The main focus of the Pre-K Program is the development of your child’s socialization, as well as preparing your child for the many demands of Kindergarten. These skills include listening and following directions from his/her teacher, listening to his/her classmates, sharing, playing independently and with others, waiting for a turn, asking for help when needed, problem solving, and learning how to handle conflicts appropriately.
The Pre-K curriculum is more intense than that of the Three-Year old program. The four year and five year old students are more mature. For this reason, circle time is longer and more challenging, project tasks are more complex, and homework may or may not be sent home weekly. The activities are presented to the students through the Scott Foresman Curriculum for Language Arts and Math. The rest of the activities are carefully designed to be age appropriate and are also centered around themes throughout the school year. Every child will experience success and develop at his or her own rate.
|CHRISTIAN VALUES||Christian Values|
The students learn that God is our Father (Isaiah 40:28-29), Jesus is God’s Son (John 3:16), Jesus is the Savior of the World (John 14:6), and God sent a Helper – the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). Students learn the Bible is the True Word of God (Psalm 119:160), and to tell others about the Good News (Acts 22:15). The students are also taught that God has something special for each and every one of them.
The students are read stories from both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and learn many Christian worship songs. The stories told from the Bible teach the students about faith, hope, and most importantly about God’s love. The stories in the Bible are used to build good character in the students. The gospel of Jesus Christ is told to encourage salvation. Worship gongs, the National Anthem, God Bless America, pledges to the American Flag, the Christian Flag, and the Bible, God’s Word, are all sung and recited daily. The student’s also learn the Lord’s Prayer and how to pray openly to Jesus.
|LANGUAGE ARTS (SCOTT FORESMAN)||Language Arts (Scott Foresman)|
Language Arts is comprised of the Scott Foresman Curriculum. The five essential components of reading which are: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension are emphasized within the instructional design of the lessons. Students are provided activities and strategies that regularly reinforce these essential components. The Pre-K curriculum has 6 units. Each unit has a monthly theme and is divided into four weeks. Each week has an Overview, a 5-day planner, Small Group activities and Center Activities. The curriculum is designed to help your child’s thought process development so that he/she will be ready to read when he/she enters Kindergarten. Home activities may or may not be sent home weekly, based on the parent/guardian request.
Math is comprised of the Scott Foresman curriculum. The five essential components of math:
1.) Number and Operations (understanding numbers, ways of representing numbers, count with understanding and recognize “how many” in sets of objects.)
2.) Algebra (understand patterns, relations, and functions, sort, classify, and order objects by size, number, and other properties.
3.) Geometry (analyze characteristics and properties of two and three dimensional geometric shapes, recognize name, build, draw, compare, and sort two and three dimensional shapes.)
4.) Measurement (understand measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, and processes of measurement, recognize the attributes of length, volume, weight, area, and time.)
5.) Data Analysis and Probability (sort and classify objects according to their attributes and organize data about the objects. Home activities may or may not be sent home weekly, based on the parent/guardian request.
Science is the concept development in the physical and natural environment. The students will learn about God’s wonderful world through experimentation that includes animals, plants, seeds, water, weather, cooking, and space. These all provide natural springboards for learning in and out of the classroom.
|SOCIAL STUDIES||Social Studies|
The students learn about the world around us from our own community to other places outside the community through subjects such as transportation, holidays, seasons, different cultures, famous people, important careers that benefit our society, and important jobs in our community (Community Helpers). The students learn to recognize their interdependence with all creation and respect relationships among others, regardless of differences.
The students foster creativity, large and fine gross motor skills through art activities such as finger painting, coloring, cut and paste, sponge painting, beading, lacing, free hand drawing, easel painting, water colors, chalk drawing, sand painting, tissue paper art, and so on. These are only a few examples. The one thing we always keep in mind, and would like for you to do the same is to remember that it’s the process not the product that is most important!
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION||Physical Education|
The students are involved in physical exercise every morning in a variety of forms such as jump rope, music and movement, baseball, catch, balance beams, hopscotch, exploration, bean bag throwing games, parachute, obstacle coarse, social games such as Duck, Duck, Goose, The Farmer and the Dell, and many more games. The purpose for these organized activities is to help the students with development of their large motor skills, and social skills. The students also learn how to follow directions when given instruction by their teachers, and they learn patience while waiting for their turn at whatever game they are playing.
|CHAPEL PROGRAM||Chapel Program|
Every Tuesday morning at 9:30 all the students attend a chapel service involving the teachers, pastor, and occasionally the lower grades from Trinity Christian School up to 1 st grade. Please be sure your child arrives to school on time so he/she won’t miss this program designed to encourage Christian character growth.
|CHRISTMAS PROGRAM||Christmas Program|
Before Christmas each year the Preschool participates in a special small production celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The program is usually held on a Friday, about the third week of December due to the overall schedule of the church and school. All Parents/Guardians, family, and friends are always invited to attend this special program.