Private Pre-K

M-F 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Ages 4yrs-5yrs
Must be potty trained

Mt. Elizabeth Academy Pre-K (Kindergarten Prep) is a wonderful place to begin a lifetime of formal learning. It is a year for learning, growing, making new friends, and for lots of fun too! Using a theme-based, whole child approach to learning, we teach the basics of literacy and math. Our students have the unique opportunity to experience the ways in which math, science, reading, and writing are all connected.

Our days are filled with stories, letters, phonics, numbers, writing and many more activities. We create art projects, investigate science topics, learn writing skills, learn pre-reading and phonics.

Our Pre-K class is perfect for students who are ready for a more structured program, but not yet age appropriate for Kindergarten. We emphasize Kindergarten readiness, while still ensuring the students have fun every day. Students will focus on the key areas of:

  • Appreciation
  • Enthusiasm
  • Cooperation
  • Creativity
  • Confidence
  • Curiosity
  • Integrity
  • Empathy
  • Independence
  • Respect

Private Pre-K Highlights

Our goal is for Mt. Elizabeth Academy Pre-K students to leave the classroom with a strong sense of independence and are prepared to enter Kindergarten. They’re equipped with the social and academic tools needed to be successful in a formal education setting. There is great value in creating adventure and exploration through the environment and curriculum. Fostering creativity and critical thinking through this exploration is integral in engaging children in learning and making sense of their world.

Pre-K children are viewed as capable, competent members of our community and we want them to be heard. Respecting one another, showing tolerance and learning to accept each other, as well as themselves, is imperative to personal growth. Through observation and interactions, we guide children to be tolerant of themselves and others. Giving children the opportunity to accept both their successes and their failures will help them be accepting of themselves and others. Helping them build communication and negotiation skills at an early age helps each child as well as our entire community. We encourage kind and respectful behavior of everyone in our class.

The teachers are caring and committed caregivers. This ensures that the students are in a safe and loving environment.  The thematic focus in the curriculum helps to provide the students with multiple opportunities to explore and absorb information, develop their five senses, and grow both physically and mentally.

Parents are involved throughout the day with pictures, videos and messages from the teachers using our secure Brightwheel App.  Our parents love our seeing their child throughout the day and knowing that they are in a loving, caring, and supportive environment.

Two healthy and nutritious meals, as well as two snacks, are included in the cost of tuition. The monthly menu is available online and given to our families at the beginning of the month. The toddlers are welcome to eat breakfast, lunch, and snacks with their class.  During mealtime, the teacher serves students as they eat family style with their friends. Whole milk and water are served with meals and snacks.


Pre-K Room

Our rooms are equipped with Pre-K size table and chairs, pillows in the book corners, shelves with appropriate toys as well as academic and sensory activities. Each child has their own cubby for personal items, naptime cot with a sheet and blanket. Parents provide water bottles and extra clothes as needed.

The Pre-K room offers pre-kindergarten specific reading, math, science & sensory, and pretend play learning centers. Their classroom has a bathroom with appropriately sized toilets as well as a door leading to the outdoor playground to enable easy access to our beautiful outdoor space.


A Typical Day at Mt. Elizabeth Academy for Pre-K Students


The First Hour:

​The children are welcomed as they arrive and are given the opportunity to choose activities at the various learning centers.  This self-directed play invites the children to explore, discover and learn independently with a wide variety of activities and materials.  The learning centers include painting, playdough, blocks, puzzles, drawing, water or sand play, dress-up, dramatic areas, books, floor toys and more.


Breakfast Time:

Children wash their hands and join their friends for breakfast. The teachers serve a nutritious breakfast to all the children.  Healthy food choices are given to the children such as fruit, vegetables, cereals. (peanut free). The children enjoy milk and water.  We do not serve juice.


Circle Time:

Following a clean-up routine, the children meet on the carpet for Circle Time. A variety of activities are included which reflect the monthly routines. The activities include stories, songs, puppetry, poems, movement, art, crafts discussions and many other ideas to facilitate learning. Circle time concentrates on 5 areas of development: Language, Literacy, Fine & Gross Motor, Sensory & Science, and Cognitive Learning.


Outdoor/Indoor Playtime:

If the weather allows, the children have an active, outdoor play session in our park-like playgrounds.  In case of inclement weather, the teachers incorporate gross-motor play through movement activities in our gymnasium, such as dancing, marching, parachute play and more active games.


Lunch/Nap Time/Afternoon Snack:

Catered lunch is delivered to the classrooms.  The teachers then serve the meal family style.  During this time the teachers stay next to the children and observe encourage their eating habits.  Once lunch is finished, the children have their own individual cot on which they rest.  Clean cot sheets and blankets are provided.  After the children have rested and wake up, each child is given a healthy snack to start their afternoon.


Outdoor/Indoor Play & Story Time:

After snack time, the children have gross motor play time. The teachers take time to read stories, do finger plays, puppets and have interactive sessions with the children. During this time, children also engage in indoor out outdoor play, depending on the weather.


Fine Arts:

​All children attend fine arts classes in our dedicated Fine Arts room. The children enjoy Music, Art, Drama, PE & Yoga throughout the week, not only in their homerooms but during their “Specials Class” in the afternoon.


Extras:

​In addition to this daily schedule, the teachers incorporate special activities like Bible Class, Chapel Class, Spanish, field trips to our nature trail, and Show and Tell. Parents are always invited to volunteer and participate in the classrooms as well as join us on field trips to our onsite nature trail.


Teacher


Ms. Cara

Ms. Cara is our Private Pre-K teacher. She was a lead Pre-K teacher in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is currently a Youth Pastor. While she will continue her role as a youth pastor, she has truly missed the classroom and is extremely excited to be back teaching Pre-K! SheI loves all of the exploring, learning and fun that Pre-K brings to the kids.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from the University of Alabama. She was also a summer camp counselor growing up and she was the Director of a summer camp for 3 years. She loves helping her KG friends become explorers and take you on new learning adventures.

She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and she loves to go back and visit her family often. Her mom and younger sister, Caitlyn, still live there.


Mt. Elizabeth Benefits

We are a Christian, faith-based private school.
Specials included with tuition:

  • Yoga/Stretching
  • Art
  • Music
  • Chapel & Bible Class
  • Holiday Celebrations
  • Sensory materials
  • Four dedicated developmentally-appropriate playgrounds
  • On-site nature trails allow ample opportunity for safe outdoor explorations
  • Indoor gymnasium lets kids exercise and play on every day of the year, regardless of the weather
  • An engaging and rewarding curriculum, designed by on-site Academic Director, Dr. April Anderson
  • Mt. Elizabeth Academy’s leadership has a combined 70 of experience and education