Curriculum

For 44 years, LHCP has been providing children with an engaging early childhood experience. We have created a comprehensive, forward-thinking, research-based curriculum that fosters curiosity, discovery and problem solving skills. This curriculum boosts brainpower through making choices and questioning. These strategies help develop confidence, positive self-identity and an excitement for learning. Our school focuses on creating a child-centered environment that encourages Growing Minds, Giving Hearts, and Godly Character.

* Making connections across many disciplines.  Early literacy, math, social studies, science, creative arts, physical movement, health, social-emotional and spiritual development are all integrated throughout the curriculum. 

*Assessments performed during the year using developmental checklists specific to each age group. 

* Two conferences are offered each year- fall and spring.  Teachers are always available to meet with parents outside of these time frames. 

* Teachers facilitate the learning process by creating learning centers and provide exploration times. 

* Direct instruction ensures that children receive target skills, understand concepts, and practice strategies.  

* Skills and concepts are reviewed, revisited, and expanded throughout the preschool years. 

* Our hands-on approach to learning requires a child’s mind and body to be actively involved in the classroom environment with social interaction. Research shows that too much screen time, especially in young children, may interfere with learning and development. With this in mind, LHCP is intentional in not providing technological learning games while at school. Instead, we focus on active and direct play where children explore, discover, and make connections across many disciplines, while engaging with other children and adults. 

Philosophy

Growing Minds, Giving Hearts and Godly Character are the building blocks of our philosophy. Being part of a preschool environment that focuses on these 3 principles builds core values and provides unlimited benefits in shaping children's spirits and identities.

Growing Minds

We focus on Growing Minds through creating a hands-on environment that fosters curiosity, discovery and problem-solving skills, resulting in individual growth and positive self-identity. This sets the stage for a lifetime love of learning.  

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.  Proverbs 22:6

Giving Hearts

Giving Hearts are developed by being aware of the needs of others in the children's classrooms, communities, and families. We believe teaching our students the importance of giving helps to foster compassion and a strong sense of self. 

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

Godly Character

Cultivating Godly Character is the most essential building block of our program. With a Christ-centered foundation, based on biblical principles, we help foster honesty, respect, loving one another and spiritual growth.  

The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Galatians 5:22-23

 The Harvest Party is a tradition we love celebrating at LHCP!

The Harvest Party is a tradition we love celebrating at LHCP!

 Just one of the many animals to pet during the Quiver Farm visit to LHCP.

Just one of the many animals to pet during the Quiver Farm visit to LHCP.

 Creating a safe place for us to observe our baby chicks!

Creating a safe place for us to observe our baby chicks!

 Caterpillars to chrysalides- soon to be Butterflies!

Caterpillars to chrysalides- soon to be Butterflies!

 

Special Events that enhance our Curriculum

Long Hill Christian Preschool offers extensive activities and events which enhance our curriculum and are designed to engage the children, as well as encourage added exploration and creativity.  

Circus

A perennial favorite among students, parents, and teachers alike; the LHCP Circus is not to be missed!  Students in the Sparks class dress as circus animals or clowns and perform fun acts for their parents and the students in the Sunbeams and Shining Stars classes. Be sure to bring your camera; adorable photos of your precious lion or tiger or bear (oh my!) guaranteed!   

Christmas Concert

All of our classes participate in a very special Christmas program each year. They bring the meaning of Christmas to their audience through songs and poems. A celebration with all the families follows in Fellowship Hall.

Harvest Festival

Throw on your favorite flannel shirt and join your child at the LHCP Harvest Festival. Pick a pumpkin on the front lawn pumpkin patch, and then visit the gym for a carnival-style celebration featuring games and other fun activities. 

Quiver Farm

This celebration of spring brings farm life to our school.  It offers students and their families the opportunity to meet, pet, feed and enjoy friendly farm animals while learning what life is like on Quiver Farm.

Chick Hatching

A visit from a hen and rooster to drop off chick eggs from Quiver Farm begins our chick hatching experience each year. It's hard to contain the excitement as the children observe the eggs in the incubator to hatching baby chicks.

Butterfly Metamorphosis

It's time to grow! The children get to experience the fascinating life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly- from caterpillars to chrysalides to butterflies!  

International Days

As a culminating activity to the multicultural theme, our Sparks students grab their passports and head for destinations around the world. They "fly" from country to country and at each stop they learn about the culture, foods, music and artwork of that community. 

Water Days

During the last month of school each class has an opportunity to picnic on our lawns with their families and participate in water and fun summer activities. 

Fire Truck Visit

The Green Village Fire Department visits our school every year during fire safety month. The children have an opportunity to see a firefighter dressed in his protective gear, learn about the equipment and sit in the fire truck! 

Dentist Visit

During dental health month, Dr. Gleckner of Florham Park visits our school and talks to the children about visiting the dentist and taking care of their teeth. The children enjoy learning about King Cavity and seeing Dr. Gleckner's puppets!

Graduation

The Sparks take part in a lovely graduation ceremony where they celebrate and are celebrated. It is a touching ceremony where the children receive a diploma, sing songs and recite poems. Afterwards we gather to share memories of their wonderful preschool years with fellow classmates and families.  

JAM WITH JESUS

A musical experience run by the Long Hill Chapel Music Minister," Mr. Ed".  All classes participate in this weekly program that captures the children's attention as well as their hearts as they sing songs to praise God!   This lively musical gathering is a favorite time for the children and teachers.