What is a "Trauma Sensitive Environment?"
Children living in adversity have higher rates of ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences), which produce toxic stress and damages the structure and function of their developing brains. (See our "Research" page to learn more.) SonShine teachers implement daily strategies in a Christ-centered, nurturing, consistent, and reliable environment to reduce the effects of toxic stress in children and enhance their ability to learn.
SonShine's high-quality Christian education gives children a solid foundation from which to grow to be resilient, healthy, successful life-long learners in school and throughout life, and for growing a relationship with Jesus Christ.
SonShine infuses basic biblical teachings and principles throughout the developmental domains in a manner that is age appropriate and relevant to the teachable moment.
SonShine utilizes The Creative Curriculum, a scientifically based, research-tested model which links curriculum and assessment. It is based on its developmentally appropriate approach to learning and the philosophy that young children learn best by doing. Important goals of The Creative Curriculum are to help children become enthusiastic, independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learners.Sonshine also aligns our curriculum with the Iowa Early Learning Standards - http://www.state.ia.us/earlychildhood/files/early_learning_standarda/IELS_2013.pdf)
Bible InstructionFor our daily bible instruction, we use a variety of children's bibles, puppets, art, flannel story boards, and other materials to present the biblical truths of:- creation- the fall of man (sin)- the birth, death, and resurrection of God’s Son Jesus Christ- the indwelling of the Holy Spirit - eternal salvation found through repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We also guide the development of:
The activities we plan for children are also based on their interests and needs. The way we organize the environment; select toys and materials; plan the daily schedule; and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish our goals for the children in the following developmental domains:SpiritualChildren will know:
* It is our prayer that as children and their families come to know Christ, they will independently and by their own free will, accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. This will never be forced as we believe it is the Holy Spirit who prompts and leads people to the acceptance of Jesus Christ.SocialChildren will:
Cognitive Children will:
PhysicalChildren will :
(All Iowa Early Learning Standards are incorporated within the domains)Area 1 - Social and Emotional DevelopmentArea 2 - Physical Well-Being and Motor DevelopmentArea 3 - Approaches to LearningArea 4 - Social StudiesArea 5 - Creative ArtsArea 6 - Communication, Language, and LiteracyArea 7 - MathematicsArea 8 - Science(Details for each Standard Area can be found at: http://www.state.ia.us/earlychildhood/files/early_learning_standarda/IELS_2013.pdfDetail your servicesHaving a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.
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