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Beginners Program for 3 year olds

Pacific Northern Academy’s Beginners Program is open to students who turn three by September 1 of the year of enrollment. Children must be independent with toileting before starting school.

Children who are three years old are naturally curious about the world around them. We engage their curiosity though a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and responsive to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of young learners.

The Beginners Program classroom environment and materials encourage learning through discovery and play. Daily activities include circle time, story time, play centers, guided learning projects, and opportunities for movement in the gym or outdoors. Experiences that promote foundational skills for literacy and math will be integrated throughout the curriculum.

The nurturing guidance and support of the Beginners Program teachers fosters positive social development as children gain self-awareness, learn to recognize and regulate their feelings and emotions, and learn to interact and communicate with their peers. In addition, children in the Beginners Program have the opportunity to take part in Studio Art, Music, and Spanish classes throughout the week.

Beginner Program Scheduling: Full Day, 5 Days Per Week

*The Beginners Program follows the school year calendar and closures.

Monday-Friday from 8:30am-3:20pm

Extended Day Care is available from 7:30-8:30am and 3:20-6:00pm and is included in the cost of tuition.

Early Kindergarten for four year olds

PNA's Early Kindergarten is open to students who turn four by September 1 of the year of enrollment.

Pacific Northern Academy's Early Kindergarten program is a unique opportunity for Anchorage families. The full-day program provides a nurturing and child-centered environment that provides a solid foundation for future academic success.

Early Kindergarten students have the opportunity to stretch their minds and pursue academic learning through large and small group lessons and hands-on activities. Lessons are developed through "center" and "choice" approaches, allowing for students to work at individual learning levels. Engaging themes and hands-on instruction provide a developmentally appropriate path to learning for reading readiness, math, science, social studies. PNA honors academic aptitude and works with parents to set individual goals for students. The days are full but always include recess and a quiet time.

Two teachers work with a maximum of eighteen students in the Early Kindergarten classroom, providing the flexibility to respond to individual needs. Social learning is a centerpiece of the program. Through the social curriculum - following the principles of the Responsive Classroom - children learn to express feelings, build friendships, and resolve conflicts. Independence is nurtured in the Early Kindergarten classroom as students are encouraged to take care of their personal possessions and participate in classroom jobs.

Students meet twice each week with PNA's Specialist teachers for instruction in Spanish, Studio Art, Music, and Physical Education. They also have the opportunity to engage in a variety of rich experiences such as service learning, the science fair and field trips into the greater Anchorage community, including musical and theater performances, the Campbell Creek Science Center, and the Anchorage Museum.

Early Kindergarten Scheduling: Full Days, 5 Days Per Week

Monday through Friday from 8:30am-3:20pm.

Extended Day Care is available from 7:30-8:30am and 3:20-6:00pm and is included in the cost of tuition.

*The Early Kindergarten Program follows the school year calendar and closures.

To learn more about the Early Childhood programs, please email admissions@pacificnorthern.org

*Upon enrollment in the Beginners Program or Early Kindergarten, Pacific Northern Academy requires documentation including a physical exam and current vaccination records including a tuberculosis test. Parents whose children are exempt from receiving current vaccinations for medical or religious reasons must file a physician-approved exemption form. This information must be on file before a child can begin in August.

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