In addition to our regular curriculum, MVCP offers additional Specials to help children become well-rounded.
Spiritual growth is a key part of life for everyone. At MVCP, our children learn age-appropriate basic Bible lessons and songs that go along with our school curriculum, taught by our church’s Children’s Pastor.
Our culture has made music a performance art, where a few people sing or make music and everyone else listens. In many other cultures, music is participatory with everyone involved. Our music program at MVCP takes this focus, teaching children to be actively involved in music. We learn rhythm, pitch, singing, dance and movement. Children are encouraged to get silly and to get up and move. The teacher uses instruments and props to provide kinesthetic experiences that leave the children with an appreciation for all kinds of music.
Sports & Physical Education
Physical activity is highly important for children. Our sports program offers them the opportunity to begin learning the basics of sports such as throwing, kicking, hitting a ball, catching a ball, and safe movement as well as the basics of how to play basketball, soccer, and baseball. Children are taught the motor skills and motions that can be used to build on later if they want to play these sports in school. In addition, they are taught how to stretch and warm up as well as the importance of hydration
Studies show that learning a second language as a child, improves language abilities in all areas, including their native language. At MVCP, we have a Spanish program. Instead of doing a “sit and learn activity” the teacher engages in play with the children and speaks in Spanish for the entire session, teaching them colors, shapes, days of the week and months, and common phrases. Our goal is to expose the children to the language and set a foundation for which to build on in later years.
American Sign Language
According to experts, babies as young as six to seven months old can remember a sign. By eight months, children can begin to sign single words and imitate gestures, and by 24 months, children can sign compound words and full sentences. Many abnormal behaviors such as aggression, tantrumming, self-injury, anxiety, and depression, are often attributed to an inability to communicate to others. Sign language allows the child to communicate using signs and motivates the verbal language process. Another benefit of teaching a child to sign may be the facilitation of their attentiveness to social gestures of others as well as of themselves. Teaching sign language along with speech has proven to speed up spoken communication.