We love Preschool at SCA!
Our Preschool Teacher, Mrs. Mary Ryan, loves preschoolers! She not only teaches the children academics but encourages kindness and respect toward everyone. The children feel successful and flourish as Mrs. Ryan helps them learn new concepts. Mrs. Ryan has been teaching for over 20 years and has been at Sisters Christian Academy since 2009. Her students move on from preschool well-prepared for kindergarten!
The daily schedule includes all aspects of the E. D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge Curriculum. Children have time to explore and play both inside and outside, develop work habits and skills needed for kindergarten, and increase their cognitive development through hands-on activities.
Field trips to the pumpkin patch, fire station, dentist, fish hatchery, and more!
Students are given the foundational building blocks for reading. They learn to identify and name the alphabet letters and learn the sounds. When ready, they will learn to combine letter sounds to read and write simple words. They also listen to many stories, learning to retell the events of the story and to identify characters.
Handwriting Without Tears curriculum is used to teach children proper letter and number formation. Handwriting is taught in a developmentally appropriate manner beginning with manipulatives and progressing to the use of a pencil using the proper grip.
Students are introduced to numbers and operations, shapes, classifying, patterns, measurement and graphs. The program uses pattern blocks, teddy bear counters, graphing, linking cubes and more to introduce math concepts.
Science: The students explore God’s creation through a variety of experiments and observations. Some of the topics covered are Creation, senses, sunlight and heat, seasons, weather, earth, moon, stars, seeds, plants, animals, habitats and their bodies.
Students learn about safety, holidays, friends and family, and the world around them.
Students learn how to make Godly choices and to treat others as they would like to be treated. They hear Bible stories and memorize weekly Bible verses, using arts and craft activities and object lessons to reinforce the lessons.
Students develop both fine and gross motor skills. Activities include throwing, kicking, and running, as well as skills to assist in developing balance.
Students develop a basic understanding of rhythm and sounds by singing and playing instruments.
Using various media and techniques provides rich opportunities for sensory exploration and the development of fine motor skills. Through painting, drawing, cutting, and sculpting, children learn the basic elements of art.