Atholton Adventist Academy - Columbia, Maryland 21044
Educating for Eternity
The early childhood program (Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten) establishes a solid foundation for skills that are necessary in order to be successful in the succeeding years of school. Students learn the value of getting along with others as they develop a desire to learn, use their natural curiosity to explore the world around them, hone critical academic skills, and increase their confidence in their own individual abilities.
The Pre-Kindergarten program is designed to address the developmental differences and learning preferences of the emergent learner. Planned learning activities and materials appropriate to the child’s developmental age are combined with a positive, warm, healthy, and safe environment to give children an opportunity to gain self-confidence and master skills.
Pre-Kindergarten students participate in language arts, math, science, creative art, dramatic play, music, and computers through learning centers and group activities. The curriculum is presented in thematic units that are designed to promote optimal physical, mental, social, and spiritual growth in each child. Classroom instruction meets state standards.
Kindergarten is the first direct contact with school that many students experience. Atholton Adventist Academy wants this initial contact to be a positive, happy experience. Students begin school at varying levels of developmental growth. To meet the needs of each student individually, Atholton Adventist Academy has designed a curriculum that incorporates classroom activities and learning centers to help students develop physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually and to nurture their natural curiosity and desire to learn. Kindergarten instruction provides readiness training that prepares students for the next levels of their education. Following Kindergarten, Grade 1 placement is determined by testing and teacher evaluation.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten participate in Physical Education daily. Computers augment the regular curriculum through educational software used for reading, math, and other curricular areas.