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BLOOM PreK: A Classical and Montessori Hybrid

BLOOM is a unique program that is anchored by a belief that young children should be given many sensorial opportunities to come into direct contact with the world that God has created. We believe that work, internally and externally, is really ‘play’ for the youngest among us, we realize that practical life skills become the avenue by which the young child makes order and sense of his world. We endeavor to impart to each child the knowledge of Jesus Christ as his Savior within the context of a developmentally sound program that meets each child right where he is in his spiritual, emotional, physical and developmental world.

Intensive training in Christian Montessori methods combined with a traditional Classical Christian model yields a unique and desirable product for families who want just as much emphasis on a child’s spiritual development as they do on academic readiness.

BLOOM PreK reflects this natural combination of tactile and cognitive development and there’s currently nothing quite like it in our community.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.

Psalm 19:1

Beauty

Children have the innate ability to recognize the overwhelming qualities of beauty found in the ordinary day to day. Oftentimes, we adults move so quickly through life that we fail to take in the magnificence surrounding us.

At BLOOM, our classroom is designed in a way in which the children appreciate the beauty in the simplistic. There exists a satisfying sense of orderliness. To create this aesthetic, all of the tables and shelves are wooden. This pure sense of furnishing invites the children to a feeling of security and peace. By feeling comfortable in their space, the children’s capacity for growth becomes limitless. The various materials around the room entice the children to slow down in thought and movement to connect the concrete and tangible objects in their hands to the abstract and conceptual workings of their brains. This method of slowing down allows the children to acknowledge the beauty in learning and understanding.

God’s creation is the most amazing example of the beauty all around us. It is important for God’s creation to be present in the classroom. Children realize the intricacy of creation by looking at leaves, flowers, rocks, insects and more. They are taught to respect and care for creation. Children are encouraged to consider God’s marvelous works and how His creation is relevant to our lives and in the classroom.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.

Psalm 19:1

Beauty

Children have the innate ability to recognize the overwhelming qualities of beauty found in the ordinary day to day. Oftentimes, we adults move so quickly through life that we fail to take in the magnificence surrounding us.

At BLOOM, our classroom is designed in a way in which the children appreciate the beauty in the simplistic. There exists a satisfying sense of orderliness. To create this aesthetic, all of the tables and shelves are wooden. This pure sense of furnishing invites the children to a feeling of security and peace. By feeling comfortable in their space, the children’s capacity for growth becomes limitless. The various materials around the room entice the children to slow down in thought and movement to connect the concrete and tangible objects in their hands to the abstract and conceptual workings of their brains. This method of slowing down allows the children to acknowledge the beauty in learning and understanding.

God’s creation is the most amazing example of the beauty all around us. It is important for God’s creation to be present in the classroom. Children realize the intricacy of creation by looking at leaves, flowers, rocks, insects and more. They are taught to respect and care for creation. Children are encouraged to consider God’s marvelous works and how His creation is relevant to our lives and in the classroom.

Learn

All areas of the classroom are available to the children. And all subjects, including sensorial, language, geography, math, history, art and music are taught through the use of concrete materials and from a biblical perspective – this is how we learn. Through the children’s hands, their minds understand and their excitement is exhilarated. “I did it!” is the child’s exclamation upon mastering a challenging concept. This is the moment when the development of self-esteem and awareness occurs. From this point on, the child is ready to move forward in their development to greater challenges. This is the primary work of the child. It comes from deep within, and it is to be respected and cherished. Through this self-discovery, the child builds character.

He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

Ephesians 1:9-10

He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

Ephesians 1:9-10

Learn

All areas of the classroom are available to the children. And all subjects, including sensorial, language, geography, math, history, art and music are taught through the use of concrete materials and from a biblical perspective – this is how we learn. Through the children’s hands, their minds understand and their excitement is exhilarated. “I did it!” is the child’s exclamation upon mastering a challenging concept. This is the moment when the development of self-esteem and awareness occurs. From this point on, the child is ready to move forward in their development to greater challenges. This is the primary work of the child. It comes from deep within, and it is to be respected and cherished. Through this self-discovery, the child builds character.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to SERVE others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10

Serve

In our BLOOM program, our children grow to understand the importance of serving one another in love and kindness. The Bible provides the ultimate teachings on how to best serve others. Following Bible memorization and readings, the children engage in reflective conversations about what these verses and stories mean and how they can apply them to their own lives.

For example, the children might learn the meaning of “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Our words and actions affect one another. Therefore, it is important to reflect God’s love to our friends. The children might learn how to be a compassionate friend after reading and reflecting upon the story of how Ruth served and provided friendship to Naomi.

The children build each other up by working alongside one another and contributing their abilities to collectively understand new material. They know that when they choose to listen and obey during instructional times, they are helping their friends to learn by creating a space free from distractions. These are ways in which we learn how to care for one another.

In the classroom, the children are presented with opportunity to encourage and serve one another through kind words, thoughtful responses and selfless actions.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to SERVE others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10

Serve

In our BLOOM program, our children grow to understand the importance of serving one another in love and kindness. The Bible provides the ultimate teachings on how to best serve others. Following Bible memorization and readings, the children engage in reflective conversations about what these verses and stories mean and how they can apply them to their own lives.

For example, the children might learn the meaning of “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Our words and actions affect one another. Therefore, it is important to reflect God’s love to our friends. The children might learn how to be a compassionate friend after reading and reflecting upon the story of how Ruth served and provided friendship to Naomi.

