Veritas School has been providing the Richmond community with a classical, Christian education for 13 years and is pleased to announce the addition of a pre-kindergarten program. The primary target for the program will be for families already enrolled at Veritas, or families that intend to enroll at Veritas. In that sense, our Pre-K program is a feeder program for our K-12 offering. However, as space allows, applications will be accepted and considered from the community at-large. The Pre-K program will uphold 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.Social/Emotional Skills One of the primary goals of the pre-kindergarten 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 within the classroom. Manners, sharing, taking turns, and cooperative play are taught, modeled and practiced in the classroom. Small class sizes 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. Reading The pre-kindergarten reading program focuses on the skills needed for success in reading in a way that engages young minds. During reading station time students will be mastering important phonics skills, building vocabulary, and increasing comprehension through a variety of activities that are kinesthetic, auditory, and visual. Math The math program focuses on 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. History/Social Studies 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. Art Students will use many different media to express their creativity and explore the world of art. As students experience the creative process, they build confidence, increase fine motor skills, and feel confident and uninhibited in their ability to create art. Science 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. Bible A Biblical worldview is central to all that we do in the pre-kindergarten classroom and is integrated throughout the entire program. God’s Amazing Creation is our curriculum theme. Students will memorize Bible verses and learn many Bible stories related to this theme. Each student will learn of God’s great love for him/her not only through the activities and learning in the classroom, but also through the nurturing attention and guidance of a loving teacher.