Early Childcare Department
Vision Statement: Guardian Christian Academy partners with parents to provide their children with a distinctly biblical and academically excellent education, in body, mind, and soul that will equip students to be godly leaders and to successfully engage the culture for Christ.
The preschool program for two-year olds and three-year-olds builds a foundation of skills needed for kindergarten. The K4 program continues the foundation and refines those readiness skills needed to be successful in the kindergarten classroom. The curriculum includes the use of A Beka Christian preschool materials, Macmillan Early Skills, and the Imagination Station. The monthly themes and topics as listed under Preschool Curriculum Themes are the same, but they are developed more extensively on this level. Age appropriate social skills and interactions in varied surroundings are stressed in the K4 program.
Developmentally appropriate instruction provides the K4 student with other constructive experiences as well. This is done in the K4 program through a variety of activities including but not limited to:
- Structured Group Time
- Print-rich Atmosphere
- Creative Play and Centers
- Stories and Role Playing
- Arts and Crafts
- Music class
- Physical Education class
Two, three, and five day classes are available. The progress of each student is communicated by teachers in both written and verbal forms. Parents are aware of successes as well as areas of concern for their children. Evaluation and assessment for kindergarten is done in March. Teacher/Parent conferences are available upon request.
As in the other preschool classrooms, rooms are equipped with age appropriate chairs and tables. Colorful walls and decorations create a safe and appealing atmosphere where children can learn readiness skills necessary to excel in Kindergarten.
The staff is qualified by study, personality, and experience. Each teacher is dedicated to the education, care, and personal guidance of the children by setting Christian standards and ideals. Staff members participate in continuing education classes throughout the year. These are offered by the Department of Social Services, CCCECE, PACED, and John Tyler Community College. Background checks are conducted for all employees.
In response to a growing number of parents who feel their children are ready for a program more challenging than K4, we have a Junior Kindergarten program. This is a five day-a-week, full-day program and is more academic in its approach. Many students come out of the JK classroom with not only academic readiness skills but also with greater confidence and maturity. To qualify for the classroom, a child must turn 5 years of age before December 31st.
Standards for the classroom include:
- A degreed instructor
- A minimum of 10 students; maximum of 20 with an aide.
- Utilization of A Beka curriculum for JK
- Student materials from A Beka.
- Appropriately sized tables/desks and chairs.
- Instructional hours between 8:30am – 3:15pm, Monday through Friday.
- P.E., Music, and Library classes
- Recess and rest time after lunch.
- Student Evaluations
As in the Preschool program, parent conferences are available upon request.