Preschool

Objectives and Goals

CLASSROOM STRUCTURE

Self-contained. 

Teachers:

18:2 One Teacher and one Classroom Aide. 

Entrance Requirement:

Must be 3 years prior to August 31st and potty trained.

SCHOOL DAY

ELC Full Day Toddler Classes

Center open 6:30am-6: 00 pm (children may attend up to 10 hours)

Instructional time 9:00am-1:00pm

Morning and Afternoon Recess

Welcome to Northshore Christian Academy’s Early Learning Center Preschool program!

In Preschool, our students learn by using imaginative and cooperative play in class.  They are building their fine motor skills by cutting, painting, coloring, and writing.  They are developing their gross motor skills at recess, music class, and teacher/child-directed games.   They are learning numbers, pre-math skills, basic shapes, colors, letters, words in Spanish, and beginning phonics. We are cultivating leaders by their daily opportunity to lead using their “Job Responsibilities” with the weather, line leader, special helper, calendar helper, and more. Our Preschool-aged children have center time for daily play, outside recess (two to three times a day), art projects for letter and Bible review, and hands-on science.  Social skills and independence are stressed throughout their day. Most of all, the love of Jesus is spread and emphasized in everything we do.

 

SPIRITUAL LIFE

Northshore Christian Academy filters all learning and curriculum through a Biblical world-view. We endeavor to train children spiritually, academically, and personally. Northshore integrates faith and learning as we equip the whole child to develop leadership qualities in the context of their God-given abilities and talents. The entire process of education is used to bring children into fellowship with God, develop a Christ-like mind, and to develop their God-given personal and vocational potential.

Bible: Children will be taught Biblical concepts, stories and memorize Bible verses that will teach them godly character qualities and Biblical facts. They will practice applying these qualities in their daily life including opportunities for serving others. Children look to the example of Staff Members with a relationship with God. This will allow children to develop their own relationship with the Lord through daily prayer and worship.

Chapel: Children are active participants in chapel each week, singing and praising God. They also enjoy learning more about Him and His Word from ELC staff or guest speakers. A different character quality (Patience, Kindness, Honesty, etc.) is taught monthly. Parents are always welcome to attend.

ACADEMIC LIFE

Language:

Preschool teachers use Alphabet Stories to introduce letter and letter sounds recognition using stories, songs, kinesthetic activities and crafts. 

Math:

Math Their Way Curriculum is a manipulative-based program, which teaches patterning, sorting, and classification through hands-on learning.

Social Studies:

Our monthly themes allow children to explore the world around them, creating rich experiences and introductions beyond their own front door, through stories, crafts, songs and kinesthetic learning.

Science:

Our monthly themes allow children to explore the world around them, creating rich experiences and introductions beyond their own front door, through stories, crafts, songs, kinesthetic learning and hands on experiments and observations.

Art:

Art experiences are many and varied to encourage children to explore both self-directed and teacher directed projects.

Music:

We have dedicated music lessons each week in our classes, taught by our very own NCA Music Teacher. Music and movement is incorporated everyday during Circle Time, transitions, and also other learning times.

Pre-Handwriting:

Children practice recognizing their names with capital letters using games and activities to develop fine motor skills.

Activities

Events:

Community helpers week, Christmas concert, ELC Mission project, Moments with Mom, Walk-A-Thon, several class parties throughout the year.

Field Trips:

In-house field trips in the Summer.

Course Guides:

Bible: Read & Learn Bible

Reading/Language Arts: Moncure letter books/ Educator-developed materials

Math: Math Their Way

Social Studies: Educator-developed materials

Science: Theme Directed

Developmental milestones 3 to 4 years*

Movement

  • Hops and stands on one foot up to 5 seconds
  • Goes up and down stairs without support
  • Kicks ball forward
  • Throws ball overhand
  • Moves forward and backward

hand and finger skills

  • Draws a person with 2-4 body parts
  • Uses scissors
  • Draws circles and squares
  • Build a tower of at least 6 blocks

language milestones

  • Understands the concepts of “same” and “different”
  • Speaks in sentences of 5-6 words
  • Asks questions
  • Speaks clearly enough for strangers to understand
  • Tells simple stories

cognitive milestones

  • Correctly names some colors (red, yellow, blue, green)
  • Understand the concept of counting – counts up to 10
  • Follows 2 step directions
  • Recognizes shapes – circle, square, triangle
  • Groups objects by type, size, or color
  • Engages in fantasy play

social milestones

  • Cooperates/plays with other children
  • Dresses and undresses
  • Demonstrates concern for others
  • Seeks help to solve problems
  • Interested in new experiences

emotional milestones

  • Separates without distress from parents and engages with trusted adults
  • Accepts redirection from adults

self-help

  • Can feed self with spoon
  • Washes and dries hands and face
  • Can brush or comb hair
  • Can put on simple clothing with assistance with buttons and zippers

*Please note that this is not a complete list. For a more complete list, please see the CDC list

​ELC Teachers

Admissions 

NCA's Non-Discrimination Statement

Northshore Christian Academy admits students of any color, race, national and ethnic origin. NCA does not discriminate based on color, race, national or ethnic origin.

Family Partnership

Northshore Christian Academy partners with families to provide a superior Christian education developing spiritual, academic and personal excellence in a Christ-centered environment.

Employment Opportunities

NCA is always accepting applications for Teachers, Substitutes, Educational Aids, Support Staff or Facilities Staff & Athletics Coaches! For a full list of available positions visit our Employment page.