Pre-K

For those of you who are still on the fence about where to send your child to school next year, find below a list of what our school offers.

While we realize that Georgia Pre-K is a great opportunity for your family to consider, we suggest that you take the time to consider the similarities and differences between GA Pre-K and the Private Pre-K programs in the area in general, as well as our specific offer.

Our class size is small, with around 12 (max. 14) students with two teachers. This allows for plenty of individual attention and one on one time with your child.The students attend Chapel, Musinc class and Spanish class (optional) each week.. Throughout the year we also take our students on 2 to 3 educational trips.

Feel free to contact us for any specific information or question about our program.

Our Program’s Essentials

Pre Pre-K program at Lord of Life emphasizes Kindergarten readiness through a Christian based curriculum. We use both The Intermingled Curriculum (by Janet Chambers) and the Faith Alive Preschool Curriculum.

The following skills and concepts are included in our Pre-K program:

  • Handwriting emphasis (incl. uppercase and lowercase letters)

  • Dolch sight word recognition

  • Phonics and whole language reading

  • Word families and rhyming

  • Story prediction and re-telling

  • Counting and writing numbers

  • One-to-one correspondence counting

  • Simple addition and subtraction

  • Patterning, sorting and sequencing

  • Coin and money recognition

  • Science (weather, five senses, life cycle of plants and anymals, experiments)

  • Fine and gross motor skills

  • Independent life skills (putting coats on, opening lunch items, cleaning up after oneself, etc.)

  • Social and personal development skills (being a good friend and listener, speaking kind words, following Jesus' teachings)

Private vs. GA Pre-K Similarities

Both Georgia Pre-K and private Pre-K programs emphasize the development of the following skills:

  • Language and literacy - through the development of social skills, recognition, story telling, as well as letter and word recognition
  • Mathematics - counting, compare and contrasting, more than...less than, number recognition, value and estimations
  • Science - through the exploration of habitats, different species, observations and hands-on activities
  • Social Studies - through the recognition of family structures and roles, community, work, and the differences and similarities of people in general
  • Creative Development - through dramatic play, simulation and gestures, adaptive artistic play, cutting, pasting, drawing, painting, music, creative movement and dance

Private- vs. GA Pre-K Differences

In a nutshell, private Pre-K teachers have more flexibility in both curriculum and extracurricular activities. by comparison the GA Pre-K teachers are significantly more restricted in what they are permitted to do. A few salient differences between the two programs:

 

Reading: In private Pre-K the students learn ~300 sight words (aka words learned by memorization as opposed to phonetically); In GA Pre-K there might be about 30 words posted on a bulletin board, and if a child asks about them, then the teacher can talk about them

Writing: In private Pre_K the students learn to write their name, address, and telephone number; In GA Pre-K the students have a writing center. And if they ask for help, the teacher can guide them

Themes: Private Pre-K teachers are allowed to have a "letter of the week". Students learn the sound it makes, how to write it, how to say it in sign language (as well as in Spanish if applicable), distinguish whether it is a vowel or a consonant, uppercase or lowercase, and complete a variety of activities about it; GA Pre-K teachers are not permitted to do a letter of the week. At max they may for instance point out every time a certain letter appears while reading a story...