So...you understand our various program offerings - but we'd like you to understand more fully how we approach students and learning at each level. Below we explain our pre-grammar school levels - Preschool, Jr Kindergarten and Kindergarten. We see these years as a wonderful time of play, exploration, exposure to great literature, and the buildling of a home school life at home. We fondly call it our "classical prep school," as the more formal studies in classical education begin in grade 1, or what we call, the Primary level.
Preschool (ages 3-4):
We are so excited to offer a preschool class for ages 3-4.
Junior Kindergarten (ages 4-5)*: The Playful Learner
The Junior Kindergarten program is SLO Classical Academy’s newest program. Beginning at age four, children will have the opportunity to participate in a rich, classically-based education designed specifically with their developmental needs in mind. Our mission is to spark a love of learning through literature and creative play.
Introduce higher-level academic concepts and critical thinking skills, all built on a solid foundation of age-appropriate play and imagination. Classic children’s literature will be the cornerstone of classroom activities.
Engage the child through whole body experiences and fun, pretend play. Music and art will be tools used to help grow and strengthen each child’s cognitive, linguistic and motor skills.
Focus on open-ended activities that allow the children to progress at their own pace. Children will be encouraged to feel they are competent, confident and successful learners.
Foster social skills and SLOCA character traits, giving children the tools for cooperative, positive "together" experiences. Children will be empowered to express themselves by sharing individual ideas and experiences.
* Students who enter this class must be 4 by 11/1/12 for the school year 12/13 in order to be considered.
Kindergarten*: The Natural Learner
In Kindergarten, the student introduction to classical education continues. Our program is a literature-based program, which incorporates language, science and social studies within the context of our weekly units. Using Five in a Row, the students will develop a love for literature and have their eyes opened to people and places around the world and nature. Parents and teachers agree to work towards.
Strong academic skills – This year we will lay the foundation for success in language arts and math skills. We will work together using a unified math program and placing the students in ability groups. We will use manipulatives in math to develop a strong understanding of concepts before introducing paper/pencil activities. Parents will work at home teaching leveled reading, phonics and handwriting, while teacher at school introduces sight words, word families, journaling, writing and various other language skills.
Strong analytical skills - Using our literature-based program, students are given opportunities to analyze literature weekly. They will discover literary techniques and use them in class stories as well as writing activities at home. Students discuss character traits, determine right and wrong, and use ideas presented in these classic stories to make decisions about their own lives and behavior. Parents teach their own family values and teacher provides opportunities for class discussions about the characters in the stories and the results of their behavior.
Strong Character - Kindergarten is the opportunity to build a foundation of responsibility, respect, obedience, cooperation, public speaking, practicing kindness and learning to be a good friend. There are so many opportunities to develop strong character in kindergarten. For example: students develop responsibility by learning to bring their homework envelope back and forth from home to school each day, they clean up after themselves, keep the classroom tidy and they have weekly jobs for which they are responsible. They develop public speaking skills by bringing “sharing” each week, sharing projects with the class and reciting a Nursery Rhyme at our “Recitation Evening” at the end of the year.