In early childhood, there exists an unparalleled opportunity to positively influence the development of our children. Pre-Kindergarten years provide the initial step into formal schooling beyond the home. At Veritas, academic and developmental needs are integrated into all preschool activities. Seeds planted during these years take root and produce Christian character and qualities conducive to successful learning: organizational skills and accountability for classroom behavior, responsibility, diligence, politeness and good manners. Our teachers will guide your child through a curriculum that focuses on linguistic development, gross and fine motor skills as well as social and interpersonal relationships. Each classroom provides a warm, friendly and nurturing environment that allows students to develop socially, spiritually and cognitively.
Our PK3 visual arts curriculum is a process based approach to art making which gives every child an opportunity for experiential learning through age appropriate activities. Basics of art elements are combined with pre-math and science inquiry to offer students the opportunity to learn about line, shape, color, symmetry, patterns and contrast. Creative problem solving and cause and effect are naturally infused into the art making experiences to further the child's ability to use deeper thinking and analytic skills. In addition, students are exposed to many genres of art, poetry and literature, as well as classical music to broaden their appreciation for the arts.
There are a total of 38 planned weekly themes in the Joyful Heart Bible and Rhyme Curriculum, designed to be used during a typical school calendar year (August through May). Each weekly theme, listed below, is based on a Bible story. A nursery rhyme was chosen to correspond with each Biblical text. The curriculum will foster the following:
Learning Centers throughout the classroom utilize both imaginative play and one-on-one/small-group learning to further integrate and instill concepts learned at the group level. Learning Centers include a Writing Center, Literacy Center(students are encouraged to "read" lots of books), Art Center(lots of painting and projects!), Table activities(small group reinforcement of math or phonics concepts such as sorting, sequencing, lacing beads), Carpet Center(free play with cars, trains, or magna tiles), Block Center(area for imaginative building with large wooden blocks), and Kitchen/Dress-up Center.
In PreK-3, children spend each week learning a new letter of the alphabet, working on visual recognition of each upper and lower case letter, as well as learning each sound through a song that ties into the Bible lesson. Through a number of crafts and activities, each child's familiarity with the letters and sounds is increased to promote reading readiness. Children will be introduced to the written formation of each letter, and will learn to write their own name. Phonemic awareness is emphasized through exposure to simple poetry and discussion of nursery rhymes. A love of literature is fostered through reading age-appropriate literature in circle time, and practicing re-telling of stories through dramatic play.
Through learning and play centers our students gain social and problem solving skills as they communicate with classmates, share ideas and express emotions. Other centers are geared toward specific lessons intended to reinforce learning during the week. Centers allow children to explore the lesson on his or her own.