Agapé Embassy Christian Academy (AECA) instructs by using the classical method, teaching students tools for learning. This method of teaching is commonly referred to as the Trivium. Typically, the Trivium formally begins in kindergarten. AECA is a pre-cursor to the Trivium applying the will of God to all learning, embracing a biblical worldview. Our curriculum teaches:

  • Bible,
  • Phonics,
  • Reading,
  • Math,
  • Writing,
  • Music,
  • Geography,
  • Science,
  • Technology
  • Simple Engineering and
  • Pre-Latin.

Through songs, recitations, call and responses, jingles, memorizing and play, our students enjoy learning. Each student has a learning style and pace. Therefore, our teachers have options for beginners, emergent, and advanced learners to inspire students to learn at their induvial ability levels. Our students are tested to ensure they meet and or excel Fairfax County’s measurable academic benchmarks. This is achieved through ongoing assessments that gather information on a student’s knowledge and comprehension. Our teachers are trained to develop a student’s strengths and abilities. A goal at AECA is to maintain a learning environment that is welcoming, safe, positive, and fun so students are stimulated and challenged.

WHY STEM?

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. It is a term initiated by the National Science Foundation. These may seem like big subjects for preschoolers. However, it’s all there as children play and explore organically everyday. Click below to watch two short videos on STEM in the early learning classroom. STEM begins in early childhood as we follow the children’s thinking processes; as we allow them to be experiential and curious. We ask open ended questions to peak their thinking skills and encourage problem solving as well as conversation all at the same time promoting STEM education. It goes back to our core belief of teaching children to be independent thinkers.

WHY PRE-LATIN?

Why introduce Latin at such an early age? The bigger question is, why not? Children form habits and routines daily from infancy. As a result, we take a proactive approach to preparing students with routines that establish study habits that are meaningful and purposeful. Each student’s individualized learning is taken into consideration for their academic advancement. Latin is taught through fun songs, diglot weaves, games, and story boards. The atmosphere in our classrooms allows students to feel safe, comfortable, and confident learning.

Young children can unconsciously and effortlessly learn and retain multiple languages. A child’s mind is rapidly developing from birth to the age of five. It is the optimal time to assimilate and store information. We believe an introduction to Latin at an early age will profoundly affect a child’s future and success academically.

AECA students will have a familiarity with Latin and are likely to be less intimidated to learn Latin or other foreign languages in the future. Latin offers AECA students the advantage of being organized thinkers and a greater probability of retaining information. Not only is 60% of the English language derived from Latin but typically private schools using the classical method begin teaching students Latin in the 3rd grade. This is because grammar has been introduced and students have gained the ability to read well. AECA is committed to making Pre-Latin fun through games, chants, songs and using creativity. Our pre-Latin curriculum will teach words, colors, shapes, animals, people, places, and things.

PRE-LATIN (Introduction)

Agapé Embassy Christian Academy (AECA) is uniquely different in our approach concerning the age or grade as to when a child can or should learn a particular skill, concept, or language. We believe children can learn and comprehend naturally at an early age without strife or unwarranted pressure. This is accomplished using multiple concepts – diglot weaves, songs, story boards, and games. An introduction to Latin can boost academic achievement, cognitive enhancement, and bridge a superior foundation for learning other languages.

LATIN BENEFITS

Latin is a historical language, it is no longer used to converse, but it has immense benefits that have been proven to boost academic achievement in numerous forms. Etymology is the study of the origin of words. Over half the English language is derived from Latin. Latin benefits cognitive skills that are measurable in student comprehension, standardized testing, gives latitude in medical, science and law related professions. It affords students a superior foundation for learning other languages. Latin aides a student’s keen ability to correctly pronounce sounds as well as the ability to properly “trill” or “roll” the R in multiple languages. Most importantly, Latin promotes thinking clearly and concisely – it is a mental workout that teaches students to THINK.

About 80 percent of the entries in any English dictionary are borrowed, mainly from Latin. Over 60 percent of all English words have Greek or Latin roots. In the vocabulary of the sciences and technology, the figure rises to over 90 percent.