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CAK's Early Learning Program

Philosophy:  Christian Academy of Knoxville’s Early Learning Program provides a developmentally appropriate Christian environment for exposure to academics, fine motor and gross motor development, and social interactions.

Goals:
  

  • To encourage a love of learning;
  • To provide a daily balance of both teacher-initiated and student-directed activities;
  • To encourage independent decision-making and problem-solving; and
  • To provide opportunities for participation in music, library, Spanish, and physical education.

Curriculum:  Our classes utilize the Bob Jones University curriculum, and our staff develops the material around both the three-day (M, W, F) and two-day (Tues., Thurs.) programs. Each set of material will also accommodate a students’ learning if enrolled in a full, five-day program.

Typical Day may Include:

  • Centers for individual or small group participation, located in selected areas of the classrooms.
  • Technology as a part of student learning.
  • Each day begins with devotions and a Bible lesson.
  • A 'special' class which could be music, library, Spanish or physical education.

3-year-old Class:
  • Language arts activities such as name and letter recognition.
  • Math skills involving counting and sorting, number recognition, shapes, and colors. 
  • Students must turn 3 by March 31 prior to starting school in August; no exceptions.

4-year-old Class:

  • Language arts activities include: letter recognition, pre-reading activities, correct penmanship practice, memorization of poems, rhymes and jingles, and listening (to stories, directions, and music).
  • Math skills include counting and sorting, number recognition, and number associations.
  • For the 2013/14 school year, students must turn 4 by August 31; for the 2014/15 school year, students must turn 4 by August 15.


Begindergarten: A term referring to the school year preceding kindergarten. It is a semi-formal academic curriculum that is held in a classrom setting. The begindergarten year begins when the child is five years old but not developmentally ready to enter Kindergarten: 

  • Language arts activities include: phonics, pre-reading activities, correct penmanship practice, beginning writing skills, memorization of poems, rhymes and jingles, and listening (to stories, directions, and music).
  • Math skills include counting and sorting, number recognition, number associations, basic addition and subtraction and problem-solving strategies.
  • For the 2013/14 school year, students must turn 5 by August 31; for the 2014/15 school year, students must turn 5 by August 15.
Hours:
Day options are (8:00 am - 12:00 pm):
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Tuesday, Thursday
  • Monday - Friday
  • custom schedules are negotiable

All students staying after 12:00 pm will be sent to CAK's AfterKare  program. The Early Learning Program follows CAK's calendar for start/end of school, attendance, holidays, and in-service/staff development days.

Enrollment & Participation:   
To enroll, parents must submit a completed application with all required forms. A parent interview will then determine acceptance into the program.

Students must be:

  • 3-years-old by March 31 to enter school the upcoming fall
  • 4-years olds must be 4 by August 31 (changes to August 15 in 2014)
  • Begindergarten 5-year olds must be 5 by August 31 (changes to August 15 in 2014)
  • Potty-trained to take care of toileting needs
  • Able to dress themself with little assistance
  • Respectful of the authority of adults
  • Considerate of classmates

Tuition & Fees:
The Early Learning Program at Christian Academy of Knoxville may be either a two-day, three-day, or five-day program, all with varying tuition costs. Current tuition rates may be found here. Payments may be made annually, semi-annually, or monthly. A separate fee will be assessed for students staying past the 12:00 pm dismissal time.

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