Kindergarten age requirement: Must be age 5 by August 15
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14
MJCA offers a full-day Kindergarten program with advanced reading books as well as many visual aids to enhance learning in Bible, phonics, and reading. Developmental activities re-enforce our strong academic program, and Christian curriculum is used in character development and science. Kindergarten students participate in the following special classes: art, music, library, physical education and computer.
Our goals are to:
•Provide a Christian atmosphere where God's love is openly expressed.
•Ensure a smooth transition from home to school.
•Inspire language development.
•Allow for plenty of opportunities at cooperative learning and play.
•Provide a solid academic foundation.
•Maintain a program where all children have the opportunity to feel the joy of achievement.
In fulfilling our purpose, we accept the challenge to help students grow in "wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." Therefore, our program emphasizes spiritual, mental, social, and physical development.
Elementary school is where students first formulate a vision of what life is about. It is MJCA's purpose to provide a sound academic education with a Christian world-view. Children love to learn! It is our goal to teach them biblical principles that will give them a foundation for life. We desire to partner with the family in educating the child in mind, spirit and body. We call this "Kingdom Education." It is like planting seeds in fertile ground. While we don't always get to see the harvest of the crop, we do know that God's Word will not return void. Our hope is that we will plant the seed of God's Word in students that will bring a harvest of fruitfulness for years to come!
MJCA takes seriously the responsibility to be a quality school with an instructional program for elementary students that is biblically centered and encourages the educational growth of each student. All instructional areas are Christ-centered, Kingdom Education. Our elementary program is a great place to begin the "Kingdom Education" process of planting seeds in fertile ground.
Language Arts - The language arts area consists of English, reading, and spelling. Phonics is taught in the first and second grades with comprehension skills stressed as the child matures in reading. Grammar, punctuation, and good writing skills are emphasized. The Bible is used as a literary model and quality literature is selected to enhance the total language arts experience. It is MJCA's belief that a strong language arts program is the basis for a quality education.
Mathematics - The goal of the mathematics curriculum is to teach the student basic math procedures, to become familiar with mathematical language, to increase logical reasoning, to develop computational proficiency, to practice math skills as they pertain to life, to use formulas and math aids such as protractors and calculators, to use place value in writing numerals and solving equations, and to solve word problems. Math is orderly, and we are able to stress the orderliness of God in creation. Math is taught from the viewpoint of using skills to be better stewards of time, money and self.
Science - Elementary students study and learn science concepts that are based on God's Word. They are taught to see the world as God's creation and to see His plan as revealed in His orderly creation. Students learn scientific principles and utilize hands-on activities to comprehend science concepts. Our science program includes concepts found in health, earth science, astronomy, biology, animal life and physical science.
Social Studies - The purpose of the social studies program is to create an awareness of community, state, country, and the world. Students are taught a basic knowledge of map skills, geography terms, and to trace the steps of Christianity in history. Students grasp a knowledge of their city, state, country, and their history. Students are introduced to missionaries and outstanding people God has used in history to complete His plan. Classroom discussion integrates God's history with God's Word. Students are encouraged to be good citizens as a testimony of the Christian faith.
Bible - The purpose of Bible classes is to develop an understanding of who God is, why He made us, and our role as Christians in society. Our goal is to introduce each student to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and to nurture those students who have the assurance of salvation. Application of biblical principles into daily life is stressed. Our desire is to create within each student a security in the fact that God created them uniquely and in His image and that He has a plan and a purpose for their lives. Memorization, Bible drills and other learning helps are utilized to establish God's Word in each student's heart.
Special Areas - Students in grades 1-5 take special classes in physical education, art instruction, library, computer and music. Students in grade 5 may elect to take chorus and/or band.