PITTSBURGH CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS | THREES PROGRAM- 8TH GRADE
Values Based Education
Transitional Kindergarten is for families that have a four-year-old child who will not be five years old by the September 1st deadline. This new program is a wonderful opportunity that we are offering for children who need another year to develop physically, socially, or academically prior to entering Kindergarten. We believe in offering a calm, safe, and nurturing environment in which these children can be challenged at their individual levels to develop confidence in the skills needed for future success in school. Our Transitional Kindergarten serves as a bridge for children who, in essence, need the gift of time-time that is essential to absorb and express ideas, learn more about friendships, assert independence, and examine the world around them. This allows the child to become more confident as they move to the next level of academic achievement. The program has a comprehensive curriculum that meets the needs of the 5-year-old child at a pace that has been adapted to best suit their abilities.
Our TK program will help your child develop confidence in themselves to learn. At this level, they will be encouraged to demonstrate curiosity and the ability to focus their attention while remaining true to their individual natures, being free to develop to their own potential.
COMMUNICATION & LITERACY
During the TK years, your child will have experiences with communication and literacy will begin to form the basis for their later school success. Your child will be given numerous opportunities to interact with responsive adults and peers in language and print-rich environments. They will develop vocabulary, extended language skills: and knowledge of the world around them. They will develop listening comprehension and phonological awareness; understanding of the everyday functions of print; motivation to read; appreciation for literary forms; and print awareness and letter knowledge. They learn what books are and how to use them. We will foster a love of reading and build future successful students by developing an understanding of the value of literacy as a means of communication. These language and literacy accomplishments are best achieved through activities that are integrated across different developmental areas: cognitive development, fine and gross motor development.
We build on children’s curiosity and enthusiasm, and challenges children to explore ideas about patterns and relationships, order and predictability, and logic and meaning. Consequently, quality instruction occurs in environments that are rich in language, encourage children’s thinking, and nurture children’s explorations and ideas. These ideas include the concepts of number pattern, measurement, shape, space, and classification.
Please write your child’s name on everything. Please bring in your child’s school supplies during parent/teacher orientation, and place in your child’s locker. We will also need to know who will be picking up your child.