Preschool & VPK
Parkridge Christian Academy's preschool program is set apart from other private, public, and secular schools because we equip our students with a biblical worldview through developmental appropriate practices.
What Is A Biblical Worldview?
A biblical worldview is based on the infallible Word of God. At Parkridge we believe the Bible is entirely true, and thus we integrate it into every aspect of our school.
What Are Developmentally Appropriate Practices?
The following are components of developmentally practices at Parkridge.
Facilitation of cognitive, social, and emotional development
Ex: Learning to take turns, learning to respect others, and feeling good about one's accomplishments
Allow children to develop at their own pace and to pursue their own interests
Allow children to control their own learning by relying on discovery and exploration rather than on drill and practice or other teacher-controlled activities
Provide activities matched to the individual child's current level of functioning, with the aim being for the child to participate in activities that require skills just slightly in advance of those already in the child's repertoire
Realistic academic orientation - we introduce some basic academic skills, but we do not attempt to push children
Preschool Expected Student Outcomes
The main goal at Parkridge Christian Academic is to see life change. Our desire is to spiritually, socially/emotionally, physically, and cognitively prepare our students and their families for the following years of formal education.
Know that God loves them and that Jesus is God’s Son understand the God wants to have a relationship with each person through Jesus
Understand that God talks to us through the Bible understand the Bible is God’s Word understand the Bible is truth and every story we read is about real people God used them understand the importance of memorizing Scripture
Learn how to communicate to God through prayer understand that prayer is talking to God know that prayer is used to express their thoughts and needs to God know they can request His help to take care for them know they can ask for His helping being kind and thoughtful to others
Share with others about God, Jesus, and the Bible talk about spiritual things as it relates to their life
Have the desire to attend church perceive the church environment as welcoming and safe place Cultivate interest in learning about Christ experience corporate worship
Know that God created the world have enjoyed direct experience with the nature know that God wants each person to care for the world
Value family relationships and understand the importance of obeying parents and teachers enjoy and initiate friendships with other peers develop friendships with those who may not be the same gender, race, or age, or have the same abilities
Begin to learn the art of sharing share their own ides with friends and family share toys or other items with friends and family
Begin showing empathy and kindness express empathy to family and friends
Use language to express self, developing positive conflict resolution express both positive and negative emotions observe teachers who model and scaffold to this end
Develop self-confidence in self-initiated activities gain competence through age-appropriate activities have opportunities to share their new skills with others master new skills through encouragement and direction from the teacher
Begin to exhibit self-control begin to understand and control their emotions begin to act appropriately, whether or not they are directly interacting with an adult
Be comfortable participating in group discussions enjoy and participate in child-to-child and child –to-adult interactions communicate effectively using their words be able to attend to other’s comments
Acquire and refine the fundamental movements of balance, movement explore these fundamental movements through time, activities, and equipment that is made available to them enjoy rhythm and movement explore these fundamental movements through time, activities, and equipment that is made available to them actively pursue gross motor activity
Acquire and develop fine motor skills become acquainted with and have time to use the appropriate equipment and materials that aid in this development
Recognize that their body is create by God, and they will take special responsibility to care for it be introduced to health and nutrition make good food and activity choices
Be able to engage with others in learning activities, including the ability to explore, create, experiment, observe, plan, analyze, reason, investigate, and question.
Initiate investigation as a result of carefully observing their surroundings enjoy creative expression be encouraged to express creativity within their own multiple intelligences and are provided the materials for this expression be free to work with mediums that uniquely express the creative element for process art use imagination in dramatic center area find creative solutions to programs that arise during center play
Understand math vocabulary, concepts, and directed activities have appropriate counting, sorting and comparing skills work well with manipulatives to achieve an appropriate transition into elementary schooling
- Language and Literacy:
Understand the importance and use of language in the environment be able to participate in receptive language activities using literature as the foundational tool have a desire to look at book with text and illustrations engage in expressive language experiences that foster growth in language proficiency
Have cultivate prewriting skills in the context of emergent literacy be able to write the alphabet letters and their own name spontaneously choose to use writing implements understand that print carries meanings
Be aware of different letter sounds possibly begin to hear rhyming sounds in prominent words become phonemically aware through classroom activities designed for the purpose
Understand the importance of being the primary educator of their child and of participating in the educational process partner with the school in providing an enriched educational experience for their child
Understand the significance of education though elementary and secondary school years
Parkridge Christian Academy provides a developmentally appropriate program with low student/teacher ratios and staff with credentials in early education.
Students are grouped by age.
12 months – 24 months in the Toddler classrooms
Two year old students in the Two’s classrooms
Three year old students in the Three’s classrooms
Each classroom provides an enriching and stimulating environment.
Staff create daily routines and meaningful experiences that respond to children’s strengths, interests, and needs.
Classrooms provide an open area for students to explore freely under the supervision of the staff
The biblical, secular, and academic curriculum programs implemented at PCA provides a range of age-appropriate activities:
Christian Concepts, Language Development, Discovery, Creative Expression, Sensorimotor/Movement, and Fine and Large Motor Skills.
Parkridge Christian Academy has been a provider for the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Education (VPK) Program since 2005.
We prepare every four-year-old for Kindergarten as our test scores reflect
This is a free pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program offered to any four-year-old by September 1st.
540-instructional-hour school-year program
300-instructional-hour summer program
In our VPK classrooms, you will see children and teachers engaged in activities together.
As the students play, they learn in a inviting and organized environment where the students can use their imagination
Education materials are accessible throughout the day in Art, Dramatic, Science, Language, and Manipulative Centers.
See our latest VPK Assessment score here.