Treasures To Grow On seeks to assist parents in meeting the needs of their children in the five developmental domains: physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual. Our programs are Christian in every aspect – Christian principles are woven throughout the school day. Additionally, the school is committed to keeping class sizes small to better meet the developmental needs of each child.
The preschool program is a balanced program of developmentally appropriate play and academics. Children are given opportunities for free play and teacher directed play. Academics are presented using a combination of rote learning, and hands on learning. There is a strong emphasis on developing a love for books and for reading. The letters of the alphabet and their sounds are presented along with other school readiness skills such as rhyming, patterning, sequencing, sorting, categorizing, predicting, opposites, shapes, numbers and counting, and listening and following directions.
Juniors (age 3 by Dec. 1) meet 2 half-days per week – Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon. Class size is 12-16 pupils.
Seniors (age 4 by Dec. 1) meet 3 half-days per week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon. Class size is 12-16 pupils.
The Beginner-garten class is designed for the slightly older preschooler, especially for children who just miss the kindergarten cut-off, but are otherwise ready for kindergarten. This class encompasses the entire program described above plus some additional paper and pencil tasks, and a stronger emphasis on phonics and learning to read. If children are ready, they are taught to read blends, one-vowel words, and simple sentences. Some children progress to the point of learning two-vowel words and special sounds. Since Kindergarten is not mandatory in Michigan, Beginner-garten can be taken in place of Kindergarten, especially if parents desire afternoon classes or prefer 4 half days per week.
Beginner-garten (age 4 ½ by Dec 1.) meets 4 half-days per week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Class size is 12 – 16 pupils. For the 2014-15 school year – a morning Beginner-garten will also be offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The Kindergarten program at Treasures To Grow On is a balanced program of developmentally appropriate academics and play. The curriculum offers a strong phonics-based reading program, handwriting, creative writing, readiness activities, and math, art, music, social studies, science and Bible lessons. The academic learning times are alternated with less structured times including learning centers, free play, snack, and recess. Parent teacher conferences will be held. Report cards will be issued and permanent records will be kept for transfer to the appropriate elementary school.
Please Note: Kindergarten is offered only during the school years when there is enough interest. Contact the school to confirm whether Kindergarten is being offered in any given school year. If there is not enough interest, we offer Beginner-garten as an acceptable alternative.