PRESCHOOL - K4

Footsteps for Fours from BJU Press presents active, hands-on learning and includes a balance of individual activities as well as suggested group activities. Daily math, phonics, and prereading lessons are interspersed with age-appropriate music, science, language arts, social studies, and handwriting segments. At AoE we incorporate lessons that promote comprehension and interaction and offer flexibility for all types of learners at all stages of learning.

Key concepts are solidified using math manipulatives, cooking experiences, and periodic review. Each Bible story teaches a simple truth about God. Early handwriting skills and age-appropriate phonics are taught with songs and colorful visuals that will keep your preschoolers happy and engaged.

BIBLE

Using the Bible Truths story cards from BJU Press, students are taught from an early age the timeless stories and truths from the sacred Scriptures.

Character Emphasis

Character traits emphasized in application stories show children their need of Christ as Savior and demonstrate ways to apply biblical principles to personal-life situations.

Content

Bible stories from Old and New Testaments illustrate character traits including obedience (David), courage (Esther), kindness (Elisha), responsibility (Joseph), thankfulness (Timothy), contentment (Paul), generosity (the Wise Men), honesty (Paul’s nephew), prayer (Elijah), forgiveness (Jesus), trust (Noah), respect (Josiah), and patience (Abraham). Ultimately character traits are based on Christ’s perfect example.

Bible Truths for Life

13 questions and answers correlated with Bible content and memory verses.

Listening and Literature

Traditional literature; realistic and fanciful prose and poetry, nursery rhymes

  • Vocabulary development and enrichment
  • Auditory memory; sound by direction, pitch, tempo and volume; rhyming words
  • Listening questions to develop literal, interpretive, critical, and appreciative comprehension
  • Dictation of group-writing experiences; sentence completions; sequencing of stories
Pre-Reading
  • Language acquisition and development
  • Recognition of alphabet letters
  • Phonemic awareness of alphabet sounds /a/–/z/
  • Letter-sound recognition of medial short-vowel sounds; initial and final consonants
  • Optional beginning reading strand for eager learners
Handwriting
  • Correct posture, pencil hold, and paper placement
  • Prewriting skills; finger tracing and pencil tracking of left-to-right, vertical, horizontal, diagonal, zig-zag, and curved line
  • Uppercase and lowercase PreCursive alphabet; numerals 0–12
MATH
  • Number recognition 0–20; counting to 100; shape recognition; pattern sequencing; color sequencing
  • Calendar, clock, coins, measurement, dot patterns, number sets, number line, ordinals, fractions
  • Position words
SCIENCE
  • Environment: seasonal changes of plants and animals; animal families and animal homes
  • Hands-on: experiments, cooking, weather, space, magnets
HISTORY
  • Concepts of God’s plan for the child and his family
  • Patriotism, patriotic symbols, holidays
  • Community helpers, transportation
HISTORY

Art

Arts and craft activities correlated with unit themes

Motor

 Fine and gross motor development activities; games, action rhymes and action songs

Music

  • Songs, rhymes, and musical games
  • Additional music strand to complement lessons through movement, rhythm instruments, retelling of story, games, and songs