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Explorers Program
Ages 4 and 5

Grow, Explore, Discover

The VCA Explorers enter an engaging classroom that introduces them to structured learning while allowing for generous play, both in the classroom and outdoors.  Classroom lessons are themed each week and center on literacy-based activities designed to foster children’s wonder and curiosity for God’s world.  Students begin to build basic number sense through discovery-based math lessons and engage in co-curricular classes such as art, music, and PE, and partner with older students for nature walks and story time.  The Explorers class is designed to develop students in the following areas:

 

Cognitive 

  • Upper and lowercase letter recognition

  • Identification of beginning sounds in words

  • Rhyming

  • Rote count to 100

  • Identification of numbers up to 20

  • Sort by color, shape, and size

  • Create and extend patterns

Cognitive skills are developed through memory games, integrated movement with music and poetry, manipulatives, phonemic awareness training, and focused phonics and math instruction.

 

Emotional

  • Develop friendships

  • Communicate feelings appropriately

  • Understand the emotions of others

  • Regulate overwhelming emotions

 

Emotional awareness is fostered through modeled behavior, acknowledgment of emotions, coaching in emotional awareness, social stories, and a consistent routine and schedule that fosters security.

 

Social 

  • Follow multi-step directions

  • Communicate needs and wants effectively

  • Play with others appropriately

  • Speak with confidence 

  • Ask for help when needed

 

Social skills are developed through guided learning, narration, recitation, and both large and small group games that facilitate turn-taking, understanding rules, and conflict resolution.

 

Physical

  • Dress themselves independently

  • Use writing utensils with proper pencil grip

  • Sit correctly in various spaces

  • Maintain personal boundaries

 

Development of motor skills fosters physical development.  Cutting, lacing, and tracing build fine motor skills while gross motor skills develop through frequent recess play, jumping, throwing, skipping, etc.

 

Spiritual 

  • Exposure and reinforcement of God’s truths

  • Growth and understanding of God’s love for us

  • Appreciation for all of God’s creation

 

Students are nurtured spiritually through daily reading from children’s Bible storybook, Bible songs and crafts, emphasis on the Fruits of the Spirit, nature study, and intentional training in habits and character.

Parental Involvement

Veritas Christian Academy has a strong commitment to the family. Parents are actively involved in the education of their children and are a visible part of our school community. Parents have opportunities to volunteer in the classroom, to become active in our Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF), to drive on field trips, to serve Hot Lunch, and to serve on various school committees. Parents are encouraged to enjoy student presentations and to share in their child’s achievements.

Our Faculty

We are blessed to have a truly exceptional faculty at Veritas. Our teachers are experienced, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and give loving, personal attention to each child. Their goal is to challenge each child to reach his or her full potential. The small student-teacher ratio of one teacher to no more than ten children enables our faculty to know each student’s God-given personality, abilities and talents.

Our Commitment

Veritas Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, tuition assistance programs, athletics, or any other school-administered programs.

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