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CAK’s Preschool Program

Early learning experiences impact intelligence by promoting brain connections through enhanced learning and play. CAK’s preschool program focuses on the whole child in a variety of developmentally appropriate and creative learning spaces. Our program is designed to encourage and strengthen a child’s social-emotional, cognitive, and spiritual growth. Beginning math concepts and literacy skills are instructed and assessed in each of our programs. We promote physical activity, play, and arts throughout our day. Research supports that children enrolled in preschool are more likely to have better motor and coordination skills, increased self-esteem, and likely to remain active as they grow older.

Exposure to inventive and interactive learning through independent and supervised activities is designed to engage the whole child and spark a love for learning. Focusing on a child’s development and working closely with families to achieve customized goals affords us with the tools needed to navigate the most appropriate path to kindergarten.

We offer three preschool classes at CAK to fit your child’s individual needs with different options for days in the 3-K and Pre-K programs. Our Junior K is a 5-day program intently focused on preparing your child for a successful kindergarten year. All classes meet from 8 am -1 pm with the exception of Warrior Wednesdays (class begins at 9am). Our program also offers an aftercare option. http://www.cakwarriors.com/academics/aftercare.cfm Feel free to set up a tour with Director of Admissions Stacey Bristow or Admissions Coordinator Amy Loope. 865-813-4CAK / http://www.cakwarriors.com/admissions/

3-K
Through independent and active learning experiences as well as structured activities your child will explore and develop math, science, and early literacy skills through thematic units. Many classroom activities are designed to strengthen fine and gross motor skills through play and hands-on learning.
Focus:
  • Building relationships and social skills (teacher to student and student to student)
  • Building brain connections
  • Nurturing and developing individual gifts of each student
  • Growing healthy bodies by developing fine and gross motor skills
  • Encouraging creativity through art and dramatic play
  • Introduction to alphabet, number sense, routines, transitions, and developing sensory awareness
  • Being a responsible and safe member of a classroom community
Students must be three years old by March 31st prior to beginning the program. must also be fully potty-trained and able to dress themselves with minimal assistance.
 
3-K offers a 2, 3, and 5-day option (T/R, MWF, M-F).
 
Pre-K
 
The Pre-K program builds on recognition of alphabet and basic mathematical concepts and introduces early literacy and phonemic awareness using both independent and teacher-lead activities. Center time targets problem-solving and communication skills needed for more independence with learning. Many of the students in this class will be promoted directly to kindergarten, yet some will be best served by our Junior K program.
 
Focus:
  • Pre-writing curriculum with a focus on letter formation (Zaner-Bloser)
  • Engaging thematic units
  • Developing a strong number sense using interactive learning and manipulatives
  • Building social-emotional intelligence and strong cooperation skills
  • Developing responsive listening skills through stories, music, and directions
  • Developing early literacy skills such as phonemic awareness through pre-reading activities
  • Focus and attention during whole group instruction
Students must be four years old by August 15th. Students must also be fully potty-trained and able to dress themselves with minimal assistance. Results of the Gesell Developmental Observation are used in consideration of student placement.
 
Pre-K offers a 2, 3, and 5-day option (T/R, MWF, M-F).
 
Junior K
 
Junior K is a mix of older 4 and younger 5-year-old students that serves as a year-long half step between Pre-K and kindergarten. This class follows a similar schedule and format of a regular kindergarten day. This class will provide an opportunity for students to develop a greater sense of confidence and responsibility before entering kindergarten. Older four years olds will benefit from the pace and academic rigor of this learning environment. Creativity and curiosity are embedded in structured classroom activities.
A unique literacy curriculum introduces students to core kindergarten math, science, and social studies standards. Structured learning through play, projects, and nature are common in this class. Students even participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) lessons, similar to those presented throughout the elementary school.
 
Focus:
  • OWL Curriculum that incorporates morning meeting, literacy/math circles, and story time through small group and large group instruction
  • Emphasis on kindergarten readiness and increased academic rigor
  • Building on mathematical concepts such as classifying, sorting, and number sense
  • Developing and building organizational skills
  • Procedures, routines, and confidence with follow multi-step directions
  • Sustaining attention and focus in a classroom environment
  • Developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills by integrating STEM and in-class field trips
Students must be four years old by March 31st. Results of the Gesell Developmental Observation are used in consideration of student placement.
 
Junior K is a 5-day class (M-F).
 
All three programs offer:
  • Small class sizes
  • Engaging centers
  • In-class technology (iPads and interactive whiteboards)
  • Comprehensive Bible curriculum with appropriate integrations across all content areas
  • Pre-K Chapel
  • Enrichment class once a day; Library, Spanish, Music, Art, and PE
*Birthday alone does not determine a child’s readiness to enter kindergarten or a specific preschool class. At CAK, we seek to position your child for success by partnering with families to discuss all options. In addition, trusted assessments are utilized to develop the best plan for each student. To enroll, parents must submit a completed application with all required forms. After review of the application, a family interview will be arranged. Admission to the program follows a recommendation to our Board of Trustees. Thank you for your interest in our school.
 

 

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