bible, English skills, math skills, creative arts, small-muscle and fine-motor skills, and science. The centers "provide structure, enjoyment and substantial growth" as measured by assessments and daily work accumulated over the year.

Each child takes a Gesell School Readiness Test in the spring before entering kindergarten. On the basis of their assessment, children are placed in either the K-1 or the K-2 program.

For more information, call Ruthann Sprague at Grace Brethren High School at (805) 522-4667. The junior/senior high school is at 1350 Cherry Ave., Simi Valley.

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