Begindergarten | “Young Fives” at PCA
Begindergarten at Plymouth Christian Academy is a special “young fives” program designed for students whose fifth birthdays are in the summer or fall and who would benefit from an extra growth year before attending full-day Kindergarten.
Begindergarten students will receive instruction in language arts (pre-reading/reading), science, math, social studies, and Bible/Christian Character. Begindergarten students also benefit through participation in additional classes, including music, art, world languages, and physical education.
Additionally, Plymouth Christian Academy Begindergarten students have access to SMART Board technology to enhance learning. Play is also an important part of each class day allowing students to further develop friendship and social skills.
PCA Begindergarten program includes:
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11:45am-2:55pm
- Optional Friday: 11:45am-2:55pm
- Certified Teachers: 1:8 Ratio
- Full kindergarten readiness curriculum
- Art, music, physical education, and world language
- Christian character development
Begindergarten Curriculum | Plymouth Christian Academy
Begindergarten children engage in learning through hands-on exploratory experiences, play, and teacher directed large and small group experiences within the Begindergarten curriculum. Each day will include activities to emphasize language/vocabulary development, literacy skills, writing skills, math, science, and social studies concepts, social, emotional, and spiritual development, and the further development of fine and gross motor skills. Begindergarten children will also participate in art, music, physical education, library, and world languages classes.
Children will increase in their ability to…
- Use words to express thoughts or needs individually and in a group setting
- Adjust to new situations
- Follow classroom routines and rules
- Listen to and follow oral directions
- Practice good friendship skills
- Share with others
- Wait for a turn
- Wait for the teacher’s attention
- Recognize and respond to authority figures
- Accept consequences of unacceptable behaviors
- Recognize and accept differences in children’s abilities, likes and dislikes, cultures
- Act out familiar roles in dramatic play
- Respond to frustration/conflict appropriately
- Try new things
Children will be introduced to…
- Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments
- The biblical accounts of Christmas and Easter
- Bible truths:
- God made me
- Nobody made God
- God made all things
- God made me and all things for His own glory
- There is only one true God
- God will always be alive
- God knows all things
- God is everywhere
- I cannot see God, but He always sees me
- All scripture comes from God
- I can glorify God by loving Him and doing what He commands
- I ought to glorify God because He made me and takes care of me
- Songs relating to the Bible stories and God’s love and character
- Christian Character Traits such as kindness, truthfulness, patience, obedience, responsibility, courage, forgiveness, trust, respect, thankfulness, prayer, generosity, and contentment
- Children will learn simple Bible verses that relate to Christian Character Traits
Cognitive Development: Literacy / Language
The children will continue and expand on preschool curriculum and will…
- Identify and create word families
- Identify and create compound words
- Identify and count syllables in words
- Expand their vocabulary
- Identify and create rhyming words
- Sequence a story
- Write upper and lower case letters
- Recognize and identify letter names and sounds
- Recognize sight worlds (I, like, me, is, and, am, a, see)
- Explore sentence structure
- Explore punctuation
- Recognize beginning, middle, and ending sounds of words
- Explore consonant blends
Cognitive Development: Mathematics
Children will continue and expand on preschool curriculum and will…
- Count to 50 and beyond
- Skip count by tens
- Identify number 1-30 and beyond
- Recognize, repeat, and create patterns
- Explore measurement: length, weight, and volume
- Recognize and create 2D and 3D shapes
- Explore addition and subtraction problems
- Create story problems for addition and subtraction
- Describe and sort objects by their attributes
- Explore ordinal numbers
- Identify positional words
- Recognize groups of objects as having more or less than another
- Explore money and the value of different coins
Cognitive Development: Computer
Children will be given the opportunity to practice hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills, and reading and math skills using a variety of computer learning games. Additionally, the children will use SMART Board technology to expand upon learning activities from the classroom.
Cognitive Development: Science
Children will be involved in hands-on science learning and will
- Explore living and non-living things in science
- Explore day and night, seasons, and weather in earth science
- Examine light, shadows, and reflections in physical science
Cognitive Development: Social Studies
- Explore what it means to be part of a family
- Explore the community
- Recognize that maps and globes represent places
- Identify the difference between wants and needs
Cognitive Development: World Languages
Children will be introduced to other cultures and languages, including:
Physical Development: Fine Motor Skills
- Use scissors to cut a variety of shapes properly
- Use proper pencil grip
- Demonstrate proper control when using glue bottles
- Practice writing all upper and lower case letters
- Practice fine motor movements and hand-eye coordination through a variety of manipulative activities
- Playdough and other moldable materials
- Lacing cards
- Printing letters and numbers
- Computer activities
- Various art projects
Physical Development: Gross Motor Skills
Children will develop gross motor skills by…
- Participating in physical education classes
- Catching and throwing balls
- Running, jumping, skipping, and hopping
- Kicking and rolling a ball
- Completing obstacle courses
- Outdoor Play
- Kicking, throwing, and catching balls
Free Choice Time
The teacher opens the classroom door and greets each child as he/she enters. Children begin to explore the play and learning centers of their choice. This is an opportunity to learn through free play and to develop friendship and verbal skills.
Children gather on the story rug for a time of large group learning and interaction. Circle Time includes concept development, calendar and counting activities, phonics and phonemic awareness, literacy activities, vocabulary expansion, music, listening and speaking skill development, a story, and an introduction to the Center Time projects for the day.
At Center Time, teachers work with children at their own developmental level in small groups or individually to develop curriculum skills through hands on projects and activities. When children have demonstrated skill mastery, teachers will challenge them at the next level of application. When center time projects are completed, the children have another opportunity to play in the play centers of their choice.
Center Time Wrap Up and World Language
Children gather at the story rug for Center Time Wrap Up discussion and for Spanish language instruction.
As the children nourish their bodies with healthy food, they are given the opportunity to practice social skills, language skills and table etiquette.
Children are introduced to basic Bible truths and Christian character through Bible stories, application stories, Bible verses, and music. These concepts are developed and reinforced throughout the preschool experience.
Large Muscle Activity and Outdoor Play
When the weather allows in the fall and the spring seasons, the children are given the opportunity to run, play, and explore at the outdoor school playground. During cold, snowy, or rainy weather, our large classroom and large lobby area is perfect for a wide variety of indoor movement games and activities designed for large muscle development.
Meet Your PCA Begindergarten Educators
Mrs. Newsome joined the PCA faculty in 2017. She has been teaching since 2011 as a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher. She and her husband Greg have two sons.
- BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Eastern Michigan University
- MA in Reading, Eastern Michigan University
Mrs. D’Amico joined the PCA faculty in 2020 as the Begindergarten Assistant. She has taught middle school English, History, Bible, and P.E. at Baptist Park Christian School in Taylor for almost 10 years. She also enjoyed coaching girl’s basketball and softball during her years at BP.
Mrs. D’Amico resides in Taylor with her husband Dan, and their four active children. While staying at home with her family for the past several years, she has had the privilege of assisting her husband in a campus pastor role, leading a small group in their children’s ministry, and being a part of the worship team.
- B.S. in General Studies, Professional Teaching License for Elementary Grades K-8, Liberty University
Plan A Visit To Plymouth Christian Academy
We invite you and your child to visit and experience Begindergarten at Plymouth Christian Academy. Click here to visit our Campus Visit page, where you can take a virtual tour of PCA. We look forward to meeting you!