Our Work is Our Play

The programs at Riverbend Christian School is structured to be developmentally appropriate. Through much study we have come to believe that young children learn best through play. A group of children in the block center or housekeeping area are learning to solve problems, create new objects, take risks, and think in new ways.

As children play with each other, they learn to see another child's point of view and begin to be more empathetic and caring. Children who play alone may be practicing new ideas they have developed. They may be trying out a new way to do something before bringing the idea to the group.

Research indicates that intrinsic motivation, when we learn something primarily because we find the task enjoyable, is a more effective and satisfying way to learn. We make an effort to provide materials and activities that provide choice and are of interest to the children. By doing this we encourage higher-level thinking and problem solving, while providing an appropriate educational setting for your child. Play is very important to children. It is the vehicle for developing cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and language skills. In our program, each child is provided opportunities for personal growth through group involvement, creative activities, problem solving, self-control and acceptance of responsibility.

We offer a "Learning Through Play" environment.  All classrooms are set up in centers, which include a homeliving center for dramatic play, a block center, an art center, science and math, a quiet area with books and sensory activities.  Manipulatives are available for children to build their fine motor skills, such as manipulating playdough, lacing beads, sorting shapes, using tongs to pick up objects, stacking objects, etc.  Our Pre-K & Kinder Bridge classrooms also have a computer in the classroom and a writing center.

Riverbend Christian School follows The Creative Curriculum and our 3, 4 and 5 year old classes utilize the Handwriting Without Tears program.

For more details about school policies, check out our RBCS Parent Handbook.

Children in our Mother's Day Out program will be introduced to the following skills:  verbal and language, gross and fine motor, and socialization.  These skills will be developed through interaction with teachers and other children.  The teacher will provide a warm, loving environment in which the child may play, explore, and develop a good self-esteem.  The teachers will also help in the transition from home to school.  A daily note will be sent home with a record of the child's mood, diapering, and classroom activities.

Individual and group learning opportunities are provided daily in our preschool classes through developmentally appropriate active learning experiences which foster higher thinking and build confidence and self esteem.  Our 3 to 5 year classes have implemented the Handwriting Without Tears pre-writing and letter recognition curriculum which has been adopted by EISD.  Our degreed teachers incorporate the Creative Curriculum and Developmentally Appropriate Practices when planning their units of study.  Each school day the children participate in either Creative Movement, Spanish instruction or Music classes.  Outdoor play is also scheduled daily.  The curriculum is rich in literacy and phonetic awareness, process art, science, math and discovery, fine and gross motor activities and social interactions.  Chapel, consisting of a Bible story and singing is offered weekly as well as Story Time with our school librarian.  Weekly notes keep parents informed of classroom activities.

Our Kinder Bridge class has been designed specifically for children who are five and have already completed a traditional Pre-K program.  We also allow fall birthdays to enroll in this class, creating a class of children who will be the oldest in their grade.  This class will include more activities that build confidence, encourage independence, enhance socialization, build leadership qualities and strengthen academic success.


Art Center
The Art Center promotes of sense of artistic inquiry by focusing on the artistic process rather than product in the visual, verbal, written, dramatic, and musical arts.
What do children learn while creating?

 Small and Large Muscle Control        Hand-Eye Coordination        Creativity and Expression 
 Interpretation of Experiences  Making Models   Observation Skills 
 Symbolic Representation  Cooperation  Spatial Relationships
 Creative Representation  Taking Turns  Patience and Persistence
 Color, Shape and Texture   Patterning  Language Expansion
 Exploration of Materials  Sorting   Strengthening Arms and Hands

Block Center
The Block Center involves the child fully in physical, intellectual, creative, social emotional, and open-ended play.
What do children learn while playing?

 Planning and Building Together   How to Make a Plan          Counting
 Small/Large Muscle Development      Size and Shape    Cooperation
 Spatial Relationships  Positional Attributes             Turn Taking
 Strengthening Arms and Hands  Same and Different  Patterning
 Imaginative Play  Problem Solving  Categorizing
 1:1 Correspondence  Making Models  Sorting

Computer Center

The Computer Center involves the child fully in physical, intellectual, creative, social emotional, and open-ended play.
What do children learn while playing?

 Problem Solving  Positional Attributes  Fine Motor Control
 Cooperation  Cause/Effect Relationships  Taking Turns
 Dexterity  Basic Computer Vocabulary          Follow Multi-Step Directions
 Hand-Eye Coordination                

Dramatic Play

The Dramatic Play/Home Living Center involves the child fully in physical, intellectual, creative, social emotional, and open-ended play.
What do children learn while playing?

 Negotiation  Requesting and Questioning  Pretend
 Expression of Feelings            Role Playing  Plan Play
 Sharing  Reality and Fantasy  Problem Solving
 Related Vocabulary  Relating Past, Present and Future           Cooperation
 Sequence of Events  Small and Large Muscle Control  Turn Taking

Library Center
The Book Center promotes confidence and comfort with books while developing the motivation and skills needed for reading.
What do children learn while playing?

 Predicting  Empathy  Number Recognition
 Verbal is Represented in Print  Same and Different  Rhymes
 Letter Recognition  Fine Motor Development  Phonological Awareness
 Word Recognition  Visual Tracking  Left to Right
 Book Orientation  Vocabulary  Top to Bottom
 Memory  Counting  Sequencing

Manipulatives encourage choice making, independence, toy manipulation, and sharing.
What do children learn while playing?

 Concept Development  Imagination  Problem Solving
 Fine Motor Skills  1:1 Correspondence              Making Models
 Sensory Integration  Making a Plan  Counting
 Hand-Eye Coordination  Size and Shape  Cooperation
 Spatial Relationships  Positional Attributes  Turn Taking
 Strengthening Arms and Hands            Same and Different  Patterning

Music Center
The Music Center lets children be creative to express themselves.  Children develop an appreciation for the arts and their ability to be musical.  The following skills are gained:  listening, learning how to differentiate sounds, timing, rhythm and patterns.

Science Center
The Science Center involves the child in activities to explore properties of materials, positions, and motions of objects through investigation.
What do children learn while playing?

 Classification and Sorting         Measuring and Weighing      Making Observations and Predictions
 Problem Solving  Estimation  Safety
 Comparisons  Questioning  Environment
 Experimenting  Drawing Conclusions  Learning About the World

Writing Center
The Writing Center involves the child in pre-writing activities that promote a sense of importance and confidence with written expression.
What do children learn while playing?

 Motor Skills   Feel Comfortable "Writing"
 Spatial Relationships                      Pre-Writing Concepts
 Language Skills  Directional and Positional Concepts

The Writing Center helps to develop an understanding that:
Thoughts and ideas can be represented using symbols
"Writing" can be used for many purposes, e.g. labeling, notes, lists, cards, stories
Emotions can be represented through pictures/text
Certain shaped marks mean different things


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