Private Preschool/Pre-kindergarten

The goal of North Valley Christian Academy's private preschool/pre-kindergarten program is to help our young children, ages 3–4 years old, come to know, love, and follow Jesus Christ, while they develop an academic foundation for the elementary years ahead. NVCA’s program grows skill and knowledge competencies in all areas of physical, social, emotional, and spiritual development. Our program utilizes a challenging but appropriate content and is taught from a biblical worldview.


NVCA Advantages

  • Private preschool/pre-kindergarten August-May with a separate Summer Camp program during June and July
  • Children are respected, nurtured, and challenged academically, socially, physically, and spiritually
  • Children are able to make meaningful decisions throughout the day promoting natural curiosity
  • Children learn the skills necessary for future academic success through basic school readiness skills
  • All subject areas are taught with research based, academic excellence from a biblical worldview
  • Children learn in a safe, nurturing environment with caring professionals, which promotes the greatest overall success for the students
  • Classroom STEM activities and use of relevant tools of technology prepare students to excel in Science Technology Engineering and Math practices


NVCA Preschool Curriculum


Preschool Battle Verses

First page of the PDF file: PreschoolBattleVerses

Preschool 3s Goals: 

Children will learn through play with age and developmentally appropriate academic activities. The class will focus on social/emotional development, interaction with others, and pre-K prep.   

Cognitive Development: 


·       Follows classroom routine independently   

·       Follows most safety rules             

·       Is able to follow 2–3 step oral directions     

·       Listens attentively to age-appropriate stories   

·       Participates willingly in most activities   

·       Understand concepts like grouping and matching (for example, recognizing and   matching colors)  

·       Organize materials on their own, for example by stacking blocks or rings in order of size   

·       Identify parts of a whole, like a slice of pie   

·       Draw, name, and briefly explain somewhat recognizable pictures that are meaningful to them   

·        Actively seek information through “why” and “how” questions   

·       Tell you their full name and age   

·       Attend to an activity for a longer stretch of time (between 5 and 15 minutes)   

·       Learn both by observing and listening to adults' explanations   

·       Show awareness of past and present  

·       Communication   

·       Make themselves understood to strangers, despite some sound errors   

·       Use and understand sentences   Use more complex grammar, such as plurals and past tense   

·       Understand sentences involving time  concepts (for example, "Grandma is  coming tomorrow") and narrate past  experiences     Understand size comparisons such as big  and bigger    Understand relationships expressed by "if… then" or "because" sentences     Follow a series of two to four related directions     Sing a song and repeat at least one nursery rhyme  


Social/Emotional Development:  


·       Share toys, taking turns with assistance   

·        Initiate or join in play with other children and make up games    

·       Begin dramatic play, acting out whole scenes (such as traveling, pretending to be animals)   

·       Shows signs of empathy/cares for others   

·       Shows respect for others and their things  

·       Developed a sense of right vs. wrong   

·       Imitates everyday activities            

·       Developing spatial awareness   

·       Reacts appropriately to actions of others  


·       Follow a series of simple directions    

·       Complete simple tasks with food without assistance  

·       Rest quietly at rest time if required   

·       Wash hands unassisted  

·       Use the toilet and manipulates appropriate clothing  

·       Blow nose when reminded   

·       Seek adult help when needed   

·       Make appropriate choices  

·       Separate well from parent/caregiver                                               



Physical Development: 

Fine motor skills               

·       Drive pegs into holes   

·       Draw crosses and circles  

·       Manipulate clay by making balls, snakes, etc.  

·       Attempt to hold crayon/pencil correctly in tri-hold grip   

·       Attempt to hold scissors correctly  

·       Attempt to cut on lines                     

·       Attempt to manipulate buttons/zippers        

·       Build a tall tower of blocks   

·       Dominant hand, as observed

Gross motor skills  

·       Run around obstacles   

·       Walk on a line   

·       Balance on one foot    

·       Push, pull, and steer toys    

·       Ride a tricycle    

·       Use a slide without help    

·       Throw and catch a ball   

·       Manipulate stairs, assisted by an adult            

·       Jump from spot to spot               

·       Throw a ball overhand                

·       Catch a bounced ball      

·       Put his/her coat on independently     


·       Verbally counts to 10/20    

·       Determine the number of items in a collection up to five   

·       Recognize numerals 1–5    

·       Sorts objects into sets of three    

·       Recognize shapes: circle, square, triangle, star, heart, rectangle, diamond, oval  

·       Patterning  

·       Sequencing 5 items   

·       Daily counts days on calendar  

·       Opposites full/empty, inside/outside big/small (height/area/volume), long/tall/short (length/height), heavy/light (weight), and fast/slow (speed)  

·       Size terms many/same/more/fewer 

·       Ordinal terms first/last   

·       Determine sums/subtractions up to 4  

·       Complete simple “insert” puzzles  

·       Understand and use words representing physical relations or positions over/under/above, beside/next to, in front/behind, in/inside/outside/between,

        up/down, top/bottom, front/back, near/far, left/right   

·       Develop a sense of time through participation in daily activities  

·       Same/Different  

·       Deductive reasoning   


·       Scribbles       

·       Straight & curved introduced  

·       Colors:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, purple, brown, black, white, grey   

·       Shades of colors introduced  

·       Mixing colors  

·       Textures       

·       Creating with different objects/materials  

·       Paper tearing      

·       Scissors skills, holding properly  

·       Picture books  


·       Beat  

·       Finger Plays  

·       Singing  

·       Introduction to various music types 

·       Rhythm games  

·       Echo rhythm  

·       Musical instruments  

·       Loud/soft & high/low  

·       Dance  


Concepts Followed:  

·       Self-concept unit (me, myself & I)    

·       Family  

·       Animals/ Pets       

·       Community Helpers  

·       Christian holidays/ Holidays     

·       Working together    

·       Respect others & property  

·       Respect self      

·       Transportation     

·       Stranger Danger   

·       Being a friend/ making friends  

·       Manners/ kind words  

·       Feeling emotions/communicating  

·       Diversity among us  

·       Care for our world  

·       Sand/Water Play  

·       Environmental sounds/ smells  

·       Identifying body parts  

·       Importance of exercise/ nutrition   

·       Five Senses  

·       Plants and seeds                    

The NVCA Promise

Steadfast in faith, NVCA is committed to a Christ-centered education that can transform lives and touch communities. Our role is to help define and reinforce a deep sense of God-given value, purpose and meaning in the pursuit of knowledge and growth in Christ for a transforming influence on the world. An NVCA education forms the foundation upon which all academic pursuits are built thereby enabling students to reach their full educational potential.