Building on the groundwork laid in K3 and at home, K4 strengthens those same ideas and opens even more doors academically for the students. Having learned all of the letters and sounds, students begin reading in K4.
In addition to the regularly scheduled classes, K4 students have the opportunity to participate in chapel, music, art, daily recess, and special days.
Beginning with our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes, PBA uses the nationally recognized A Beka curriculum.
Bible time, as shown through the A Beka curriculum, provides a successful method for presenting the Bible through the telling of the stories of the Old and New Testaments. Bible time includes the pledges to the flags and the Bible, singing, memory verses, prayer time, and the Bible lesson.
By using the simple, logical phonics system, children in K-4 begin to read by mastering the vowels and consonants and their sounds through enjoyable classroom teaching. Students learn to read short words, moving towards simple sentences and stories.
Following a semester of introductory phonics, students in K-4 begin to read by blending letters and sounds. Divided into multiple reading groups, the students learn to read at a comfortable and yet challenging pace, preparing them for more advanced phonics and reading in K-5. They are required to build oral reading skills, such as accuracy, expression, and smoothness.
By establishing a strong base in arithmetic at an early age, students begin preparing for a lifetime of numbers and mathematic concepts. In K-4, children learn to recognize and under-stand the concepts of numbers. By the end of the year, they will be able to count from 1 to 100, recognize numbers 1 to 20, distinguish before and after numbers, and answer simple combinations. Review sheets and practice pages strengthen concepts taught and reinforce materials learned.
K-4 lays the foundation for learning the basic writing strokes. Students learn to print each letter of the alphabet, establishing a strong basis for penmanship in academic years to come.
Seatwork, beginning in the second semester, requires the students to work quietly by themselves. It also strengthens concepts taught in penmanship, phonics, and numbers activities.
G. Activity Time
Activity time involves a number of fun activities, including Show and Tell, telling time, music, poetry, finger plays, nursery rhymes, and art.
H. Language Development
By utilizing interesting material about animals, people, and places, Language Development encourages the children to think and also strengthens their vocabulary and language skills. The student's motor skills are finely tuned as they participate in class activities and games.
I. Skills Development
Skills Development time is fun time set aside to strengthen listening, fine motor coordination, hand-eye coordination, visual perception, and writing skills.
Mrs. Heather Vaughn
Building on the groundwork laid in Pre-K, K5 strengthens those same ideas and opens even more doors academically for the students. While they develop mentally, social skills are learned, and spiritual lessons are taught. Believing that a child's heart is precious to God, the goal is to reach the heart of the child with the wonderful story of Jesus, while at the same time pursuing a mindset of academic merit that will prepare him for his grade school years.
In addition to the regularly scheduled classes, K5 students have the opportunity to participate in chapel, music, art, daily recess, and special days.
PBA uses the nationally recognized A Beka curriculum. A brief overview of the curriculum is outlined below.
Students learn more about God as the A Beka curriculum leads the students through a study of Old and New Testament characters and stories. Pledges, singing, memory verses, and much more are covered each day in Bible time. Beginning in K-5, students are tested over Bible verses.
In K-5, phonics builds on the foundation laid in previous years and introduces new rules and new ideas, broadening the students' vocabulary and reading material.
K-5 students participate in reading circles, giving each student the opportunity to read aloud and read along with the teacher and classmates. Students begin memorizing special sounds, increasing their reading speed and smoothness.
Students learn to count and recognize numbers 1 through 100 and begin to cover basic addition and subtraction concepts. They also learn to tell time and count money.
In a program relative to their phonics activities, students begin learning cursive writing. Beginning with writing letters, they conclude the year by writing blends, words, and sentences, all while strengthening the manuscript writing learned in K-4.
F. Skills Development/Language Enrichment
Building visual perception skills, motor coordination, and listening/thinking skills, students participate in a plethora of activities, ranging from music and art to finger plays and word analogies.
Ms. Madalyn Cook
100th Day of School
Kindergarten students have occasions all year long to celebrate, but the 100th Day of School is a huge celebration. Kindergarten students wear special hats and enjoy a special breakfast of sausage links and pancakes that spell out "100" on the plate.
Red, White, and Blue Day
With a break from their regular uniforms, students deck out in red, white, and blue colors to celebrate America. Streamers, games, snacks, and emphasis all work together for a fun patriotic celebration.
Show and Tell
For decades "Show and Tell" has been a childhood favorite. After all, what child doesn't like to show his friends something he brought from home that also has a story with it! Even the most shy children love participating in Show and Tell.
Some of students' fondest memories come from Field Day. It is a day outdoors, on the football and baseball fields, playing big ball, slipping and sliding on tarps,participating in relay races and other games, and eating ice cream. So many memories are made and photos snapped at this special activity.
Every once in a while it's nice to get off campus for fun times with friends. Kindergarten students love field trips as much as the older students. Trips to the Pumpkin Patch, Southern Belle Farms, Woody's Jump and Play, and the park are just a few favorite spots.
Elementary students look forward to providing great pre-show entertainment for families and friends prior to the annual Christmas play. Individuals and groups perform through recitations, songs, instruments, and more.
Classes enjoy four theme parties each year, two in the fall semester and two in the spring semester. Each party is complete with a load of good food, fun games and activities, and special treats. Teachers "go all out" to insure a great time--rearranging the desks, even "wrapping" the tops of desks in Christmas paper--and the atmosphere is electric.
Nothing says fun like spirit week in the kindergarten. Each day is designated to build excitement throughout the week in anticipation of the homecoming football game. Spirit chains are sold, and students are allowed to dress in different costumes and attire each day. Some of the favorite dress-ups are duo day, western day, backward day, tacky day, and spirit day.