Pre-Kindergarten Course Listings
The students in pre-kindergarten use different art media and materials in a variety of ways for creative expression. They progress in abilities to create drawings, paintings, models, and other art creations that are more detailed, creative, or realistic. The students will develop growing abilities to plan, work independently, and demonstrate care and persistence in a variety of art projects. They will also begin to understand and share opinions about artistic products and experiences as they demonstrate delight in beauty and respect for the creative work of others.
It is the primary goals of kindergarten Bible instruction to help each child recognize his/her value as a child of God. Through daily Bible teaching, each child learns to appreciate God as his/her creator and to know that He loves him/her.
Students will learn to count orally, learn to recognize numbers and begin to write numbers. They will understand and appropriately use number concept terms, such as same, equal, more, less, first and last.
Pre-kindergarten students engage in a variety of activities, including developing the singing voice and singing a variety of simple songs, and playing instruments to experience and classify different sounds and timbres. Students develop listening skills and enjoy movement activities. Children perform skills learned once a year for parents and grandparents.
- Language Arts
Pre-Kindergarten children should experience explosive growth in their spoken and receptive vocabulary. Such growth is a critical component for future reading achievement. Students will be read to daily, even multiple times daily. The classroom interaction of students extends spoken vocabulary. Students will be encouraged to develop more precise vocabulary and speech patterns to express information, needs, interests and concerns.
- Listening Comprehension
Students will develop increased ability to sustain attention to spoken word and will learn to listen for different purposes, as in receiving instructions, having a casual conversation, etc. They will demonstrate the ability to respond to increasingly more complex instructions and information.
Students will "discover" the scientific method as they explore the world with their natural curiosity. They will develop an understanding of the world in which they live first by their personal observation and then by describing, classifying, comparing, and predicting. The following topics are included: seasons, weather, plants, space, insects, five senses, magnets, taking care of the earth, animals, health and safety.
- Social Studies
Pre-Kindergarten students are usually fascinated with the nature of their cultural and environmental world. They will learn about their own community as well as other cultures. Because four and five year old children are beginning to understand the nature of time, they are able to relate to concepts of past, present, and future. They will learn to appreciate their heritage and be responsible for it in the future. The following topics are included: Native Americans, Community helpers, Thanksgiving, Children of the World, Presidents, Holidays, Martin Luther King.
Children in PreK begin Spanish by learning simple greetings, numbers 1-10, colors, animal names and sounds, foods, and body parts through games, songs, and fun hands-on activities. They also learn to follow simple directions in Spanish as well as the birth of Jesus and Noah’s ark.
Each child will recognize his/her value as a beloved child of God. Students will appreciate God as creator of the universe. Students will value the Bible as the inspired word of God. They will enjoy daily Bible study, primarily through Bible stories.