The activities designed for the children of Solomon’s Porch are the product of three major influences: brain development, Fowler’s Stages of Faith, and the unique attributes of our community.
|Brain Development||Fowler’s Stages of Faith||Solomon’s Porch|
|Infants and Toddlers||Social/ Emotional: Shy/anxious around strangers Prefers regular caregivers/parents Developing object permanence Physical: Culminates in walking 9-15 mo May crawl on stairs Learns about their world through touch, experience Cognitive: Imitates others Very short attention span Language: Increasing attention paid to speech Begins to respond to verbal requests Great variance in language abilities||Stage 0: Infants and Toddlers Primal or Undifferentiated Faith Early learning of the safety of their environment ie: Warm, safe, secure vs. hurt, neglect and abuse||Infants: We are a community that LOVES babies. We want to nurture, connect and be reminded of our connection with God. We want to hear each other’s laughter and cries.Toddlers: We are a community of nurturers. We want to connect with each other, know each other and learn to trust each other. We want children to know they are safe and loved.|
|Preschoolers||Social/ Emotional: Imitates adults and peers Expresses emotions Understands right/wrong Separates easily from parents Physical: Runs, jumps, climbs May prefer to be in motion Walks on stairs Cognitive: Loves imaginary play Follows three-part command Attention span relates to age Language: Speech is understandable to strangers Tells stories Understands longer stories||Stage 1: Preschoolers Intuitive-Projective Faith Characterized by the psyche’s unprotected exposure to the unconscious||We are a community of artists, musicians, storytellers and dancers. We want the Fruit of the Spirit to be present in our lives. We want children to know and enjoy each other.|
|Elementary||Social/ Emotional: Able to distinguish fantasy from reality Prefers structure Capable of introspection Increasingly independent, industrious, self-directed and goal-oriented Physical: Refines and masters complex gross and fine motor skills Cognitive: Concrete operational thinking replaces egocentric cognition Thought process more logical and rational Develops the ability to understand others Language: Recalls and retells stories Understands concept of past and future||Stage 2: Elementary Mythical-Literal Faith Strong belief in justice & reciprocity of the universe.||We are a community that loves to learn. We want to share the stories of our faith. We want children to know that .they are a part of a bigger story.|