Curriculum for the Young

The goal of any Bible-based early childhood curriculum should be to provide a unique medium for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with children, young families and early childhood teachers. All knowledge comes from an understanding of Biblical principles and nature (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 2:6; Proverbs 9:10; White, 2002, CE pp. 32, 64, 113, 196). For this reason, this is the curriculum’s main foundation upon which the secular concepts are based. There has been a purposeful intention to write each academic unit from a spiritual – Biblical or nature-based – perspective (White, 2002, 7MR 18.1). In this way, young children will learn to connect secular and academic information with an ever-present Savior who cares about all aspects of their life and learning.

                                                  

Learning experiences should have the full intention of bringing children and parents closer to Christ through the study of nature, its Creator, and Scripture in addition to core subject areas (White, 2002, 7MR 6.3). The learning activities and materials must guide children away from the artificial fascinations and excitements of the world while teaching them to appreciate and understand its wonders and life lessons (White, 2002, 7MR 8.1). 

 

Parent Concerns

 

Parent concerns often provide the impetus for change. In the area of learning, parents have expressed concerns related to:

 

  • Academic Readiness
  • Academic Achievement
  • Test Scores
  • Socialization Skills

 Why are parents concerned? Why are they looking for these particular things? Research studies by Kagan and Neuman and Hyson help provide a few answers.

 

Public policy makers expect young children to meet standards, master pre-literacy, and pre-numeracy skills, and be ready for “school” (Kagan & Neuman, 2003). White House conferences, the media, and legislation are promoting standards, outcomes, skills, and assessment for young children (Kagan & Neuman, 2003). As of 2008, 38 states have now invested in pre-kindergarten initiatives and even more states, as well as other early childhood professional groups, have developed “standards” for pre-kindergarten years, placing a very strong emphasis on academic outcomes (NIEER, 2008; Hyson, 2003).

 

Research over the past twenty years has decidedly shown that early academics hinder growth and development of both the child’s overall intellect and emotions. Academic gains are only short term (Barnett, 1998). Children enrolled in highly academic preschools gain no overall cognitive ability as evidenced past the first grade (Hyson, 2003). Sadly, children in academic preschools demonstrate less creative thought processes and have less positive attitudes toward school by the end of kindergarten (Rescorla, Hyson, & Hirsh-Pasek, 1991).

 

In the field of early childhood education, one of the goals is to prepare children for formal schooling. The term “developmentally appropriate practice” (DAP) has become a national cliché signifying the necessity to provide both aspects of early childhood education and care. The significance of the term has often been questioned, but the two concepts are truly inseparable.

 

School Readiness

 

When it comes to school readiness, the most important tool to teach a child is that of obedience; not blind obedience, but an obedience based on discerned trust and respect (White, 1903/2002). The most important skill to enhance within a child is creative imagination which will lend itself to the development of effective problem solving skills (Kagan, Moore, and Bredekamp, 1995).

 

These two components, obedience and creative imagination, can be readily observed within any developmentally appropriate classroom and prepare the child for on-going and more in-depth learning during their formal education years.

 

Homeschooling Options

The Moore Academy works hand in hand with homeschooling parents providing individualized curriculum, educational materials, unit studies for Homeschool along with aid in learning disabilities and gifted education.

After 55 years of teaching teachers and students, and managing education at all levels, the Moore Academy gives parents The Handbook - secrets of all the ages to avoid or cure burnout and failure, to bring success beyond normal hopes. Even drills can be fun. Allow for individual differences, follow the principled and balanced Moore Formula, and normal children will excel in head, hand, heart, and health, proven as it is by history, research and common sense.

The Moore Formula
1) Study from a few minutes to several hours a day, depending on the child's maturity.
2) Manual work at least as much as study.
3) Home and/or community service an hour or so a day. Focus on kids' interests and needs; be an example in consistency, curiosity, and patience. Live with them! Worry less about tests; we'll help you there. With the Moore Formula, if you are loving and can read, write, count, and speak clearly, you are a master teacher.

 

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