Early Childhood Curriculum
Our toddler and preschool classes are introduced to Sunday School through a routine of: open play, clean-up, music time, story, snack, Bible activity, and an ending playtime/clean-up while parents pick-up their children.
Our toddler and preschool age group uses the same curriculum, First Look, from www.252basics.com. This curriculum is designed for the toddler and preschool development level with a monthly theme, basic memory verse, and a simple thruth about the love of Chirst which carries through each month. These themes repeat throughout the year with an intended goal that our kid's will learn about the love of God and His love for them.
We have two toddler teachers to teach this class. The lesson is presented in very basic words to show a glimpse of who God is through basic Bible stories and hands on activities. This is the youngest age group we have for our Sunday School classes. Parents are welcome to stay and particiapte with their child if needed until they feel comfortable in the class. We also provide take home handouts that talk about what was done in class that day and how to interact with the theme at home
This is where children learn foundational things about God, the Bible and how to treat people. We use the same curriculum as the toddler class, but the story is told in an expanded form and the children have a chance to interact more with the monthly theme. We focus this class on community as well, with the children beginning to build friendships among themsleves and their teachers. Weekly handouts and projects are encouraged to be taken seriously by parents to extend the lesson at home, as well as a memory verse to practice each month.
School Age Class and Curriculum (K-6th Grades)
These are the years where kids really start to own their faith and discover more deeply who Christ is and how they are part of His story. Our school age group meets as one class. The older students are enouraged to act as role models for the yougner students which provides a great oppurtunity for all our students.
K-6th Grade students experience workship in the main service with adults, and are dismissed to their class with their teacher partially through the service. During classtime, students are engaged in activities together focused around the message for the week, read scripture together, and practice the monthly theme though activity based learning.
We use currciculum from www.252basics.com. These materials are focused around a monthly theme and dive deep into issues our school age children face on a daily basis whether it be: how to be a generous person, using self-control, or what it means to be gratious.
We provide a monthly family take home sheet which links directly into the theme and offers you relevant scripture passages, opportunities to engage with the theme practically and different ideas for how to discuss the topic with your children. Students are provided a devotional page for each weeks lesson as well.
Our Kid's Community Vision
- It is our desire for children at The Oregon Community to feel welcome, valued and made to feel they are important.
- The Oregon Comminuty is a place where children are viewed as gifted individuals, a part of the body of Christ.
- As a ministry team, we want to come alongside parents and nurture each child's relationship with God through classroom teaching and activities. As a whole, every activity and lesson is designed to foster in children a deep understanding of God's desire to have a relationship with them.
Policies and Procedures:
We are committed to providing our families with a safe & secure ministry environment. That includes volunteers who have been screened and have been cleared to work with children. Because we have this standard, it requires us to have every person who applies to work with our children go through a background check.
To ensure student safety we will follow the guidelines below for our teacher/student class sizes:
In our School Age Class: 1:10 students
In our Toddler Class 1:4 students
In our Preschool Class: 1:8 students
Teachers will follow clear guidelines on Student/Teacher Interactions
Because we place a high value on the safety of each child, we ask all teachers to follow these rules:
• Never find themselves alone with a child.
• Never touch a child in a questionable way during discipline or any other time.
• Never use questionable language.
• Get prior approval before showing a video tape.
• Bathroom assistance: Only female volunteers are allowed to assist a child, and will ask parents to come change their child's diaper.
• Immediately report to the pastor or Children’s Ministry leader any behavior that appears inappropriate.
Boundaries and Discipline
It is important to set some boundaries with the children so that they are safe, have fun, & don’t hurt themselves or others while in our care. Teachers are given many suggestions so they know how to interact with your child. But overall please know that we do not allow volunteers to yell, grab, slap, or spank kids. In certain situations we may have your child in a time out to calm down from a high energy situation, and if needed, will call you from the main service to help with behavior.
-We follow the same rules of many day cares/schools and ask our families to not come to Kid's Community if your child has: had a fever, is vomiting, has diarrhea, has an infectious condition, or a lot of sneezing, coughing or mucus.
-All children should be free of vomiting for at least 48 hours before coming to Kid's Community
-All children should be clear of fever for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication, and should be free of illness related diarrhea for 24 hours.
-Teachers will remove mouthed toys from play, placing them in a dirty toy bin or wash them.
-Children will be asked to instruct children to cough/sneeze into the crook of his/her elbow, towards his/her shoulder or into shirt collar, and will keep noses wiped.