D6 Beginnings focuses on the care and development of children ages 0-3. Teams of coaches, teachers and classroom volunteers work hard each weekend to provide quality programming and care for our youngest Cornerstone kids.
Infants and Toddlers
The schedule for babies through toddlers is largely determined by the needs of the children in the room. Team members will provide an environment where children are completely safe and can become involved in and learn about what interests them according to their own developmental levels. Teachers will follow a child’s lead while incorporating their own creativity.
Twos and Threes
The two and three-year-olds follow a curriculum that has been developed specifically for their age group and developmental level. Memory verses, activities and songs will be incorporated to allow children to learn beginning Bible stories.
D6 Basics is for children in Pre-K (age 4) through 2nd grade. These young elementary students attend class during Cornerstone Church worship services. D6 Weekends provides an age appropriate learning environment where students are led in activities, worship, Bible stories and games by qualified teachers who desire to share the love of Christ with young children.
Children ages 3rd through 5th grade with special needs that make sitting through the church service difficult are welcome to attend the Wonderfully Made class. In this class, offered during the 9:00a service, trained volunteers teach and interact with children on a 1-on-1 basis. Parents who would like to take advantage of the Wonderfully Made class are asked to contact Sarah Day at the Cornerstone Office (515-232-5488).
D6 Beliefs is for 3rd through 5th graders and a parent. It meets for just half an hour between weekend services, as most of the learning actually takes place as a family at home. Over three years, participants learn key themes and verses from each book of the Old Testament and New Testament, as well as basic theology.
Each parent is encouraged to join a connection group as the primary way to grow and learn to incorporate God’s Word and ways into everyday life. In addition, the following specific and more concentrated courses for parents will be offered.
A few times each semester, D6 parents are invited to spend an extended time on Saturday mornings focused on parenting. Various speakers will touch on key topics having to do with raising a D6 family.
Each spring, D6 Family Ministry offers a 6-8 week course for expecting parents. Scott and Joy Andrews walk parents through how to successfully maneuver through those early years while laying a foundation for faith.
Each fall, D6 Family Ministry offers a 6-8 week class specifically designed for parents of preschoolers. Scott and Joy Andrews guide parents through everything from personality analysis to practical tips for discipline. The series is capped off by a Q&A night with a panel of parents who have “been there”.
During the school year, parents of teens gather each Wednesday at 6:30 under the leadership of Jarrod and Julie Bartholomew. This is a valuable time of study and interaction, as parents discuss how to be the influence God wants them to be during these exciting (and yes, fun!) years.
D6 classrooms rely on volunteers to teach and otherwise staff classrooms each week. Parents can serve in a classroom by filling one of two roles.
Lead or Assistant Teacher
Parents serving as a lead or assistant teacher serve on a regular basis, every week or every other week. Ample training is provided to enable volunteers to successfully fulfill their roles. To enquire about being a lead or assistant teacher, click here.
In addition to the trained and background checked regular volunteers, D6 also relies upon parents to help keep classroom adult:child ratios optimal during weekend services. We ask any parent whose child regularly attends a weekend class to serve as a parent helper in a D6 classroom twice each quarter. Parent helpers are not responsible for teaching lessons, disciplining children or monitoring restroom trips. They are simply another set of hands the teacher can rely upon to meet various needs within the classroom. To become a parent volunteer for a Basics class, please sign up here. To help in a Beginnings class, sign up here.