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Teaching Team

Linda Noah

Linda Noah

Portland Christian Center

Pastoral Oversight

Cindy Easton

Cindy Easton

Hilltop School Administrator

Kelly Anderton

Kelly Anderton

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Laura Dickson

Laura Dickson

Preschool Fours Teacher

Katie Leach

Katie Leach

Preschool Threes Teacher

Deanna Prior

Deanna Prior

Assistant to the Administrator

Meredith Tento

Meredith Tento

Kindergarten Teacher

Three's Class

Overview

Developed for children who are turning three by September 1, our Three’s Class is rich in oral language and early literacy development, while at the same time providing many opportunities for sensory exploration, self-expression, and purposeful play. We provide a hands-on, exploratory science program which includes age-appropriate experiments. Our art program is a combination of project-oriented crafts, and process-oriented self-expression. Numbers and pre-math concepts are presented using the calendar, math manipulatives for sorting and patterning, and rote counting. God is honored in all aspects of our curriculum, and our Bible curriculum is positive and age-appropriate.

Circle time provides a time when everyone gets together to greet one another, accomplish daily routines, read a story, sing, or any other readiness activity as a whole class. During table time, students are divided into smaller groups to do activities and/or projects with a teacher guiding and helping them. Smaller groups give children more individual attention and also a chance to interact with other children. It also teaches the students listening skills, waiting for a turn, and respecting the work of others. Our recess time is held both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting), and gives the students an opportunity to use their bodies, have more freedom to be loud, and to test their bodies and their environment. Sharing food together during our snack time is a pleasant way for children and teachers to socialize. Students are also learning manners and respect, about health and nutrition, how to make conversation, and how to work together during this time.

Three’s Class Objectives:

  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Introduction to name, sound, and formation letters Aa through Zz
  • Small and Large Muscle Development
  • Color and Shape Recognition
  • Number Recognition, Counting, and One-to-One Correspondence 1 to 15
  • Patterns and Graphing
  • Sensory Development
  • Character Development
  • Spiritual Development
Inside the Three’s Classroom
8:25 Opening Activities/Productive Play
8:50 Clean Up
8:55 Circle Time – Prayer, Bible, Story, Calendar, Numbers
9:15 Restroom Break and Drinks
9:25 Phonics
9:40 Spanish/Music
10:00 Recess
 10:20 Snack/Library Time
10:45 Story
10:50 Art/Science/Bible/Humanities
11:20 Clean Up
11:25 Closing Circle – Review the Day
11:30 Dismiss

* Spanish is integrated into the weekly curriculum

* An exploration of fun and vibrant music is included in the learning experience

Four's Class

Overview

Developed for children who are turning three and one-half by September 1st, (or three by March 1st) our Four’s Class is rich in oral language and early literacy development, and is tailored for the slightly older preschooler than our Three’s program. This class provides opportunities to develop a longer attention span and focusing skills, while at the same time integrating sensory exploration, self-expression, and purposeful play. We provide a hands-on, exploratory Science program which includes age-appropriate experiments. Our Art program is a combination of project-oriented crafts, and process-oriented self-expression. Numbers and pre-math concepts are presented using the calendar, math manipulatives for sorting and patterning, and rote counting. God is honored in all aspects of our curriculum, and our Bible curriculum is positive and age-appropriate.

Circle time provides a time when everyone gets together to greet one another, accomplish daily routines, read a story, sing, or any other readiness activity as a whole class. During table time, students are divided into smaller groups to do activities and/or projects with a teacher guiding and helping them. Smaller groups give children more individual attention and also a chance to interact with other children. It also teaches the students listening skills, waiting for a turn, and respecting the work of others. Our recess time is held both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting), and gives the students an opportunity to use their bodies, have more freedom to be loud, and to test their bodies and their environment. Sharing food together during our snack time is a pleasant way for children and teachers to socialize. Students are also learning manners and respect, about health and nutrition, how to make conversation, and how to work together.

