Dayspring Christian Academy’s 3- and 5-day Kindergarten programs in Lancaster, PA uses an intentional method of teaching that trains students to think and reason, not just regurgitate facts.
Fast Facts About Kindergarten
✓ Who: Ages 5 and 6 (must be 5 by September 1st of the school year)
✓ When: 3-Day (Mon/Wed/Fri) and 5-Day Programs are available; both are Full-Day Kindergarten
✓ Location: Conveniently located just 1 minute from the Mountville exit of Route 30 in Lancaster County, PA
Using The Principle Approach® (historic, biblical method of education that helped forge our nation), Dayspring Christian Academy’s Kindergarten classes provide a refreshing answer to families who seriously desire to launch their child’s education in an academically rigorous, loving, nurturing environment.
Early Childhood Education at Dayspring
At Dayspring Christian Academy, we provide three levels of early childhood education:
Kindergarten is a 3-day program that comes with an optional 2 additional enrichment days (creating a full week, 5-day Kindergarten program).
Purpose of the Full-Day Kindergarten Program
To fortify the love for God that is being taught at home.
To instill a love for the special gift of learning that God has given to each of us.
To assist parents in training their child in Christian manners and habits.
To begin the process of fitting the child for usefulness in his/her future.
There are clear distinctions that only a Principle Approach® school offers. This philosophy of education finds its very core in the Word of God. Ours is not simply a cursory nod at the Bible or a rote recitation of biblical directives. Rather, our approach involves a dynamic search for and application of biblical truth as it relates to this life and beyond.
Kindergarten Curriculum & Program Options (3-Day & 5-Day)
This level is appropriate for those students who are 5 years old through early 6 years of age developmentally at the start of the school year.
Students will be taught to view God as the author of every subject, with a purpose and plan for each one in our modern world.
Students begin to learn the rudiments of the subjects like science, history, and geography.
They record their learning in their own hand
They even begin to reason from the Bible in every subject area.
This intentional method of teaching and learning trains students to think and reason, not just regurgitate facts.
The program is still activity-oriented, but more emphasis is placed on paper-and-pencil activities and structured seat work. The seeds of wisdom are sown in every academic subject to inspire a love of learning and appreciation for God’s hand in all we do.
Reading, Writing & Literature:
A Classical literature focus on studying A.A. Milne’s literary classic (and children’s favorite), Winnie the Pooh
School Security/Safety protocols, etc. Dayspring’s Kindergarten classroom is large, bright, welcoming, and friendly. Appropriate security measures are in place to ensure that our families feel confident that their precious children are safe, loved and well-cared for.
Tuition: $5,886 for 3-day Kindergarten
Financial Aid Info: Tuition Assistance is available. Call John Riddell at 717-285-2000 for details.
Supplemental 5-Day Kindergarten Program: Base 3-Day All Day Program + 2 Full Enrichment Days
In addition to the curriculum of the 3-day program mentioned above, parents may supplement their child’s learning by enrolling them in our 2 day/week I.D.E.A.! program to create a 5 full-day Kindergarten schedule.
Standing for Inspire, Discover, Explore, Achieve, I.D.E.A.! is Dayspring Christian Academy’s supplemental Kindergarten for 5- and 6-year-olds. This optional 4th and 5th day of learning-enriched Kindergarten takes place in a hands-on environment and is focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Having the class size capped at 17 means there’s more 1:1 time for your child with the teacher (Dr. Shelly Hilton).
The guide behind the I.D.E.A supplemental Kindergarten program encompasses the following attributes:
Community-style learning where children are able to share their ideas while also learning to listen to their neighbor.
Dedicated time where students can seek to apply biblical principles from direct Bible reading to their lives.
Planned brain breaks throughout the day to allow student to refresh their emotional and intellectual think tanks.
To expand the student’s knowledge in the areas of science and history and put into practice all they have learned through the use of STEM, collaborative group projects, history character studies, as well as other creative avenues.
Getting an opportunity to explore their God-given creative abilities through art, drama, and music.
Learning how to be good stewards of the world God has given us by exploring and learning about our National Parks as Jr. Rangers.
To allow students to capitalize on language, spelling, and math skills already learned and to further their individual abilities in these foundational skills.
What sets Dayspring apart from other Lancaster County preschools? Those who have come through Dayspring Christian Academy acknowledge that it is different than other Christian schools. This difference can be clearly seen in the way we educate our students. Even in the early years, students are taught to view each subject through the lens of God’s Word. This enables them to see, hear, and understand how God is present in every area of life. Emphasis is placed on character development, teaching children the concept of self-government (self-control) and the liberty that comes as a result of it.
The goal of a Dayspring education is to equip students as faith-filled, biblical thinkers who pursue Christian character, communicate confidently, innovate purposefully, and live courageously as tomorrow’s leaders.