At PCA, we recognize and celebrate the ever-changing world of a preschool age child. Academics, Bible, Fine Arts and Personal/Social Skills are all taught through an environment that includes a personalized approach with real life experiences to encourage collaboration and exploration.
Curricular Enrichment's That Are Offered
- Offsite excursions to support learning
- Fine Arts
- Weekly Chapel
- PE (learning the fundamentals of sports)
- Spanish Enrichment
- Math & Science PHD*
*PHD (Preschool High Development) is designated time spend together with students of similar developmental levels. The students are taught in both a group setting as well as individually, allowing them to discover and learn at their own stage of development.
Our Staff and Classrooms
Each of our lead staff has been selected based on their commitment to early childhood education and their outstanding ability to work with young children. Our preschool teachers all have degrees and, combined, have an average of 20 years of experience.
The Outdoor Classroom
Supported by the teaching staff, students have the opportunity to use their senses to experience what is being taught in the classroom outside in the world God has created.
Get Set for School helps young learners gain the skills and experiences they need for lifelong learning success. This hands-on curriculum focuses on three core learning areas – readiness and writing, language and literacy, and numbers and math. PCA preschoolers enjoy singing, dancing, coloring, building, and exploring on a joyous journey to learning.
Our Bible curriculum has been developed specifically for our school and emphasizes Bible memory verses, character development and Bible stories that support the monthly theme. We gather daily for praise and worship and weekly for chapel.
Our science curriculum has also been uniquely developed for our program and has monthly themes that are taught both inside and outside the classroom. Our weekly off-site excursions (what we call “The Outdoor Classroom”) are designed to enhance what the students are learning in science, allowing each student to have a truly hands-on experience.
PE/Music & Movement/Gross Motor Development
Gross motor skills involve movement of the large muscles in arms, legs, and torso. Gross motor activities include walking, running, skipping, jumping, throwing, climbing and many others. It may be easiest to think of “gross motor” skills as the skills most utilized in a gym class or on a playground.
Our students spend time in both free play at recess as well as organized games and activities in PE. Preschoolers need lots of space to wiggle and grow. We believe that if we let them wiggle in preschool, they will sit better in elementary.
Each week our students spend time learning fun words and phrases in Spanish. Our Spanish curriculum uses music, dance, and games to introduce the language through repetition and developmentally appropriate activities.
Preschool High Development (PHD)
PCA has developed a unique program called PHD. Every day, our kindergarten bound students spend time in a small group setting with one of our instructors focusing on math, science, writing, phonics or fine arts. Meeting in small groups allows us to know each child’s level of development and gives us the ability to adjust our instruction to each individual. Not every four year old is at the same place academically or developmentally. Giving them the opportunity to advance at their own pace, we see them learn both faster and more successfully.
Early Education 2020/21 Daily Schedule
6:00 -8:00 am Class Activities / Breakfast
8:00-8:25 am Pledge, Calendar, Weather, Helpers
8:25-8:45 am Bible, Prayer, Worship
8:45-9:00 am Child Directed Learning
9:00-9:30 am Small Group / Teacher Directed Activities
(Varies each day)
9:30-10:00 am Recess
10:00-10:30 am Snack / Clean Up
10:30-11:00 am Small Group /Teacher Directed Activities
(Varies each day)
11:00-11:30 am Child Directed Learning
11:30-12:00 pm Clean Up / Lunch
12:15-12:30 pm Story Time
12:30-2:30 pm Nap
2:45-3:00 pm Clean Up
3:30-4:00 pm Snack / Child Directed Learning
4:00-4:30 pm Recess
4:30-5:00 pm Planned Activity
5:00-5:15 pm Story Time
5:15-5:30 pm Snack
5:30-6:00 pm Independent Play / End of Day
Early Education In Action
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