K4 and K5 at GCA are gentle introductions to formal learning: while beginning phonemic awareness, number sense, and love of the arts are a parts of the curriculum, at GCA, we want K4 a to be an awakening of curiosity and joy in learning, as well as the initial awareness of living, playing, and growing in a community of friends. K4 is offered on a Tuesday/Thursday morning schedule, a Monday/Wednesday/Friday morning schedule, as well as a Monday-Friday morning schedule. Afternoon Enrichment is also available until 3 pm.
K5 is another foundational year, with the joy of learning to read at its center. K5 students are introduced to mathematical concepts, begin to learn cursive handwriting, and enjoy recitation, scripture memory, and music as well. K5 is offered Monday-Friday on a morning schedule, with Afternoon Enrichment available until 3 pm.
awakening curiosity and a joy of learning
Bible: Children Desiring God—Jesus, What a Savior by Desiring God Ministries
Phonics: Introduction to The Logic of English
Math: Every Day Counts Calendar Math
Science: Harcourt Science
Through Harcourt’s activity manual, students are introduced to several scientific concepts. Units include Animals, Insects, Plants, Weather, Dental Health, and Five Senses.
Social Studies: Units including Friends and Family, Where We Live and Play, Thanksgiving, Manners, Transportation, Famous Americans
Related Arts: Music appreciation is integrated throughout the curriculum. In addition, students have formal classes in Music twice a week. Students have a scheduled recess time daily.
Bible – He Established a Testimony (Old Testament), Chapel
Spelling – Logic of English
Handwriting – Logic of English cursive
Phonics/Reading – Students are taught to read using The Logic of English curriculum. From the publishers, “By integrating phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, reading, grammar, spelling, vocabulary development, fluency, and writing, Essentials provides a holistic approach to mastering written English.” Supplemented with Dr. Suess books.
Math – Rod and Staff
Science – Harcourt. Through Harcourt’s activity manual, students are introduced to several scientific concepts.
History – All around Greenville! Teacher-created units and field trips introduce children to their local community’s history and community helpers. Key Historical American Figures
Related Arts – Music appreciation and art history are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students are exposed to the great artists of the past. In addition, students have formal classes in Music. Students have a scheduled recess time daily.
We have been overjoyed by our daughter’s experience in K4 at GCA. Her teacher is so sweet and patient and she’s giving her students the foundation needed to love learning for years to come. We are blown away with how much our daughter is learning and retaining, even with only being in the two-day a week program. We now know that she will be well equipped to excel in kindergarten, and we are confident that we made the right choice when enrolling her in K4 at GCA!
Courtni & Mark