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, STEM lab 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
- Certified Teachers: 1:8 Ratio
- Full kindergarten readiness curriculum
- Art, music, physical education, STEM lab 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.
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 has been teaching since 2011 as a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher. She and her husband Greg have two sons.
- At PCA Since: 2017
- BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Eastern Michigan University
- MA in Reading, Eastern Michigan University
Mrs. Pugh joined the PCA faculty as the Begindergarten Assistant. She completed extensive coursework in education at Eastern Michigan University and has experience teaching in the BSF preschool program. She and her husband Kyle have 2 children at PCA.
At PCA Since: 2021
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!