Research has shown that enrichment programs such as foreign language, music, library, physical education, and art can benefit your child in every area of development and can promote academic achievement.
Each week our Art teacher develops age-appropriate lesson plans for the range of ages and introduces different art techniques for each class. She introduces a variety of mediums over the course of the school year. Students will complete drawing projects, painting projects and create objects out of different manipulatives. She also instructs students in art history, introducing them to well-known artists and art movements to develop an appreciation for art in the students. Palm Beach Christian Academy has had the opportunity to participate in ArtiGrass and has had students place in the competition.
Once a week our students go to Chapel. Students worship the Lord through singing, hand and body movements, praying, and Bible truths taught by Pastors of Family Church. Students are eager to recite their memory verses in front of their peers each week. Topics vary and are age appropriate with lessons designed to challenge our students to live out their faith in class, in extracurricular activities, and in the home. The lessons are aligned with their Bible curriculum taught in their respective classes and are developed to be relevant to each child’s daily walk and in building a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Each week, students from toddler age through elementary grades participate in an interactive story time with our school librarian. Preschool classes are fun and theme driven, focusing on emerging literacy skills by integrating picture books, flannel board activities, nursery rhymes, music, and imagination. Elementary students are exposed to different literary genres as well as noteworthy authors and illustrators. They participate in engaging literacy enrichment activities including book inspired crafts, music, and our sensory “mystery bag”. Elementary students are also invited to check out age-appropriate books from our library collection.
Music and Movement
Once a week, our music teacher brings musical instruction to the Two’s, Three’s, Pre-kindergarten, and Elementary classes. Children learn to praise the Lord through singing, hand and body movements, and with rhythm instruments. Children are introduced to the various instruments of the orchestra and are given an opportunity to play some of the instruments. They are introduced to the “note family” and learn to recognize notes, note values, and simple rhythms.
We offer our Two-year old, Three-year-old, Pre-kindergarten, and Elementary students physical education classes once a week. Lesson plans include many activities that help improve gross motor skills. The students will work on team building skills and also experience the joys of being active! Being involved in physical activity makes kids feel good and can help improve their confidence and self-esteem.
Once a week, our Spanish teacher drops by to instruct the Two-year-olds, Three-year-olds, Pre-kindergarten, and Elementary classes in Spanish. The children learn the vocabulary through a series of techniques and activities. Our Spanish class uses games, songs, flashcards, puppets, and other hands-on material to reinforce the language.
After-school clubs are offered throughout the school year to prekindergarten and elementary students. Club offering may vary throughout the year, but may include clubs such as sports, music, art, and drama clubs.