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:
Science and Technology
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.
In alignment with The Creative Curriculum, our teachers use an online program to input and track student progress based on authentic assessments done during the academic school day. Those assessment benchmarks are used to create “Student Progress Overviews” that are shared with the parents 2-3 times during the school year.
In the fall, our teachers host parent-teacher conferences to discuss each students progress from the beginning of the school year. Each class has its own easily accessible website where parents can view current class activities, learning themes, upcoming events, and pictures taken during class activities.
Your preschool student will be building a portfolio throughout the year, including work samples and art projects that will allow you to see the progression of their work over the course of the school year.