3 and 4-Year Olds (PK3 & PK4)
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Preschool Faculty & Staff
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
Aug. 22 First day of school
A Foundation that will Last a Lifetime!
Today, in the wake of alarming trends in public schools, parents are becoming increasingly concerned about their children’s education. Many years ago we decided to address this situation and began the Wilmington Christian Academy Preschool. Since then, hundreds of children have completed our excellent academic program.
The reason? Parents realize that Wilmington Christian Academy offers a distinct educational alternative by providing a strong foundation for their children’s education in a setting that is conducive to spiritual growth.
You, too, can get your child off to a good start! If you would like further information, please call the office weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 791-4248 ext. 122.
We appreciate your interest in Christian education!
Cathy Dotson, Ed.D.
Our program offers a unique, customized curriculum for each age level, as well as an art lab, music studio, a gym, and library. Our hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities target all aspects of early childhood development, while emphasizing the love of Jesus Christ. The exposure children receive to Bible, phonics, numbers, art, computers, music and movement, books and reading, physical education, science, and Spanish, provides a wealth of experiences for the children on which to build a solid educational foundation. Our goal is to provide the highest quality program where loving kindness, gentleness, consistency, safety, and security are of utmost importance.
Our commitment to high standards is also reflected in the people who work at WCA. Our teachers are experienced, certified Early Childhood or Elementary Educators who receive ongoing training. We nurture the lasting bonds that develop between our faculty and families. Everyone that is employed by WCA has been fingerprinted and background checked.
Our teachers include a daily Bible lesson, including songs, Bible stories, and scripture verses. Teachers also use this time to present life application lessons that connect to children's lives in a meaningful, age-appropriate way. In all of our curriculum, we pray that God will be perceived as our creator and in control of our lives and universe.
Children learn through play! WCA has two outdoor playgrounds that are used daily. During adverse weather conditions, the children play in the gymnasium with lots of balls and scooters. The teachers monitor all aspects of playgorund safety, and the equipment is continuously monitored to make certain that it is safe and properly maintained.
Lunch & Snacks
The kitchen facilities at WCA operate with a commercial license, so the NC Department of Environmental Health inspects our kitchen every three months. Our nutricious menus for snacktime and lunch are planned using the USDA requirements for child care. Menu selections are based on a well-balanced choice of meat/proteins, vegetables, fruits, starch side dishes, whole grain breads, enriched or fortified cereals, and 100% fruit juices.
Morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack are provided for all the PK3 children. Only morning and afternoon snacks are provided for PK4 children. PK4 children have the option to bring a lunch or purchase a lunch.
Enrollment Age Requirements
The birthdate deadlines for our school year are as follows:
Discipline & Behavior Management
Praise and positive reinforcement are effective methods of the behavior management of children. When children receive positive, non-violent, and understanding interactions from adults and others, they develop good self-concepts, problem solving abilities, and self-discipline. WCA also uses time-out when a child does not respond to positive reinforcements. Numerous positive reinforcements are in place within each classroom.
Classroom computers and interactive white boards provide daily opportunities for technological fun.
We are taking the focus away from the technology itself and placing it directly on the learning and teaching it facilitates. In their daily lessons, teachers can incorporate "field trips" to anywhere in the world. Students enjoy singing, reading, and interacting with online resources.
3-Year-Old Program (PK3)
The philosophy of our scripture-based curriculum is that young children learn best by doing. With the understanding that play is their "work", a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activities help to prepare the children for future academic growth and development. Weekly themes are centered around letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. The students are introduced to phonics by learning all the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. Children learn to identify these letters in their daily environment. Art, music, Spanish, and literature are integrated throughout their day. The children love to use the interactive white boards to enrich their academic time.
Cost: $100 Registration (This reserves the child's spot.)
4-Year-Old Kindergarten Program (PK4)
The 4-year-old preschool program will introduce students to the basics of a kindergarten readiness program. Half-day and full-day programs are available.
Cost: $100 Registration
Phonics - As the year progresses, the children learn 44 basic sounds of the English language and apply their phonics skills to reading. Guided activities teach these young learners initial letter sounds and alphabet recognition. Phonemic awareness happens through practice, drill, and reinforcement. Children learn to read using a phonics based program.
Printing - These little ones will learn correct pencil holding position and paper placement. They will also learn to print upper case and lower case letters a-z and numerals 0-20. Activities teach many pre-writing skills, left to right, vertical, horizontal, diagonal, and curved line tracking.
Mathematics - Through various activities these “little ones” learn numbers, shape recognition and pattern sequencing. Measurement vocabulary is used to teach calendars, clocks, and coins.
Bible - Four-year-olds discover how to think, grow, know, and live "God’s way." Through Bible lessons, character stories, Bible verses, and memory work, the children learn Bible truths and how to apply those truths to their young lives.
Electives - Art, music, Spanish, and library are offered on a weekly basis.
Extras - Traditional literature, realistic and fanciful prose, and poetry help develop good listening skills as well as vocabulary development and enrichment. Craft activities, songs, musical games, and stories are used to teach many of the heritage studies and science themes. Children learn concepts of God’s plan for the child and his family. Holidays, community helpers and patriotism are used to develop many exciting activities. Young learners study seasonal earth, plant, and animal changes. They enjoy activities which relate to seasons, family and the farm. Academic time is enriched through the use of interactive white boards.
Tip Tap Toe Class
SPECIAL DAYS & EVENTS
Preschoolers attend a weekly chapel program on Tuesday mornings. They love Pastor Monty!