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Programs

Enrichment opportunities at Prestonwood Christian Academy are designed to enhance the vertically-aligned curriculum through the addition of innovative learning experiences which extend beyond the classroom.

Lower School

High Touch, High Tech

High Touch, High Tech provides fun, interactive, hands-on science and nature experiences for students without having to leave their classrooms. Through a discovery style of learning, students are engaged in science content. All of the programs are a complement to the science curriculum in place.

Stand Up and Be Heard

The purpose of the Stand Up and Be Heard Program is to help students lose the fear of presenting in front of a group by equipping them with effective presentation skills. The program starts in First Grade with one filmed oral presentation and continues from Second through Eighth Grades with two filmed oral presentations a year.

Students learn about key areas of good presentation: stance, introduction, eye contact, voice, gestures and conclusion. The key component of the program is that students can watch their performance and receive feedback from a parent coach or the SCS Director.

Students grow in confidence as they learn some key essential elements to oral presentations.

Click here to learn more about PCA's Communication Arts Program and how students can get involved.

Fitnessgram

PCA is committed to teaching students about a healthy lifestyle. The FitnessGram is a series of physical activities done by students in a controlled setting in order to obtain a benchmark of their overall fitness level. The testing consists of several components such as a pacer test, push-ups, curl-ups, a trunk lift, and a BMI measurement that provide an indication of a student’s level of fitness. Results are sent home, along with a letter of explanation, after all test data is entered. This is repeated annually in order to track growth.

Invention Convention

After the students study simple machines learning basic physics in science and "The Age of Inventions" in history, the two are combined with the challenge of the Invention Convention. Students are taught how to think like an inventor by first observing their world, identifying a problem and then brainstorming and experimenting to find a solution to that problem culminating with the Invention Convention. Each student has an original invention or prototype. There is a display board to share the idea including the purpose, cost, the operation of the invention, a related Bible verse and pictures of the student creating the invention. It is always one of the students' favorite activities of Third Grade.

Mystery Reader

Third Grade offers a read-aloud program called Mystery Reader to promote the love of reading. Teachers invite parents, faculty and celebrities to read to the class. The reader sends the teacher five clues about themselves prior to their visit and the students try to guess who the Mystery Reader will be that week. The reader selects a favorite book to read aloud, and this becomes a very special time and memory for both the reader and the students.

Texas Hall of Fame

The Texas Hall of Fame is an interactive day where students are part of living history! The classroom becomes a historical museum that houses famous Texans from the time period of the Alamo and Texas’ fight for independence. You also hear from many influential Texans that have made history in this great state. You might meet Sam Houston, Davy Crockett or even former President George W. Bush. Fourth grade students preface this day by completing a research paper, featuring their famous Texan’s life and accomplishments. Each classroom becomes a live wax museum and is filled with so much history!

Oceanography Fair

The First Grade Ocean Project is a great example of curriculum integration. The First Grade students are assigned an ocean animal at the beginning of the thematic ocean unit. The students research their animal finding three descriptive facts and three fun facts. The students practice technology skills by creating a PowerPoint presentation using the facts researched. At the end of the unit, the students present their PowerPoint presentation to the class, as well as a model they have made of their animal. Each presentation is videoed as part of The Stand Up and Be Heard Program. The students receive feedback related to their communication skills.

Native American Day

All of the Second Grade classes celebrate Native American Day as the second grade students rotate through centers in which they learn customs about different Native American groups of people. At each center, a second grade teacher discusses facts about a particular group regarding their culture and way of life. Then the students participate in making an item related to that Native American group such as a wampum or scrimshaw, and they play games that Native American children would have enjoyed. Finally, Native American artifacts such as baskets, woven rugs, pottery, jewelry, and arrow heads are displayed for everyone to see. Native American Day is a fun activity for our second graders and a great learning experience about other cultures.

State Fair Stomp

The State Fair Stomp is a Physical Education Showcase that incorporates kinesthetic movement with music in a large group environment in order to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. It involves various manipulatives that include the use of bandanas, parachutes, basketballs, noodles, and tinikling poles. The purpose of this event is to develop spatial awareness, movement skills, and cooperative learning by demonstrating a variety of activities that are taught in elementary PE classes.

Robotics

Fourth Grade students are introduced to the fun world of robots and the basics of programming. They build their own robot from Legos and learn how to use the computer to manipulate the motors and gears. Students also learn basic programming vocabulary and how to apply it.

Little House on the Prairie Day

Little House on the Prairie Day is a culminating event to an integrated unit involving history, literature and writing. A central component of the unit involves the novel study on Little House on the Prairie. At the end of the unit of study teachers plan an entire day of activities related emphasizing this time period and ask students to dress in appropriate costumes depicting life on the prairie. Students rotate to different classrooms for various activities such as school in a prairie schoolhouse, fiddle music at a cake walk, games such as hopscotch and hand string games, and churning fresh butter. This integrative, interactive activity is enjoyed by all and helps students experience the pioneer days.

Competitions

Competitions at Prestonwood Christian Academy offer an opportunity for students to stretch themselves through oral and written communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills, exercising creativity, collaboration through teamwork, risk taking and more.

Please see the competition's specific tab if you wish to register your student.

Lower School

ACSI Speech Meet

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ACSI Spelling Bee

The ACSI Spelling Bee is held annually for students in third through eighth grades. ACSI provides a list of spelling words designed to help students integrate both writing and reading exercises with spelling. Students first compete within their grade level with the top students advancing to the District competition. From the District level, students in fifth through eighth grades become eligible to advance to the Regional competition. The objective of this competition is to develop good spelling habits, good vocabulary, and proper communication as well as to promote fellowship with students from other Christian schools.

The In-House Spelling Bees at the North Campus will take place the week of November 26. The District Spelling Bee will take place on Friday, February 1, 2019, at Firewheel Christian Academy.

The spelling word list will be available through NetClassroom/Canvas on October 29.

Registration is not necessary for the In-House Spelling Bees as all North campus students in third through eighth grade will participate with their grade level.

For more questions regarding Spelling Bee, contact Anslie Dysart in the Curriculum office at adysart@prestonwoodchristian.org, or call 972-930-4015.

ACSI Math Olympics

The ACSI Math Olympics is held annually for students in third through eighth grades. Students first compete within their grade level with the top students advancing to the District competition. All North Campus students in grades 3-8 will take part in the In-House competitions in both Computation and Reasoning, so registration is not necessary. From the District level, students become eligible to advance to the Regional competition. The objective of this competition is to stimulate an interest in math and provide opportunities for fellowship with math students from other Christian schools. Students are also recognized for their achievements and are given the opportunity to glorify God through their mathematical abilities.

To learn more, click on the link below to view Information Sheet and Testing Instructions.

For questions regarding Math Olympics, contact Anslie Dysart in the Curriculum office at adysart@prestonwoodchristian.org or call 972-930-4015.