Students in K5 are taught a solid phonics-based program and are able to read once they leave kindergarten. We stress not only phonics but also reading comprehension and fluency. The kindergarten classroom is a literature-rich environment where children have access to literature all day long.
Through journaling, students have opportunities to write creatively and develop their written communication skills. Guidance in writing is clearly given so letter formation can be properly achieved, and phonics concepts are reinforced while students practice their writing.
Number time in K5 emphasizes basics in counting, number recognition, and number concepts through 100. Children learn basic math facts, money value, telling time, number words, and number sequence. Emphasis is also placed on number writing and the development of algebraic thinking.
Bible truth is foundational to our K5 program. Daily lessons focus on the major Bible characters and stories throughout both the Old and New Testaments. In our teaching, we use these lessons and life-related stories to teach and develop principles by which students should live. Weekly Scripture memory not only instills Biblical truths into young hearts but also trains young minds to memorize early.
Science and Social Studies
Students learn about themselves and the world around them in an exciting science class. Topics include seeds, animals, the seashore, health, weather and the seasons. Hands-on experiments and field trips about these subjects heighten student understanding and help children develop a lifelong love of learning.
In Social Studies, we learn about community helpers and simple safety rules. We also explore the beginnings of American history and children of 10 different countries including numerous basic geographical concepts.
Other structured activities in our program include:
- Music Instruction
- Art Instruction
- Teacher-directed activities for the continued development of gross motor skills
- Indoor and outdoor recess
In addition to participating in two Academy programs throughout the school year, the K5 presents their own program in May: the K5 Graduatlon. This is a culmination of our school year as the students demonstrate the skills they've learned throughout the year. The kindergartners produce a childhood literature-based play with drama and singing followed by a presentation where various academic areas are showcased by the students. The memorable Cap and Gown Ceremony concludes the graduation as the K5 students receive their diplomas.