Our dedication to excellence drives us, our passion for Christ guides us.
The purpose of Lighthouse Bilingual Academy is to:
- Educate our children according to their Christian and cultural heritage.
- Prepare students to read, write and speak English and Spanish.
- Offer academic excellence through a curriculum based on Scripture, teaching Biblical principles in all subjects.
- Teach the Bible.
- Maintain a low teacher/ student ratio (1/10-15).
- Offer enrichment classes in art and music.
- Attract non-Christian families from the neighborhood where God has placed us for the purpose of influencing them to know Christ.
- Impact the community positively.
Preschoolers learn primarily through active learning, thus our curriculum is so designed. Each area of study is taught through stories, activities, and experiences that involve all the senses and address each learning modality. Children learn through play using both large and fine motor skills. Because we believe that all truth is God’s truth, Biblical principles are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Both English and Spanish are used daily. English is the language of instruction and conversation in the morning, and Spanish is used beginning at lunch time through the end of the day.
Social Studies and Science
Weekly units are taught in English and Spanish as preschoolers discover God’s amazing world through books, center activities, songs and poems. Biblical principles are integrated into each study. Art and cooking projects are also included. Additionally, the students take several field trips to enhance learning.
Each week a Bible story is taught that is related to the unit study. God’s Word comes alive through songs, Bible story books, drama and finger plays. Students also memorize a Bible verse each week, hiding God’s Word in their hearts.
Phonics is the tool that unlocks the reading puzzle. Students learn letter recognition by sight and sound by exploring alphabet boxes, listening for beginning sounds, and learning the sign language alphabet. Pre-reading and writing activities such as puzzles, games, play dough and coloring are used throughout the curriculum.
Number recognition, counting, rote counting, comparisons, graphing, simple addition and subtraction are taught through games and extensive use of manipulatives.
Each day students spend time doing independent Montessori work rotating through each of the shelves: Language, Cultural, Practical Life, Math and Sensorial. These activities are designed for discovery learning and are often unit related.
A part of each day is spent in the garden planting, watering, digging and pulling weeds. Each child has a small plot to tend, growing flowers and vegetables, learning hands-on about God’s creation.