(4 year old)
Pre-K activities are designed to create a stimulating, well-rounded, learning environment. Children are greeted by name as they enter the classroom. Students will express themselves creatively through art, music, drama, modeling, building, and much more.
Christian Education: As Christian teachers, the goal is to effectively communicate God’s love for each child. Each week, we read Bible stories to the children. The Bible curriculum, entitled Scripture Bites, is designed with preschoolers in mind. We are always looking for opportunities to tell the children about God’s beautiful world and all the wonderful things He has given us. We strive to show each child how special they are! God loves them and so do we! Once a week, they attend chapel in the Worship Center. Chapel lessons consist of object lessons, songs, puppets, skits, and multi-media presentations.
Language Arts: Children will be on the way to reading success with both the Pre-K Sing, Spell, Read and Write and Saxon Early Learning curriculums. Multi-sensory learning activities, sing-along songs, read-aloud stories, language games and play activities create effective teaching strategies for pre-kindergartners.
Science: One month is designated as Science and Weather month! Students do simple science experiments in the classroom throughout the month. Each class has a Science Fair display that parents are invited to visit. During the year, weather, plants, and insects are studied. Nature lessons are always fun.
Mathematics: Saxon’s Pre-K Mathematics will prepare children for kindergarten by developing skills that will be needed in the more formal setting. Children will be introduced to mathematical terms and will gain an understanding of how math is fundamental in their lives. Some of the concepts that will be introduced are: counting, shapes, patterns, calendar, seasons, money, and personal data.
Motor Skills: Fine motor skills are reinforced through working with Play-Doh, cutting, coloring, painting, gluing, and working with puzzles. Large motor skills are developed by physical education activities. We have a PE teacher on staff with a PE time scheduled every day. We enjoy PE class in the gym or outside on the playground according to the weather.
Art: Art is scheduled once a week with the Art teacher. The curriculum, “Arts Attack” (Arts in Action), teaches the elements and principles of art and drawing in a developmental and sequential way. Each child has the opportunity to be “Artist of the Week”. There is also a school-wide art show in the Spring.
Music: There is a twenty-minute music class each week with the music teacher. The program is designed to help the child experience the joy of music through participation and to motivate a creative and imaginative response to music through singing, rhythms, and listening experiences. The Christmas and Easter programs are favorite events. Music is also a part of various classroom activities throughout the week.
Social Skills: Cooperation, sharing, following rules, communicating thoughts and feelings, helping others and self-control — each area provides opportunities for learning God’s way!
Progress Reports are sent home two times a year. Parent-teacher conferences will be on an as-needed basis. Children will be evaluated in January and May.
Individual photos are taken in the fall. Class pictures are taken in the spring.
Graduation is in May. This is a special time for the teachers, the students, and their families. A year spent nurturing children is a precious year to us. Graduation is a time to say to each child, “You are special!”