Curriculum

The possibilities for enhancing a child's knowledge are limitless.  Our wide range of curriculum materials focus on literacy, character education, language development, math, science, and more.  Learning begins at birth; and we know children are never too young to be taught the love of God.  Please read the information below for detailed criteria of our curriculum.
 
  Central Christian Academy implements Pinnacle and Core Knowledge Curriculum for children’s educational needs.  We use a very hands-on sensori -motor approach to learning in the classroom.   
 
Pinnacle and Core Knowledge is a research-based early childhood curriculum, designed with both teachers and students in mind. Based on the works of Piaget, Gardner, and Erikson, Pinnacle provides teachers with lessons that engage children in developmentally appropriate activities. Pinnacle is published in an easy-to-use format that includes lesson plan guides, activity enrichments, and long range goals linked to key standards. Comprehensive programs are offered for Infants, Toddlers, Two's, Three’s, Four’s, and School-Age children.
  • Based on the works of Piaget, Gardner, and Erikson
  • Developmentally appropriate activities that adhere to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) www.naeyc.org guidelines
  •  Clearly stated learning objectives to help facilitate learning in all domains
  •  Flexible programming to accommodate varied learning styles
  •  Carefully selected themes that capture children’s interest
  •  Long-range goals linked to Key Standards
  •  Provides suggestions to enrich developmental milestones based on research
  •  Interactive activities that help children develop a love for learning while they are growing, playing, and having fun
  •  Easy to follow daily or weekly format
  •  Includes Lesson Plan Guides
  •  Options for enriching activity centers and circle times every day
  • Suggested book lists related to theme
  • Patterns included for teacher use and classroom enrichment
  • Five weeks of curriculum for each month
  • Comprehensive Age-Specific Programs for Infants, Toddlers, Twos, Threes, Fours and School-Age children
About Core Knowledge Curriculum
For the sake of academic excellence, greater equity and higher literacy, elementary and middle schools need to teach a coherent, cumulative, and content-specific core curriculum.
Our society cannot afford a two-tiered system in which the affluent have access to a superior education, while everyone else is subjected to a dull and incoherent classroom experience. Academic excellence, educational equity and fairness demands a strong foundation of knowledge for all learners.
— E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
 
Coherent
The Core Knowledge Sequence is predicated on the realization that what children are able to learn at any given moment depends on what they already know–and, equally important, that what they know is a function of previous experience and teaching. Although current events and technology are constantly changing, there is a body of lasting knowledge and skills that form the core of a strong preschool—Grade 8 curriculum. Explicit identification of what children should learn at each grade level ensures a coherent approach to building knowledge across all grade levels. Every child should learn the fundamentals of science, basic principles of government, important events in world history, essential elements of mathematics, widely acknowledged masterpieces of art and music from around the world, and stories and poems passed down from generation to generation.
 
Cumulative
Core Knowledge provides a clear outline of content to be learned grade by grade so that knowledge, language, and skills build cumulatively from year to year. This sequential building of knowledge not only helps ensure that children enter each new grade ready to learn, it also helps prevent the repetitions and gaps that so often characterize current education. No more repeated units in multiple years on the rain forest, with little or no attention to the Bill of Rights, world geography, or exposure to other cultures. Core Knowledge sets high expectations for all children that are achievable thanks to the cumulative, sequential way that knowledge and skills builds. Teachers in Core Knowledge schools have assurance that children will emerge well prepared with a shared body of knowledge and skills.
 
Content-Specific
A typical state or district curriculum says, “Students will demonstrate knowledge of people, events, ideas, and movements that contributed to the development of the United States.” But which people and events? Which ideas and movements? The Core Knowledge Sequence is distinguished by its specificity. By clearly specifying important knowledge in language arts, history, geography, math, science, and the fine arts, the Core Knowledge Sequence presents a practical answer to the question, “What do our children need to know?”  Teachers are free to devote their energies and efforts to creatively planning how to teach the content to the children in their classrooms.

Preschool Sequence at a Glance

The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence and Teacher Handbook reflects each of the established critical areas in the development of young children. Within these developmental areas, the Preschool Sequence focuses upon nine domains or content areas; each domain covers developmentally appropriate goals for three-, four-, and five-year-olds. These goals are broken down into specific, measurable, and sequential skills upon which teachers plan and implement the Core Knowledge curriculum.
 

Physical Well-being and Motor Development:

  • Movement and Coordination:
  • Physical Attention and Relaxation
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Eye-Hand and Eye-Foot Coordination
  • Group Games
  • Creative Movement and Expression
  • Social and Emotional Development Autonomy and Social Skills:
  • Sense of Self and Personal Responsibility
  • Working in a Group Setting
  • Approaches to Learning Work Habits:
  • Memory Skills
  • Following Directions
  • Task Persistence and Completion
  • Language and Literacy Development
Oral Language:
  • Functions of Language (Uses of Communication)
  • Forms of Language (Vocabulary and Syntax)
  • Nursery Rhymes, Poems, Fingerplays, and Songs:
  • Develop Memorization Skills
  • Develop a Sense of Rhyme
  • Storybook Reading and Storytelling:
  • Listen to and Participate in Stories Read Aloud
  • Develop a Notion of Story Schema
  • Develop Awareness of Book and Print Organization
  • Emerging Literacy Skills:
  • Develop Awareness of Written Print and its Uses
  • Develop Awareness of the Structure of Print
  • Develop Phonemic Awareness
  • Develop Fine Motor Skills and Writing Strokes
  • Knowledge Acquisition and Cognitive Development
Mathematics:
  • Patterns and Classification
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Numbers and Number Sense
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Money
  • Orientation in Time:
  • Vocabulary
  • Measures of Time
  • Passage of Time (Past, Present, and Future)
Orientation in Space:
  • Vocabulary
  • Actual and Represented Space
  • Simple Maps
  • Basic Geographical Concepts
Science:
  • Investigation and Observation
  • Understanding the Living World
  • Understanding the Physical World
Music:
  • Attention to Differences in Sound
  • Imitate and Produce Sounds
  • Listen and Sing
  • Listen and Move
  • Visual Arts:
  • Attention to Visual Detail
  • Creating Art
  • Looking at & Talking about Art
  *Each child will go home each day with a daily sheet about the core curriculum, thematic topics for that day.  You will always be involved in your child’s education.
  Bible Basis:  Pinnacle Curriculum is a Bible based curriculum.  We do daily Bible lessons each day in circle time as well as weekly scriptures for each class.  Ages 3 and up participate in simple scripture memorization.  Our behavior guidance policy is Biblically based and located in the parent handbook.  Our music program is also Biblically based and conducted twice per year.  We link our faith based standards in to everything we do here at CCA, not just in circle time, but our daily language, activities and expectations as well.