Preschool

Big Wood School, an outreach of Church of the Big Wood, provides a strong academic curriculum that is firmly based on Christian principles.  Children thrive in a loving and caring environment where they grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.  Positive discipline is used throughout the school and children learn to respect themselves and one another. 

Big Wood School 2021-2022 School Year Calendar

Registration for Fall 2021-2022 opened on March 1, 2021. Any applications submitted before March 1 will not be accepted.

Curriculum

Big Wood provides an academic program for children 18 months through pre-Kindergarten with an after school enrichment club for Kindergarten – 1st graders. Our teachers are extremely dedicated, enthusiastic, and creative.  All classes follow our Academic Christian Curriculum that includes all of the letters, numbers, shapes, and Bible stories, as well as incorporating science, math, art, music, and physical activity into our daily lessons. We feel that our program provides the foundation needed for every child to smoothly transition to Elementary School with knowledge, self confidence, social and emotional skills, and a strong faith.

Curriculum resources:

  • Wright-Way Skills (Pre-K/K)
  • Math Your Way
  • BrainPop Jr.
  • Preschool Comprehensive Curriculum
  • Reading Horizons (K-3rd grade)
  • Creative Pre-K
  • LifeWays
  • Imagination Station

Programs

Big Wood School offers full day or half day preschool for children 18 months of age to five years old, as well as an after-school Kids’ Club for Kindergarten and First Graders coming from local Elementary schools. The mission of Big Wood School is to provide a quality, well-rounded education, promote the development of social skills, and create an environment for the teaching of Christian values and practices.  This is accomplished on a day-to-day basis in a fun and loving atmosphere.  

Throughout the school day, students enjoy age-appropriate activities in language arts, math, and science that relate to each week’s theme. To enhance the learning process, teachers incorporate hands-on exploratory activities, as well as field trips to a wide variety of places of local interest. School-wide events bring a new dimension to the year. Special weeks, such as Science Week, Art Week, and Disability Week, allow students to experience various aspects of the basic theme. Our highlight of the year is our Annual Gallery Walk. For this special event, the school is transformed into a gallery of student art. Visitors enjoy an evening of music, games, and refreshments, culminating in an art auction featuring a professional auctioneer. By having art and music as integral parts of each day, children thrive in an environment that encourages creativity. With our dedicated and responsible staff, Big Wood becomes the perfect place for children to grow in a safe and loving environment.

Fall Session 2021-2022

Dates: September 7, 2021 – June 3, 2022

Half Day (8:00 am-12:15 pm) and Full Day (8:00 am-4:00 pm) are available for children ages 18 months through pre-Kindergarten. Children are involved in small groups which focus on the use of manipulative and experiential learning for concept and physical development. Social and emotional skills are promoted through the development of life skills and manners, loving mentoring relationships with teachers, supervised play, and the use of positive discipline – providing positive choices, developing respect for each other, using natural and logical consequences, and developing problem solving abilities. 

Our afternoons include a lunch period, a nap option, a large motor program, developmental art, instrumental music and rhythms, free exploration stations, and outdoor play.

Kids’ Testimonials

My favorite thing about Big Wood School:

“When we go on field trips!” – Tindsley, 4

“Building cars and airplanes with Legos.” – Jack, 4

“Getting to play in the HUGE gym!” – Rewk, 4

“Seeing all my friends!” – Hazel, 5

What I’ve learned:

“Killer whales are the top of the food chain.” – Naomi, 5

“How to make sculptures.” – William, 4

“To draw things, like unicorns.” – Stella, 4

“All about cooking.” – Harper, 4

In Sanctuary, I love:

“Dancing!” – James, 5

“Singing the ‘High and Low’ song” -Vanessa, 5

“Watching the Bible movie.” – Porter, 4

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