Our Purpose

Our purpose is to provide a quality educational program in a Christian environment.  Through age-appropriate activities, we emphasize God’s love for all.  We help each child develop a positive Christian attitude toward themselves, others, and school.

Our goal is to enrich all areas of the child’s development represented by the petals of a flower:

  • COGNITIVE: logical reasoning, problem solving
  • SOCIAL: developing friendships, cooperation
  • EMOTIONAL: security, self-esteem
  • PHYSICAL: motor skills, eye-hand coordination
  • CREATIVE: art, dance, music

Key Facts

Christian Academy of Prescott Preschool uses a Christ-centered curriculum that integrates biblical principles into weekly and monthly themes. The curriculum encourages active, hands-on learning that builds on each child’s unique abilities and learning styles.

Our loving staff of dedicated Christian teachers is qualified to promote the best development of your child. Each has training, education and experience in early childhood education. Our school is fully licensed by the State of Arizona; all employees have been fingerprinted and are CPR/First Aid certified.

Preschool hours are 8:30-11:30am, Monday – Friday. Parents may enroll their child two to five mornings a week.

Other Facts:

  • Flexible schedule: choose your child’s school days
  • Comprehensive curriculum prepares children for Kindergarten success: shapes, colors, numbers, letters, calendar, science, music, math
  • Emphasis on whole-child development: cognitive, social, emotional, physical, creative, spiritual
  • Weekly Chapel
  • 3-hour class times with Extended Care option
  • Ages 2 1/2 – 5 (must be potty trained)
  • Library trips and field trips
  • Special Visitors
  • Handwriting Without Tears and Kindermusik programs
  • Pre-K program fosters Kindergarten readiness in a structured environment with learning centers for math, science, social studies, language arts and Bible study
  • Birthday and Holiday Celebrations
  • Outside play

Preschool Program

Bible

  • Learn about God and Jesus through various Bible stories and characters.
  • Learn that we can use Biblical principles to guide us in everyday relationships.

Reading Readiness and Language Development

  • Begin and expand love for literature and recognize its importance.
  • Begin to learn to recognize upper case letters through rote methods (songs, saying ABC’s etc.)
  • Begin to associate letters with pictures and words.
  • Share books together, listen to stories together.

Math

  • Begin to recognize numbers 1-10
  • Begin to rote count 1-10
  • Learn one-one correspondence 1-5
  • Begin to learn to use numbers and counting in practical, everyday tasks.
  • Learn to recognize and name basic shapes.

Sensory and Science

  • Learn about God’s world through simple, concrete, hands-on experiences.
  • Learn self-control through the use of science and sensory experiences (i.e. pouring, measuring, taking turns, talking about how materials feel, etc.)

Fine Motor Development and Manipulatives

  • Use manipulatives to practice skills – counting, ordering, comparison, sorting, etc.
  • Begin to further develop fine motor skills through the use of manipulatives, playdough, writing materials, etc.

Large Motor Development and Block Play

  • Learn to use blocks in creative ways – problem solve.
  • Learn to use large motor play to vent energy and emotions.

Music (Kindermusik)

  • Use music to stimulate brain development and integration.
  • Learn to sing and play music together
  • Use music to express emotions

Art

  • Begin to learn and recognize the basic primary colors.
  • Learn that one’s own art is important and can tell a story.
  • Learn to see the creative results of working together on project

Dramatic Play

  • Learn to problem solve, create and explore different scenarios
  • Learn to appropriately release emotions through make believe, pretend play.

Pre-Kindergarten Program

Bible

  • Learn that the Bible is relevant to everyday and every aspect of our life.
  • Continue to learn about God and Jesus through various Bible stories and characters.
  • Learn that God has a plan for them.

Reading Readiness and Language Development

  • Learn to recognize letters and their sounds.
  • Learn to write upper and lower case letters and numbers.
  • Learn to recognize familiar words.
  • Continue to learn enjoyment of reading.

Math

  • Learn to count to 20 or more.
  • Learn to recognize and name circle, square, triangle, rectangle, heart, star, oval, octagon and diamond.
  • Learn concepts of matching, patterning, and sequencing.
  • Learn to respond to directions: inside/outside, top/bottom, under/over, etc.
  • Learn to compare sizes, placing objects in a line from smallest to largest..

Sensory and Science

  • Learn to respect life and living things. .
  • Learn to problem solve, predict outcomes, and increase ability to develop critical thinking skills.
  • Observe cause and effect

Fine Motor Development and Manipulatives

  • Classify objects
  • Learn to write the upper case letters
  • Use manipulatives to practice skills – counting, ordering, comparison, sorting, etc

Large Motor Development and Block Play

  • Reinforce cognitive skills (i.e. counting, sequencing, etc)
  • Learn problem solving, inspire creativity, and develop language as ideas are shared..
  • Learn cooperation and teamwork.
  • Learn specialty designed movement activities to practice and improve large and fine motor skills.

Music (Kindermusik)

  • Learn spatial and mathematical reasoning.
  • Aid in long-term learning, pattern recognition, sequencing and memory.
  • Learn to express emotions through music and rhythm.
  • Learn and appreciate music variations from different cultural settings.

Art

  • Learn to explore textures, color variations, etc. through the use of various art mediums.
  • Use open-ended materials to inspire creativity.
  • Learn to work independently or work together on a group project

Dramatic Play

  • Strengthen memory, language skills, logical reasoning, imagination and creativity.
  • Learn cooperation and problem solve with peers.
  • Learn to role-play Bible stories and practical application of Biblical principles.

Faculty and Staff

Preschool Director/Teacher

Jeanne Braaten

Jeanne Braaten joined Christian Academy in 2007 and has over 30 years of experience working in the field of early education, as both a teacher and director. She  received her Associates degree from University of the Rockies. Mrs. Braaten has taught in California, Colorado, and Okinawa, Japan.

As a preschool, we want to ‘plant the seeds for a love of learning.’ This is where God wants me to be, and I enjoy working with the little ones.  I feel so blessed to be here.”

PreKindergarten Teacher

JoAnn Reed

JoAnn Reed joined CAP in 2012 with over 20 years of Early Childhood experience and has earned her Child Development Associate Credential.  She and her husband are recent transplants to Prescott from Minnesota.  Special interests in the classroom are storytelling, music, and science.

“Working in a Christian environment is such a privilege.  It is exciting to be a partner with parents in the growth of our littlest students, celebrating each and every spiritual, academic, social, emotional, and physical milestone with them.

Admissions

Christian Academy of Prescott Preschool has open enrollment year-round.  For an application, please use the link on the Resources tab to the left.  For information on classes, please call (928) 445-2565.  We would like to show you our wonderful center and introduce you to our incredible teachers.  Please call and schedule a tour today!

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