Kids Discover the Joy of Christ-Centered Learning at TCA
And it all starts at the beginning of the educational experience
Preschool at Timothy Christian Academy is all about giving children an enjoyable, smooth transition into their educational journey. This happens by 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:
Children who will not be entering kindergarten the following year
Children who will be entering kindergarten the following year (Pre-K emphasis)
Our preschool and prek-k classrooms use The Creative Curriculum: a well-rounded program that promotes social, physical, and cognitive development. TCA also includes spiritual development as well, woven within each area of learning. It is our hope that each child develops a true love for learning and, most importantly, a deeper understanding and love of Christ.
The preschool and pre-k students at TCA will be engaged in development in the following areas:
- Science and Technology
- Social Studies
- The Arts
Each of these areas of development are emphasized within our classroom activities, circle time, centers, intentional playtime, and outdoor activities.
Preschool and pre-k classrooms also enjoy quarterly field trips and special events.
Each of our classrooms’ centers, circle time, and special activities follow the current academic theme while encouraging different types of learning and development.
- Exploration Centers (hands-on activities)
- Math-Based Learning
- Reading and Writing Readiness
- Arts and Crafts
- Building Centers (blocks, Legos, etc.)
- Imagination Stations (dress-up, kitchen, house, etc.)
- Classroom Library
At the beginning of the day, each classroom comes together to talk about the daily topic, including the calendar, weather, Spanish vocabulary, and review of the month’s academic emphases. We take time to sing or make music and create opportunities for early public speaking through sharing and the “question of the day.”
Whether it’s songs in the classroom or during chapel time or Spanish lessons, 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 also helps them stay active and alert.
In addition to a daily Bible lesson, we integrate a spiritual component into each of 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 addition to The Creative Curriculum, our preschool classrooms provide library time, music class, Spanish class, physical education (PE), and chapel time.
Social Emotional Learning
Helping students encounter Christ’s love daily is at the heart of everything we do at TCA and it is an incredible privilege to weave our Christian faith into all that we do and teach! Therefore, understanding biblical friendship is a pivotal aspect of social and emotional learning at TCA.
Friendzy, a biblically-based social emotional learning program has helped us to talk about biblical friendship with students at TCA as we work with them to meet their spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and social needs. The program teaches friendship skills and emotional intelligence through the lens of Scripture, with a focus on cultivating a safe and Christ-centered school community. Friendzy provides opportunities for students to develop and grow in their understanding of Christ-like living and healthy relationship skills, self-confidence, responsible decision-making skills, practicing empathy, communication skills, and conflict resolution. Monthly, students learn new friendship-focused catchphrases anchored by scripture. They also spend time with their teachers unpacking the catchphrase and key verses through lessons, conversations, reflective activities, and prayer.
We understand how important it is to be approachable and accessible for parents. That’s why it’s a priority at TCA to stay in good communication in order to truly establish a partnership for your child’s early education experience.
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 parents 2-3 times during the school year.
In the fall, our teachers host parent-teacher conferences to discuss with parents their child’s progress from the beginning of the school year. Your preschool or pre-k 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.
Finally, 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.
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