The Carpenter’s Shop Christian School is committed to providing a Christ-centered educational environment where each child can learn and grow emotionally, physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually.
Purpose and Philosophy:
Our Bible Verse: Deuteronomy 6:5-7
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. The commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.”
The key to teaching our children to love God is stated simply and clearly in Deuteronomy 6:5-7. If we want our children to follow God, we must make God a part of our children’s everyday experiences. We must teach them diligently to see God in all aspects of their life. We, as parents and educators, have an awesome responsibility to “train our children in the way they should go.”
We believe that each child is a unique gift of God. Our approach involves the whole child and recognizes that each one develops at his or her own rate. The purpose of our preschool is to provide a caring, positive environment that is safe, loving, and rich in opportunities for learning and growth through age appropriate, hands-on activities. We believe a child’s first school experience is important because it lays the foundation for all future educational experiences. Therefore, we provide an encouraging atmosphere conducive to individual growth and development.
Spiritual Purpose and Philosophy:
To minister to children so that they may develop positive attitudes about God, Jesus and themselves: that they would receive foundational teachings, so that, when they are developmentally ready, they can receive Jesus Christ as Savior. Our job is to plant the seeds so that children will bear spiritual fruit in God’s timing.
- Children have spiritual needs. God warns that if children are not taught His ways, future generations will cease to follow His Word. (Judges 2:10-11; Psalm 78:1-8) (Children’s Ministry Resource Bible, Developed by Child Evangelism Fellowship, p. 1469)
- The world is battling for our children with many anti-God approaches: drugs, alcohol, violence, abuse, humanism, false cults. We want to help equip children to live God-centered lives by helping them to develop a firm Christian foundation that will sustain them through whatever life brings.
- We feel it is important that we provide a place where children are taught to succeed academically, socially, physically, but most of all spiritually.
“And all the children shall be taught of the Lord: and great shall be the peace of the children” (Isaiah 54:13)
- Children are avid learners.
- Authorities in child development say that there is no period in life during which a person learns more than in the preschool years. The learning curve that occurs between the ages of birth and 5 years is critical to a child’s educational and spiritual development
- What a child learns during these formative years becomes the foundation for all future learning.
- The Bible tells of several preschoolers who received careful training from godly adults that profoundly influenced their adult lives. They were well-grounded spiritually and were taught the Holy Scriptures from the time they were small (i.e. Moses, Samuel, Timothy).
- Perceptions dominate the young child’s thinking. What he sees, hears, and otherwise experiences at a given moment influences him. (Smart, Mollie S. & Smart, Russell C., Children Development and Relationships, p. 206)
- Religious and philosophical concepts also develop through cognitive and social growth, guided by the type of concepts to which the child is exposed.