Westminster Christian Academy Preschool exists, in partnership with parents and the local church to provide a loving, nurturing, and Christ-centered environment while focusing on the “whole child” in areas of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual development. We create an environment of discovery and learning through a variety of activities that are developmentally appropriate and recognize the individual talents, interests, and needs of each child. Our teachers, rooted in a personal relationship with Jesus, seek to lay a foundation that encourages each child to become a disciple of Christ and have a lifelong love of learning.
Westminster Christian Academy offers a variety of classes for students in our Preschool. Our school is designed to offer area parents a true pre-school environment for children ages two to four years old where students acquire the basic skills needed for their later schooling, in a safe and nurturing Christian environment.
Our program is designed as a kindergarten readiness program, focusing on number awareness and recognition, letter recognition and phonemic awareness, and the behavior skills and self-control needed for elementary schooling. Class sizes vary from 7-11 students per classroom, depending upon age level.
Our 18 month curriculum involves exposing these young students to all areas of early education. We have a daily “circle time” in which we regularly review :
- Letters (names and sounds)
- Numbers (counting, recognition, one to one ratio counting and in English, Spanish and Japanese)
- Colors (11 basic colors introduced by games)
- Shapes (9 basic shapes introduced by games)
We introduce the students to routines and schedules to provide them with security and predictability. Our daily schedule includes large motor skill time in the gym and playground, circle time, centers, music, books, snacks, lunch, and the most important … Bible time in which children are introduced to the Bible as God's word. They learn of creation, Christ's Birth, death and resurrection and many other truths. We love to partner with the parents in teaching their children about the world around them and the God Who created it. All of this wrapped in love for the individual child as we help them discover that they are precious in His sight.
Pre-K 2 uses monthly themes to introduce and enhance concepts and skills in Bible, Language, Literature, Math and Science. Learning is accomplished through teacher directed activities, center based activities, and free play to ensure each child’s learning style is met. Teacher directed circle time discusses the weather, calendar, Bible verse, counting, alphabet, phonics, story time and songs. Center based learning gives teachers the opportunity to work one on one with each child and meet them at their skill level. Self-help skills such as independent eating, hand washing, cleaning and potty-training are achieved in the classroom. Finally, activities and our daily routine will introduce and encourage social skills such as taking turns, obeying rules, and expressing emotions properly.
The 3 year old program is center based. We build centers around monthly themes and subjects such as science, math, dramatic play, literacy, writing and block play. Our day is divided with periods of small group instruction such as teaching table, large group activities such as circle time and music and movement, as well as times of independent play in the various centers and free choice activities. As a christian school, we incorporate the teaching of christian principles through daily Bible stories, a monthly memory verse, and crafts. Our students are encouraged to work toward becoming independent, developing healthy physical and social skills and to be challenged academically and spiritually.
The Pre-K Four Program helps to prepare students for Kindergarten. The students are introduced to learning concepts such as raising their hands to talk, "give me 5", using words not actions when they disagree and helping to lengthen their attention span. We work to develop all parts of the student: mental , physical, social, emotional and spiritual. Developing good oral language skills, math concepts and phonics are important skills that are taught. Many students are reading by the end of the year. Child directed centers help the student to practice new skills and to model positive behavior. Centers include Art, Reading, Writing, Math and Science, Construction and Dramatic Play. A large part of learning at this age is done "playing" in these centers.
We have a strong Biblical content. The major stories of both Old and New Testaments are discussed. God's love for them is the overriding theme. Verses from the Bible are learned weekly.
Field trips are another important part of the Pre-K Four Program. We will go on 3-4 trips during the year.