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.
Using this historic, biblical method of education that helped forge our nation, Dayspring Christian Academy offers a refreshing answer to families who seriously desire to launch their education in a program that is academically rigorous in a loving, nurturing environment. Three and five-day programs are available.
In the Principle Approach kindergarten at Dayspring, seeds of learning are sown in each distinct subject. Children expand their God-given love of learning through the Principle Approach method of education, which was used during the colonial and founding periods in America. Children begin to learn the rudiments of the subjects like science, history, and geography. They view God as the author of every subject with a purpose and plan for each in our modern world. They begin to record their learning in their own hand and even begin to reason from the Bible in every subject area. This intentional method of teaching and learning teaches students to think and reason, not just regurgitate facts.
At Dayspring Christian Academy, two levels of kindergarten are offered to the Lancaster, PA community: Developmental Kindergarten (ages 4 and 5) and Academic Kindergarten (ages 5 and 6). Both Kindergartens are 3-day programs, however, parents may supplement these 3-day programs by enrolling in our I.D.E.A.! program to create a full, 5-day Kindergarten schedule.
This level is developmentally appropriate for the child who is 4 years old or just turned 5 at the start of the school year. The program is activity-oriented while introducing the structure and rigors of a formal classroom setting. As a first step into scholarship, the student notebook is introduced and students begin formal steps toward reading through the Sound Sensible® program. Seeds of scholarship are sown in every academic subject in an inspirational manner. Students develop early math skills, learn a Bible verse for each letter of the alphabet, and delve into literature as they study the life of Beatrix Potter. They explore music, art, the environment around them, and learn to experience the wonder of creation. Highlights of Developmental Kindergarten include:
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. The program is still activity-oriented, but more emphasis is placed on paper-and-pencil activities and structured seat work. The student notebook is expanded and built upon as a tool for scholarship. Students expand their phonetic awareness and segmentation in preparation for beginning to read; many children learn to read before completing academic kindergarten. Additionally, the seeds of scholarship are sown in every academic subject to inspire a love of learning and appreciation for God’s hand in all we do. Highlights of Academic Kindergarten include:
I.D.E.A. is Dayspring Christian Academy’s supplemental Kindergarten for 4 and 5 year olds. I.D.E.A. stands for Inspire. Discover. Explore. Achieve. Access to the I.D.E.A. program is included in our Kindergarten application. The guide behind the I.D.E.A program encompasses the following attributes:
Dr. Shelly Hilton is our I.D.E.A. teacher. Class size cap is 16.