Four’s Class Objectives:

  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Name, sound, and formation of letters Aa through Zz
  • Small and Large Muscle Development
  • Color and Shape Recognition
  • Number Recognition, Counting, and One-to-One Correspondence 1 to 20
  • Patterns and Graphing
  • Sensory Development
  • Character Development
  • Spiritual Development
Inside the Four’s Classroom
8:25 Discovery Centers/Free Choice
8:50 Clean Up
9:00 Prayer, Pledge, Jobs, Day Schedule
9:10 Seat Work (Fine Motor Skill Development), Phonics, Artwork
9:30 Bathroom/Independent Book
9:40  Spanish/Music
10:00 Recess
10:20 Bathroom Break
10:30 Snack
10:45 Story Time / Language Development
11:00 Math Skills Development
11:15 Language Skills/Sharing
11:30 Prayer and Dismiss

* Spanish is integrated into the weekly curriculum

* An exploration of fun and vibrant music is included in the learning experience

Pre-Kindergarten

Overview

Developed for children who are turning four by September 1, our Pre-Kindergarten class is bursting with opportunities for children to grow socially, academically and spiritually. We provide phonics groups that are interactive and allow your child to learn at a pace that fits their needs. Our art program is focused on process-orientated self-expression, which allows your child to gain confidence and creativity. Math is presented using a calendar, math manipulative, both oral and written counting, and through the introduction of many other mathematical concepts (addition, subtraction, patterns, etc.). Writing is interwoven throughout the curriculum. God is honored in all aspects of our curriculum, and our Bible curriculum is positive and age-appropriate.

Pre-Kindergarten Class Objectives:

  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Phonological Awareness: Rhyming, Clapping, syllables, and Alliteration
  • Letter Recognition and Beginning Sounds in order Aa-Zz
  • Vowel sounds with emphasis on short vowels
  • Print Awareness and Emergent Reading
  • Small and Large Muscle Development
  • Color and Shape Recognition
  • Number Recognition, Counting and One-to-One Correspondence
  • Sequencing, Predicting, and Graphing
  • Problem Solving
  • Sensory Discrimination
  • Developmental Writing
  • Character Development
Inside the Pre-Kindergarten Classroom
8:25 Class Opens/Free Time
8:35 Roll Call/Helpers/Weather/Calendar
8:50 Language Arts/Phonics/Writing
9:40 Recess
10:00 Restroom/Wash Hands
10:10 Bible/Prayer
10:20 Snack/Sharing Bag/Free Choice (10:25 on T/TH)
10:40 Math (10:45 on T/TH)
11:00 Social Studies/Science/Music/Art
11:15 Spanish (Monday & Tuesday)
11:30 Dismissal (M/W/F) or Lunch/Recess
12:15 Social Studies/Science
12:45 Art/Messy Art (Thursday)
 1:15 Story/Music/Movement Poems/Review
1:30 Dismissal (T/TH)

*Spanish Language Skills are integrated into the classroom once a week.

* World Cultural studies are presented each month.

Kindergarten

Overview

Developed for children who are turning five by September 1, our Kindergarten class is bursting with opportunities for children to grow socially, academically and spiritually. We provide phonics practice in many areas, including short and long vowel sounds, consonants, and vowel blends, one and two-vowel words, special sounds and sentence comprehension. Our program is designed to provide many strategies to assist the students to become independent readers at their appropriate reading level.

Our math program provides bright, colorful lessons and varied activities to bring success and enjoyment to each student. Some of the concepts covered; counting, identification and addition of coins, telling time, patterns, addition and subtraction, measurement, odd and even numbers, fractions, identification of geometric solids and greater or less than. Writing skills are developed during our Kindergarten year with handwriting practice to early writing strategies taught through journal writing.

Kindergarten students learn about science through interactive questioning, hands-on learning, multisensory methods, student-to-student interaction, discourse, and reflective thinking and reading and research. All students enjoy hands-on learning. God is honored in all aspects of our curriculum, and our Bible curriculum is positive and age-appropriate.

Kindergarten Class Objectives:

  • Social/ Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Phonological Awareness: Rhyming, Clapping, Syllables, and Alliteration
  • Letter Sound Recognition
  • Short and Long Vowel Recognition
  • Blending Sounds
  • Special Sounds Recognition
  • Develop Reading Strategies
  • Early Writing Strategies in Journals
  • Small and Large Muscle Development
  • Number Recognition and writing numbers
  • Sequencing, Predicting, Patterning and Graphing
  • Problem Solving
  • Character Development

Inside the Classroom

8:25 Assembly and Pledges
8:40 Opening / Calendar
9:00 Smart Centers / Reading
10:00 Recess
10:20 Bathroom / Snack / Story
10:45 Math Concept (T/W/TH)
10:50 Physical Education (M)
10:50 Computer / Library (F)
11:00 Language Arts (T/W/TH)
11:30 Clean Up
11:45 Lunch / Recess / Restroom
12:30 Bible
 1:00 Science / Social Studies / Health / Art /  Thematic Studies
 1:50 Show & Tell / Super Bees / Review / Pack Up
 2:00 Dismissal / Car Line

* World Cultural Studies are presented throughout the year. 

* Science Fair during our Spring Fling includes extensive Rain Forest Studies and Project.

More Information

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