If kindergarten is right around the corner for your child, it’s natural to feel a mix of emotions. You’re excited for this significant milestone, but maybe a little apprehensive too.
Is my child ready….academically, socially, and emotionally?
Is a half-day or full-day kindergarten program right for us?
How can we choose a school that aligns with our family’s beliefs and values?
These are questions that every parent asks themselves when choosing a school, and we’re here to help. Finding the right kindergarten program not only allows your child to develop a strong academic foundation, it instills in them a love for learning. Here at Fredericksburg Christian, we partner with parents to provide a well-rounded experience that points each student to God’s truth.
Sparking Curiosity Through Hands-on Learning
Kindergartners are natural learners. We make the most of this formative year by providing an engaging curriculum filled with opportunities for hands-on learning. Students work on creative projects in small groups, utilize age-appropriate technology, and learn to be a part of a structured classroom. Most importantly, they master foundational skills (things like memorizing sight words, reading one- and two-vowel words, and recognizing numbers up to 100) in a way that feels like fun!
Core Subject Areas:
- Language Arts/Reading
- Social Studies
Fostering Each Child’s Biblical Worldview
In addition to developing academic skills, we want each child to have a solid foundation in Christ. This begins with Bible study, meaningful application opportunities, and consistent character education. At FCS, you will find that teachers are passionate about helping each child discover his or her identity in Christ. Kindergartners learn about creation, the life of Jesus, missionary stories, and much more, as they develop a biblical worldview.
- Build an understanding of salvation through The Wordless Book
- Learn many Bible stories and how they apply to our lives today
- Sing a variety of worship songs and memorize scripture weekly
- Participate in service projects, such as Operation Christmas Child, to share the love of Jesus with others
Helping Students Discover Their Gifts
Education comes to life when students are able to discover their God-given interests (gifts?) and talents. We are committed to a well-rounded experience that nurtures each student’s unique skills and helps them see how they can make a difference in the world. We offer weekly special courses which include:
When possible, we also incorporate field trips and special events into our curriculum units. We often hear students talk about their favorites, which include:
- Visual Arts Festival
- Grandparents/Special Friends’ Day
- Field Day
- Flat Stanley Projects
- Friends of the Rappahannock Trip
- Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Trip
- Fire Station Visit
As students progress into higher grades at FCS, they discover a multitude of opportunities to hone their skills — clubs and organizations, competitive athletics, fine arts, service learning, and much more!
How old does my child have to be to enter kindergarten at FCS?
Five years old by September 30 of the school year.
What is your kindergarten schedule?
Our half-day academic program runs from 8:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Families can opt-in for full-day care with dismissal at 3:15, or extended care which runs until 6:00 p.m.
What might my child’s day look like?
- Morning routine — pledges, prayer, and Bible time
- Snack Time
- Science or Social Studies
- Specials ( Music, Art, P.E., Library, or Computers)
Students who stay for the second half of the day will then have lunch and a rest time. The afternoon consists of activities such as manipulatives, iPads, arts and crafts, and outdoor play.
What are your kindergarten class sizes like? What size are your kindergarten classes?
Our three kindergarten classes have about 20 students each, with one lead teacher and one assistant teacher, making our student-to-teacher ratio 10:1.
Have additional questions or want to learn more? Download our KinderReady Guide, or contact us at (540) 373-5355.