The LCA staff brings talent and skill to the classroom, along with a love for children, God and Christian education. In compliance with the State of Texas Childcare Licensing guidelines, all LCA staff members have been fingerprinted, have an approved background check, and are CPR & first aid certified. Teachers are also required to attend 24 hours of continuing education hours per year. Our classrooms are a safe place for your child to learn and are equipped with closed-circuit security cameras. Our staff is available for parent conferences, and specific goals for your child.
In conjunction with classroom curriculum, students attend enrichment classes each week.
Physical education classes are lead by our P.E. and gymnastics teacher. Students are taught to work in cooperation, follow safety rules, develop gross motor skills, basic health awareness and body/muscle development. Students benefit from tumbling activities, relay races, strength exercises, and coordination challenges.
Music class is provided to students to further enhance a child's natural love of sounds, rhythm, and musical instruments. LCA students also learn to worship through praise songs and sing them during our weekly chapel service.
Chapel is attended once each week. During this service, students of all ages come together and are involved in a time of worship, through singing, scripture lesson, and prayer. After a brief review of the previous weeks lesson, our students look forward to a visit from "Ollie the Owl! We use the "Wonder! Look at God’s Story" DVD, through "First Look", which is constructed to meet your preschooler where they are spiritually, emotionally, socially, cognitively, and physically. Each week we visit “the clubhouse” where we follow Ollie through the bible and meet fun and engaging characters who help tell us a Bible story.
Library is visited by our students once a week where they participate in a story-time consisting of a specific literature selection supported by finger-plays, puppets, and movement activities. During this time, students also have the opportunity to individually select a book and quietly explore its contents.
S.T.E.A.M. Lab is also visited once a week. S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. S.T.E.A.M. encourages individuals to become critical thinkers while developing a love for math and science at an early age. From making slime, to painting outside with squirt bottles, our LCA kids love S.T.E.A.M.!
Hands On Bible Curriculum by Groups
At Lighthouse Christian Academy, your child will experience a daily Bible lesson in order to help them grow in the knowledge that they are loved and valued by God, which is an important developmental truth for young children to learn. Our teachers use the “Hands On Bible Curriculum" by Groups to accomplish this objective. When Jesus taught, He used everyday objects like coins, fish, and plants to help people remember God’s truth. "Hands On Bible Curriculum" does the same thing – children use everyday items, along with songs, finger plays and puppet scripts to learn the truth of God’s Word. Our belief is that when children can experience God’s truths in a tangible way, it will lead to a lifetime of learning and remembering.
Saxon Early Learning Curriculum
Saxon Early Learning provides the foundation for our Pre-K 4's classes. This comprehensive curriculum respects children’s needs and abilities by utilizing predictable routines along with high expectations. Children are exposed to many interesting concepts, which help to foster a strong emphasis on oral language development and classroom discussion, which in turn enhances a child’s vocabulary acquisition, boosts their self-esteem and self-confidence and prepares them for later school success.
Saxon Early Learning is structured around 36 weeks of broadly organized segments of “I Wonder”, “I Discover”, and “I Explore”. These segments provide the framework that progresses through the school year sequentially, moving children from an understanding of their own personal experiences to an appreciation of the wider world. Children explore the themes within each segment through literature, learning experiences, and center activities.
Children enrolled in our 3 year old classes are lead on a joyful journey through early childhood with "Frog Street" curriculum. Through the use of songs, music, hands-on materials and activities, chants, games and make-believe children are lead to explore the worlds of alphabet recognition, phonemic awareness, numbers, colors and shapes, all with the help of the colorful and engaging characters from Frog Street.
Each classroom is a warm and inviting environment arranged around Frog Street’s approach to fun-filled, hands-on learning. Our Frog Street classrooms are organized around these learning centers:
•Science •Math •ABC Centers •Writing Centers •Literacy •Dramatic Play •Sensory
Handwriting Without Tears
All of our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to instruct our students in the developmentally appropriate way to learn to write their letters. The program follows research that demonstrates that children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning. This is evident in the way that Handwriting Without Tears implements their teaching strategies, their multi-sensory tools, and workbook design.