The children build each other up by working alongside one another and contributing their abilities to collectively understand new material. They know that when they choose to listen and obey during instructional times, they are helping their friends to learn by creating a space free from distractions. These are ways in which we learn how to care for one another.

In the classroom, the children are presented with opportunity to encourage and serve one another through kind words, thoughtful responses and selfless actions.

Grow

Throughout the child’s learning in PreK, we strive to instill within them the sense of immeasurable growth. The primary objective is that the children will become lifelong learners – individuals who love to learn. Through perseverance, collaboration and attentiveness, the children’s skills will develop.

The materials in the classroom aim to speak to the heart of the child. These hands-on materials are more than learning tools. The materials allow the children to develop a deeper sense of connectivity to the learning concepts. The children are invited to enjoy the learning process. Each of the materials provides levels or progressions. In this way, a child never outgrows a material. Instead, he or she learns to use the material differently in order to master a new concept.

Ultimately, God is the author of personal growth and understanding. Reality cannot be properly experienced without a conscious reliance upon the gracious empowering of the Holy Spirit and the knowledge that we have been purchased by the blood of Christ. Therefore, all lessons and ideas must be governed by and in accordance with God’s word. The end of all knowledge is the glory of God and the good of the world.

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

Grow

Throughout the child’s learning in PreK, we strive to instill within them the sense of immeasurable growth. The primary objective is that the children will become lifelong learners – individuals who love to learn. Through perseverance, collaboration and attentiveness, the children’s skills will develop.

The materials in the classroom aim to speak to the heart of the child. These hands-on materials are more than learning tools. The materials allow the children to develop a deeper sense of connectivity to the learning concepts. The children are invited to enjoy the learning process. Each of the materials provides levels or progressions. In this way, a child never outgrows a material. Instead, he or she learns to use the material differently in order to master a new concept.

Ultimately, God is the author of personal growth and understanding. Reality cannot be properly experienced without a conscious reliance upon the gracious empowering of the Holy Spirit and the knowledge that we have been purchased by the blood of Christ. Therefore, all lessons and ideas must be governed by and in accordance with God’s word. The end of all knowledge is the glory of God and the good of the world.

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.

Psalm 106:1

Love

Lest you think this is about what you see, it is not. It is about touching the heart of a child with love.

BLOOM PreK is a uniquely designed community of little ones, specifically created knowing that young children have a great capacity to draw close to God. It is through the declaration of God’s Word, liturgy of celebration, praise, worship, and prayer that we witness children respectfully working together as they contemplate their unique relationship with God. With the knowledge that little hands are the instruments of the child’s heart and mind, we surround the child with developmentally appropriate materials and work that inherently lead to a peaceful experience.

Learning how to love through forgiveness, serving one another and speaking in kindness are all things that flow through the daily lessons in our classes.

We can experience the simplicity of a child’s love for God, and His love for them. As they lead us to Him through their pure and devoted responses to the declarative Word of God and prayer, we can see why Jesus said; “Forbid NOT the little children to come unto Me; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” May we be found faithful to lead them into His presence with His love.

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.

Psalm 106:1

Love

Lest you think this is about what you see, it is not. It is about touching the heart of a child with love.

BLOOM PreK is a uniquely designed community of little ones, specifically created knowing that young children have a great capacity to draw close to God. It is through the declaration of God’s Word, liturgy of celebration, praise, worship, and prayer that we witness children respectfully working together as they contemplate their unique relationship with God. With the knowledge that little hands are the instruments of the child’s heart and mind, we surround the child with developmentally appropriate materials and work that inherently lead to a peaceful experience.

Learning how to love through forgiveness, serving one another and speaking in kindness are all things that flow through the daily lessons in our classes.

We can experience the simplicity of a child’s love for God, and His love for them. As they lead us to Him through their pure and devoted responses to the declarative Word of God and prayer, we can see why Jesus said; “Forbid NOT the little children to come unto Me; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” May we be found faithful to lead them into His presence with His love.

Wonder

When our children use their imagination, they are using the gift that God gave them to wonder. In our class time together, we consider that when God created the animals, He gave them to Adam to name. Adam used his imagination to come up with the names for the animals. We, too, are given incredible imaginations to create amazing works! Our creations point us back to the Creator, as He is the source of all things creative. It makes our little ones happy when they use the gifts that God gave them. The gift of play gives the children a wonderful opportunity to put their imagination into high gear. Since children learn best through play at this age, we see the beautiful harmony of learning while playing in our Montessori and Classical hybrid program called BLOOM.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

Wonder

When our children use their imagination, they are using the gift that God gave them to wonder. In our class time together, we consider that when God created the animals, He gave them to Adam to name. Adam used his imagination to come up with the names for the animals. We, too, are given incredible imaginations to create amazing works! Our creations point us back to the Creator, as He is the source of all things creative. It makes our little ones happy when they use the gifts that God gave them. The gift of play gives the children a wonderful opportunity to put their imagination into high gear. Since children learn best through play at this age, we see the beautiful harmony of learning while playing in our Montessori and Classical hybrid program called BLOOM.

Meet Our Staff

Haley Hernandez

Haley Hernandez

BLOOM PreK Teacher
Mikaela Wilson

Mikaela Wilson

BLOOM PreK Assistant Teacher

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