Seven Branches Academy Child Learning Programs and Age Group Information
Seven Branches Academy has seven core virtues that we inspire in all that we do:
How Our Programs Teach Your Children
Our Christian teaching involves evolving the child from what they are into what the child should become. Our curriculum is a hybrid of the A Beka and the HighReach Learning curriculums. There are three ways in which children learn:
- Visual - 65%. Visual learners tune out spoken directions and favor looking, reading, and watching.
- Auditory - 30%. Auditory learners are listeners and talkers. They need directions spoken out loud, like to discuss ideas, and learn by songs, rhymes, or word games. They are easily dirstracted by noises.
- Kinesthetic - 5%. Kinesthetic learners need to touch everything and find it difficult to sit still. Most young children learn in this mode, but most move into becoming a visual or auditory learner as they grow. These learners need physical activities to reinforce learning, such as throwing a basketball into a hoop to learn to count.
Birth to Two-Years Old
Children between the ages of birth to about two years old primarily learn by using their five senses. They are kinesthetic learners and need to touch, taste, see, feel, listen, bang and shake everything in sight to see how their environment operates (visual, auditory & kinesthetic learners). Their sense of time is now and their sense of space is right in front of them. At Seven Branches, we show your children the world in a way they can understand and manipulate. Infants and Toddlers need to know they are loved so they can build a strong sense of trust with their parents and caregivers. At Seven Branches, we show this love through respect, patience, affection, understanding, responsiveness and thoughtfulness. We understand your child is your most precious gift from God and we strive to care for them as you would.
Two and Three Years Old
Two and three-year olds learn by gathering information by asking questions (auditory learners) and then trying to figure out ways to solve a problem (visual and kinesthetic learners). They are ego-centric, which means everything is based on them. “How does it affect me” syndrome. They will begin potty training now at the request of the parents, who are also training the child at home. They learn in specifics, without wanting to know all the technical answers. For instance, a ball is used to throw, a pen is used to write, and a chair is used to sit in. They don’t realize you can use all of these to create a game. The staff at Seven Branches is trained in teaching your children successfully by understanding where your child is developmentally. The staff does this by encouraging and stimulating your child so he understands meanings and facts and can easily recall them. With A Beka focusing on Christ-like values and morals and HighReach Learning focusing on a hands-on approach, we’ve discovered the perfect way for your children to learn the way God had designed – learning about Him through His creation. When children are excited about learning, they learn quicker and retain the knowledge longer. We at Seven Branches believe in having fun, being exciting and learning from each other. Children will learn quicker when they feel safe in their environment and when they feel free to express themselves. We encourage children to seek more knowledge, to ask more questions, to learn to help each other, and to grow together as they discover who they are and what their talents are. To help develop children is our gift to their futures. As their young minds grow, we want them to know they are loved 100%, they are valued 100%, they are accepted 100% and they are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by their Creator.
Pre-K to Four Years Old
Four year olds in Pre-Kindergarten learn by doing. They mimic the behavior of others and act them out (visual and auditory learners). They are learning to be responsible for themselves and their little world around them by helping to do small tasks their little hands can tackle. If given too many responsibilities too quickly, they learn they are inadequate and can’t succeed. Therefore, knowing how much they can handle is what Seven Branches does best. Our teachers know these little ones want to help, they need to be reminded, and they need to be shown over and over what to do and how to do it. Seven Branch’s staff helps them to make good decisions in regards to being a good listener, a good friend, and learning to share.
HighReach Learning Zones are designed with your child in mind to help them develop social interaction skills by learning from experiences every day. These skills displayed throughout the room help them promote self-regulation and social/emotional growth.
Kindergarten to Five Years Old
Five year olds in Kindergarten are learning at an incredible rate to get ready for 1st Grade. Our staff helps them to understand Math and Counting, Science, Reading and Writing, and being socially ready for 1st Grade. This is their last year at our school and we work hard to make sure they are academically and socially ready for what’s ahead of them. Using A Beka Book teaching is exactly why our students succeed above other programs, because A Beka Book has historically met or exceeded recommended content standards in language arts and mathematics. However, a few differences were found. For example, in English Language Arts, A Beka Book fulfills or exceeds many of the standards at an earlier grade level. Further, in Mathematics, A Beka Book has chosen a different sequence of topical representation because it is more logical in presentation than what Common Core proposes. Historically, students instructed under our curriculum consistently score above national averages on standardized tests and on college entrance tests. Our skilled researchers and writers do not paraphrase progressive education textbooks; they do primary research in every subject and look at the subject from the traditional Christian point of view.