Veritas School added a K4 program in the Fall of 2013 with the vision of preparing our youngest students to fully engage in the Veritas classroom. The K4 program upholds the same principles and values that have driven our mission in grades K-12 – to glorify God by cultivating students of wisdom and virtue through a Christ-centered, academically rigorous classical education in a classroom that is full of life, joy and hands-on learning opportunities.
One of the primary goals of the K4 program is to develop confident and responsible individuals. There are many ways teachers work on this in the classroom, such as allowing students choices and independence as they carry out tasks and daily jobs. Manners, sharing, taking turns, and cooperative play are taught, modeled and practiced in the classroom. Small class size and experienced, loving teachers create a place where each child knows they are loved and cared for which is essential for the development of happy, healthy students.
The K4 reading program focuses on the skills needed for success in reading in a way that engages young minds. During reading center time, students will be practicing important phonics skills, building vocabulary, and increasing comprehension through a variety of activities that are kinesthetic, auditory, and visual.
Teachers guide students in developing the foundational number concepts that are necessary for all of mathematics. Through hands on experiences, students will also learn skills in patterning, classifying, graphing, and basic geometry.
Even at this young age, children can begin building a foundation for knowledge as they connect historical figures and facts with holiday and seasonal celebrations. Students will develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of community members as they look at the classroom community and compare it to the community in which they live.
Students will use many different media to express their creativity and explore the world of art. As students experience the creative process, they increase fine motor skills as well as become confident and uninhibited in their ability to create art.
The goal of the science curriculum is to help instill a curiosity and wonder about the amazing world that God created. Students will explore various topics including the human body, animal characteristics, and plants. An experiential approach is taken to foster each child’s natural inquisitiveness.
A biblical worldview is central to all that we do in the K4 classroom, Students will memorize Bible verses each week related to the current letter they are focusing on. They will also learn many Bible stories over the course of the year. Students will learn of God’s great love for them, not only through the activities and learning in the classroom, but also through the nurturing attention and guidance of a loving teacher.