Fort Johnson Christian School has served the James and Johns Island communities for more than twenty years. The school creates a strong STEM focused environment for young children. We’re on James Island for our Cool School of the week.
Young four-year-olds are learning about magnets in the science lab at Fort Johnson Christian School . It’s all a part of the school’s STEM education program. FJCS is a ministry of Fort Johnson Baptist Church. Director Lindsey Henderson says, “We are a STEM focused with a strong Christian foundation. We have pretty small class sizes, that’s something we pride ourselves on. We try to pull STEM, Science,Technology, Engineering, Math into every single thing we do. Every single center that we have. We try to get outside as much as possible. The pride of the school is our science lab, and that is something that all the children get once a week.”
The pre-school has a special partnership with The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry to offer a fun and interactive STEM focused class. Meghan Fisher with The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry says,”We come in and provide support for teachers. If we can get excited about Science, and Technology, Engineering and Math, I think we’re headed in the right direction.” Fisher comes in once a month. She says, “Today we’re talking about magnetic attraction. We talked about things that attract and repel, and we used all those words, making hypothesis, making predictions about what will attract,and what will repel. We have cool magnetic ice bottles, we have magnetic and non magnetic items that they’re looking for and using their observations skills to find what is hidden in the bottle.” They do a variety of experiments. Five-year-old Mila Sharp says, “We got diapers and we put some water in there and it made it grow, and it made it heavy. The reason I like Science is because I get to do some Science things.”
In addition to STEM,FJCS offers Spanish. Five-year-old Will Griffin says, “My teachers are so cool.” Teacher Patti Murray says, “It’s amazing! They’re like little sponges. Their brain just absorbs everything. They repeat the words to you. They’re learning the words. They enjoy doing it. To them, it’s just a game. They don’t realize they are learning.”
Fort Johnson also has Wiggle Worms which is a combination of yoga and physical education. Student also attend Chapel. Parent Erin Miller says, “My favorite thing about Fort Johnson is definitely the combination of education in preparation for public school, and then also the Christian education. There’s so much love here.”
Henderson says, “Its all play based. The children don’t know they’re learning, and don’t know how much they’re taking in until they get to elementary school, and we’re just getting great reports from our elementary schools of children who have come from Fort Johnson Christian School.”
Coming up Friday on News 2, we’ll present Fort Johnson Christian School with our Cool School award.
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