When a child is between the ages of 2 and 5, every experience is a learning opportunity. Like little sponges, they soak up everything around them. It creates opportunities to lay an educational foundation that prepares children for future learning. Every time they sing the alphabet or count to 10, they are picking up on basic skills and concepts. Every time they hear a Bible story, they are being introduced to foundational Christian values.
As a preschool director or a teacher, you have the opportunity, in conjunction with their parents, to build upon these skills and help students develop an educational and biblical foundation that will prepare them for the academic demands of school. That’s why choosing an age-appropriate, academic, preschool curriculum is so important.
Ages and Stages
One way to define preschool is any type of structured learning before the 1st grade. This includes 2-year-olds, 3-year olds, K4, and K5.
2- and 3-Year Olds
We recognize the differences in cognitive and motor-skill development between 2- and 3-year-olds, which is why we offer separate programs for each age group. Children are introduced to foundational academic concepts such as phonics, numbers, art, and the Bible with the help of Amber Lamb and Button Bear. Flashcards, coloring sheets, and songs are used together in a variety of ways to help these little minds learn. They’ll begin to recognize letter sounds and shapes, learn phonics and number concepts, practice listening skills and hand-eye coordination, develop early writing skills, and find out how to be kind, love God, share, obey, tell the truth, and be helpers.
K4 and K5 (Kindergarten)
Our K4 curriculum and K5 curriculum cover similar concepts and skills, but, like our curricula for 2- and 3-year-olds, we treat them as two distinct, age-appropriate programs. The Abeka preschool program for K4 serves as a bridge between a preschool experience and kindergarten, while our K5 program prepares 5-year-olds for a life of learning.
Our kindergarten curriculum gives students a solid foundation of basic skills through a balanced academic program that takes every facet of development into account and covers the basic subjects. Students will be exposed to Language Arts (phonics, reading, and writing), Numbers, Science & Health, Social Studies, Fine Arts, and Bible.
What Sets Abeka’s Preschool Curriculum Apart
Love of Learning
The Abeka preschool curriculum is formatted and illustrated in a way that instills a love of learning at an early age! Our program turns playtime into learning time, laying a strong academic foundation that prepares each child for the next level of their educational journey.
One way we make learning fun is with Amber Lamb and Button Bear. These two fun mascots engage students in ways that words can’t. Numbers and Skills with Button Bear and Arts and Crafts with Amber Lamb provide teachers with projects, games, coloring sheets, and more to help children learn the basics and build a solid foundation for a love of learning.
In addition to educational and social development, building character based on biblical truths is essential for preschool-aged children. Not only is there a preschool Bible curriculum as part of the Abeka program, but our entire program is also biblically-based, planting seeds of faith in children all through the year.
To see how we incorporate biblical truths into every subject, check out our science curriculum for K5, God’s World. This curriculum will help your students develop their love for science while teaching them about God’s world. Students will be introduced to concepts such as health, seeds, animals, the seashore, weather, and seasons. Meanwhile, they’ll learn that God has given His entire world a specific purpose.
Abeka is an age-appropriate curriculum for preschool that takes into consideration the differences in motor skills and cognitive abilities among preschoolers, which is why our curriculum is broken up into 2-year-old, 3-year-old, K4, K5 programs. With Abeka, they’ll experience early success at realistic learning milestones.
For example, our Readiness Skills book for K4 students builds on what they’ve been learning and reinforces some basic kindergarten concepts including the different colors, animals, shapes, and familiar places to help them prepare for moving on to K5.
Engaging and Fun
Any early childhood education program should recognize that preschoolers yearn for hands-on activities and really just want to have fun! The Abeka preschool curriculum fosters preschool learning with fun activities, colorful teaching aids, and durable resources that invite lots of child involvement.
We incorporate games into our curriculum to help students better grasp concepts in engaging ways. With our Learning Games, Cookie the Clown, the Teddy Bear Friends, and more entertaining games can be a part of your students’ learning experience. With ten different games to play, you will have creative ways to review phonics, counting, letters, Bible stories, and more.
Easy to Use
We ensure our teachers have everything they need to help their classroom succeed. Abeka’s preschool curriculum kits include Curriculum Lesson Plans born from years of accumulated wisdom and experience of Christian educators that offer guidance and direction for teachers. In fact, these lesson plans are designed to help even first-time teachers to succeed in the classroom.
For example, the K4 Total Teaching Package comes with the Curriculum Teacher’s Guide, Teacher Editions of student texts, plus all the charts, games, and teaching aids that are called for in the lesson. With this package, you’ll be equipped with the right tools to have an engaging and successful school year.