Class and Activity Descriptions
Donelson Christian Academy offers a Pre-Kindergarten program designed to meet the needs of the child who is age four by September 30. The goal is to provide a loving and nurturing Christian environment where children can grow and progress in all areas for the glory of God. The developmentally centered curriculum incorporates a variety of techniques, resources, materials and hands-on experiences in order to address different learning styles. Children develop a love for learning and school through hands-on experiences, discussions and explorations.
The Pre-Kindergarten curriculum prepares a child for kindergarten and is structured to be fun, yet challenging. The program involves active learning and is devised to address the needs of the whole child. Activities and materials engage the students in social, physical, emotional and intellectual development.
Opening the World of Learning (OWL) by Scott Foresman is used in Pre-Kindergarten. It is a comprehensive curriculum and includes pre-reading skills, phonics, comprehension skills, vocabulary, and Language Arts. Skills are practiced daily through various activites.
Math concepts are presented using manipulatives to aid in developing concrete math skills.
Science and Social Studies
Thematic units are used in conjunction with the Language Arts program and the OWL curriculum.
Daily Bible stories and prayer time are included, along with a weekly chapel specifically geared for younger students.
Promethean Active Boards are used in all areas of the curriculum to enhance learning through the use of interactive websites and flip charts.
All children are currently involved in Art, Media, Music, Physical Education, and Spanish.
Special Events and Activities
The Pre-Kindergarten experience at DCA includes several co-curricular activities and field trips that offer elements of fun and fellowship for students and families.
Students meet new friends when school begins at the New Friends Teddy Bear Picnic.
They enjoy an October trip to a Pumpkin Patch and a spring trip to Pump it Up.
Students learn about good manners at the Good Manners Tea Party.
Pre-Kindergarten families enjoy fall fellowship at the DCA Football Tailgate Night.
Students participate in a Native American Village during the Thanksgiving season.
They create individual zoos to complete the zoo unit of study.
Other events include a Grandparents’/Special Friends’ Day program in the Fall and Bike Day and Field Day in the Spring.