Kids Discover the Joy of Learning at TCA
Preschool at Timothy Christian Academy is all about giving children an enjoyable, smooth transition into their educational journey, teaching them fundamental academics alongside healthy social and spiritual behavior.
In order to provide the most academically enriching experience for each child, our preschool program is separated into two levels, geared toward:
1. Preschool — Children who will not be entering kindergarten the following year
2. Pre-K — Children who will be entering kindergarten the following year (Pre-K emphasis)
A preschool student at TCA will be engaged in development in the following areas:
Language and Literacy
Mathematics and Reasoning
Second Language Acquisition
Each of these areas of development are emphasized within our classroom activities, circle time, centers, intentional playtime and outdoor activities.
Preschool classrooms also enjoy quarterly field trips and special events.
Exploration Centers (hands-on activities)
Reading and writing readiness
Arts and crafts
Building centers (blocks, Legos, etc.)
Imagination Stations (dress-up, kitchen, house, etc.)
At the beginning of the day, each classroom comes together to talk about the daily topic, including the calendar, weather, Spanish terminology, and review of the month’s academic emphases. We take time to sing or make music, along with creating opportunities for early public speaking, through sharing and the “question of the day.”
Whether it’s active songs in the classroom or during chapel time or Spanish, music is a daily part of TCA’s preschool experience. The songs we sing, hear and play allow our students to remember sound repetitions and develop a sense of rhythm. It can also help them stay active and alert.
In addition to a daily Bible lesson, we integrate a spiritual component into the day’s curriculum and activities. This helps demonstrate to children that Christian values can be applied in everything we learn, including social interactions and play.
For easy communication during the day, each of our classrooms use Kaymbu.
Kaymbu is a web-based program that allows our teachers to send child-specific communication and pictures to our parents. Kaymbu gives parents a snapshot into their child’s daily activities and their overall school experience.
Student progress overviews are compiled through Kaymbu and are sent home 2-3 times during the school year.
Your preschool student will be building a learning portfolio throughout the year, including work samples for various areas of learning and activity.
TCA’s teachers are fully equipped and trained to teach and manage a preschool classroom. We hire experienced teachers that are committed to Christian education and toward nurturing children into a positive, enriching educational experience.
All classrooms have two teachers per class.
“Peace” Preschool Classroom
Co-Teacher: Michele Vadala
Co-Teacher: Renee Elliott
“I love kids this age because they are like sponges—they soak up everything! Their smiles are contagious and they’re so happy to come to school to learn through hands-on activities. I consider it my mission to make sure their experiences are enriching and diverse.”
“Love” Preschool Classroom
Co-Teacher: Lisa Ford
Co-Teacher: Danielle Thomas
“I love watching kids learn. Preschool children develop a context and a foundation for what they learn, and I want to help them build upon that foundation. I also like to embrace spontaneity within our daily routine, with silly events like dragon-and-princess day, necktie and tutu day, and much singing and dancing.”
“Kindness” Pre-K Classroom
Co-Teacher: Erica Johnson
Co-Teacher: Christina Grouser
“Pre-K is a stepping stone, and introduction to the rest of a child’s educational career. I want to make it creative, fun, playful, loving and imaginative while fostering skills such as social development and academic readiness. I also want to introduce a vibrant experience of the Biblical world in our daily lives.”
“Faithfulness” Pre-K Classroom
Co-Teacher: Megan Huntley
Co-Teacher: Allison Desmarais
“Children at this age are so excited and eager to learn that it is exciting to teach them each day! My goal is to help the children to build a solid foundation in which they can learn and grown mentally and spiritually, while also creating a fun and loving environment for them to blossom.”