Pre-K | Kindergarten

The Foundation of Learning

Teaching our children to love what is good, true and beautiful!

Fortis Academy offers Classical Christian Pre-K and Kindergarten programs.  At Fortis your child will be entering a safe environment where they will learn to love God, His creations, and develop the academic skills that will prepare them for the future.

Meets at school: Monday and Wendesday

Works from home: Tuesday , Thursday, Friday**

**Kindergarten does have the option of electives that meet at the school on Fridays.

Philosophy of our Pre-K Class:

Classical Christian:

  • Focuses on developing a sense of wonder about God’s world and for learning.
  • Teaches children to love what is good true and beautiful.
  • Inspires children to love God.

Language Rich:

  • Read-alouds and interaction with lots of books
  • Word play with phonemes (Rhymes and Salient sounds)
  • Develop Letter and Number Sense
  • Explore God’s Creation through guided play
  • Games to promote listening and following directions
  • Memory Verses/Rhymes
  • Safe Environment (Students and parents should all feel safe and loved!)

Engaging:

  • Children should love learning!
  • Hands on activities
  • “Is it cute or does it count?” Projects should have developmental purpose.
  • Develop fine motor and gross motor skills

Character Training:

  • Regard others as equals (Treat classmates with kindness)
  • Respect God’s authorities (Follow school rules/procedures))
  • Reverence for God and His Word (Participate in prayer; Listen attentively to Bible stories)

The goals of our pre-K program to include the following:

  • Building self-control and attention spans
  • Developing fine motor and gross motor skills
  • Encouraging a love of learning (and reading)
  • Building respect for God’s Word and His authorities
  • Developing book/text sense
  • Identifying phonemes in oral language (Play with rhymes and initial sounds)
  • Recognizing and writing Capital letters
  • Recognizing lower case letters and matching to corresponding capital
  • Matching most common phoneme of each letter of alphabet to its written formation (advanced)
  • Recognizing and writing numbers 1-10
  • Counting items with one-to-one correspondence up to 10
  • Recognizing and writing name
  • Aiding parents in recognizing the important role they have as co-teachers

Curriculum

The backbone of our PreK curriculum includes All About Reading and Handwriting Without Tears. We supplement it with additional fine motor tasks including counting and sorting colors/shapes, gross motor activities, hands on activities (nature exploration, cooking projects, art appreciation, music appreciation), Bible stories from The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones (language and theologically rich!), and lots of quality picture books for read-alouds.

Philosophy of our Kindergarten Class:

Classical Christian:

  • Focuses on developing a sense of wonder about God’s world and for learning.
  • Teaches children to love what is good true and beautiful.
  • Inspires children to love God.

Language Rich:

  • Read-alouds and interaction with lots of books
  • Exposure to great classical literature
  • Develop Reading skills through the teaching on phonics
  • Explore God’s Creation and develop an appreciation of nature
  • Develop Number Sense through experiences with math manipulative
  • Memorizing scripture and beautiful poetry
  • Safe Environment (Students and parents should all feel safe and loved!)

Engaging:

  • Children should love learning!
  • Hands on activities
  • “Is it cute or does it count?” Projects should have developmental purpose.
  • Develop fine motor and gross motor skills
  • Encourage students to express their feelings and how how art and music make them feel

Character Training:

  • Regard others as equals (Treat classmates with kindness)
  • Respect God’s authorities (Follow school rules/procedures))
  • Reverence for God and His Word (Participate in prayer; Listen attentively to Bible stories)

The goals of our Kindergarten program to include the following:

  • Building self-control and attention spans
  • Developing fine motor and gross motor skills
  • Encouraging a love of learning (and reading)
  • Building respect for God’s Word and His authorities
  • Developing book/text sense
  • Phonetic awareness through the introduction of phonograms
  • Develop proper letter formation for uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers
  • Begin reading short vowel and long vowel words using beginning and ending blends
  • Recognizing and writing numbers 1-100
  • Develop a great understanding of what numbers are and how they work together
  • Be able to perform simple addition and subtraction problems and be able to explain their answers
  • Aiding parents in recognizing the important role they have as co-teachers

Curriculum

The backbone of our Kindergarten curriculum includes, The Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading, All About Spelling, Singapore Math and Handwriting Without Tears. We supplement it with additional literature, art appreciation, music appreciation, Bible stories from The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones (language and theologically rich!), and the love of Jesus.

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