SMCA’s Pre-Kindergarten is often the first formal school experience for many children. We strive to form positive attitudes and habits to insure a smooth transition from a home or preschool environment to a school and classroom environment. This goal is accomplished through a developmentally appropriate curriculum that integrates a variety of subjects and skills necessary for the academic, social, physical and emotional growth and development of all our students.
Our academic concepts of language, pre-reading, reading and math are introduced. Lessons and projects are activity based, enabling children to learn through exploration and discovery while also developing fine and gross motor skills. Skills are acquired through hands-on experiences and social interactions with peers. Manipulative tools as well as digital tools are an integral component of daily lessons. Learning games are integrated daily through a variety of experiences and enrichment activities.
SMCA is devoted to the holistic development of our students. Teachers help the students to learn the joys of being kind to one another, making good choices, and praising God.
Development screenings (Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3) are conducted on all K2 through K5 students each year. These screenings help pinpoint developmental progress and creates a snapshot needed to catch delays and celebrate milestones. Evidence show that the earlier development is assessed — the greater the chance a child has to reach his or her potential. Learn more about ASQ-3.
Preschool and Elementary students are involved in community service projects throughout the year. Past projects include coat, mitten, and pajama drives, local food bank donations, Safe Night food and supply preparation, Operation Christmas Child, and donations to other schools that have experienced disasters.
As students learn about cultures and children around the world, they collected “Change for China” and sent scripture-filled Valentines to our school missionary in China.
SMCA is licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of Child Care.