Early Childhood Program

Preschool – Kindergarten
Lower Campus

Overview

A child’s brain develops more in the first five years of life than at any other stage. At TCA, teachers create an environment that nurtures the social and emotional well-being of all students so that effective learning can take place. TCA’s research-based early childhood program introduces students to the world of learning and a love of God.

A legacy of success…

Participants in a high-quality early childhood education like TCA are

  • 40% less likely to repeat a grade,
  • 30% more likely to graduate from high school, and
  • more than twice as likely to go to college.

 

Preschool Program (age 3)

TCA offers half-day and full-day preschool sessions with a comprehensive early literacy program. The program objectives include:

  • Nurturing students in a safe and secure environment
  • Helping students understand they are children of God and as such develop a positive belief that they are worthy of love and respect
  • Developing oral language skills
  • Encouraging students to be lifelong learners
  • Developing creativity and imagination
  • Developing respect and sensitivity for all living things
  • Focusing on social and emotional skill development

Pre-kindergarten Program (age 4)

TCA’s pre-K curriculum includes literature, writing, math, science, and social science in full-day sessions. Students learn:

  • Appropriate ways of interacting in a group
  • Skills to actively and appropriately participate in class discussions
  • To develop a large and rich vocabulary
  • To engage in concept-related play
  • To listen to, identify, and manipulate language sounds to develop auditory discrimination and phonetic awareness
  • To participate in physical education, recreational play, music, and art

 

Kindergarten Program (age 5)

Full day program where students learn in a highly structured environment with an academic program emphasizing math and language arts. Students:

  • Are evaluated daily so that teachers can identify students’ individual strengths and weaknesses and tailor instruction accordingly
  • Lower campus school library is available for classrooms to visit and students to check out books to enjoy bi-weekly
  • Are assessed with MAP testing, an adaptive test that evaluates each child’s individual progress rather than a standardized test, which evaluates against peers
  • Are involved in science and social studies activities
  • Participate in recreational play, physical education, music, and art