We believe that the primary purpose of the first years of school is not merely to impart knowledge, but also to cultivate habits. This begins with the earliest of school years. Neuroscience has shown us that habits are default behaviors in the brain. Every time a child chooses to be responsible, resourceful, inventive, brave—or generous, kind or forgiving—that choice increases the likelihood of that behavior being repeated in the future. Habits are intellectual and social decisions that have become natural, reliable responses.
Our program for 4-year-old children is designed to help students explore God’s world through a rich variety of learning opportunities. For many, this is their first school experience, and a mark that they are growing up.
We provide a program with plenty of music, art, and movement; just right for these young learners to develop their curiosity and pleasure in learning!
Traditional school subjects including reading, math, science, and Bible are taught through each week’s theme, allowing for an engaging school day. Through integrated units of study, children have an opportunity to learn through center activities, music, art, and play.
Creative teacher-directed activities provide rich opportunities for developing knowledge and skills. Active learning activities provide many opportunities for children to develop both fine and gross motor skills. Lots of good books, along with instruction in phonics and letter recognition, help students hone their reading readiness skills. Field trips and Bible stories help students develop socially and spiritually as well. Much laughter and happy smiles characterize both students and teacher during this important year of growth.
Our kindergarten year is a year of DISCOVERY! Our children develop their natural curiosity as they investigate God’s world. They begin to lay the foundation for learning as they develop math, reading, and science skills. In a secure, Christ-centered environment, they observe their teachers living out a vibrant relationship with their Creator. Children explore the fun-filled centers room on a regular basis.
They begin to learn to read and develop a love of reading by exploring various types of literature in a phonics-based program.
Through a variety of field trips and special activities, students have opportunities to explore our region. Computers, chapel, hands on art, music, and personal expression prepare them to be 1st graders who are prepared to learn!
Kindergarteners are beginning a journey which we have every hope will lead to a lifelong love of learning. We begin to equip them with the skills they will need to experience satisfaction and success on whatever path God has for them.
At AACS we offer a full day program for kindergarten. Our program provides the essential instruction necessary for first grade success. This whole day program includes Physical Education, Music, and Art along with excellent opportunities for extended learning.