Nurturing Curiosity, Building Faith

These are the first important steps in your child’s educational journey. At Loma Linda Academy, our transitional kindergarten (TK) and kindergarten teachers are credentialed, caring, and committed to helping your child develop foundational skills necessary for success. We have a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio. This ensures that each student receives hands-on, one-on-one attention. We nurture your child’s learning development in a safe, healthy, and secure environment while preparing them for a smooth transition into kindergarten and first grade.

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When choosing a kindergarten for your child, it’s important to consider the whole school. What academic, social, and spiritual influences will shape their lives? Choosing the right school can affect their opportunities for achievements in music, athletics, leadership, and more.

“My daughter grew more in kindergarten at LLA than we could have ever imagined. She grew intellectually, but more importantly, she gained confidence and a greater love for Jesus.” 

Preparing for TK & Kindergarten

Use positive reinforcement at home to help your child:

Practice fine motor skills
  • How to properly hold a pencil/marker/crayon
  • How to use kid scissors and practice cutting paper
  • Practice writing name
Practice school procedures
  • Raising hand to speak
  • Lining up in a quiet single file line
  • Sharing (especially if your child is not used to sharing at home with siblings/small children)
  • Putting away items where they belong before playing/learning something new

Campus Ministries

Weekly chapels, classroom worship and Bible curriculum are only part of the ministry at the elementary. The social-emotional program at LLA, Grounded Kids, focuses on teaching four core values: emotional intelligence, respect, integrity and grit. These core values are intentionally reinforced in the classroom and in student discipline. Here are some examples of campus ministry activities:

Grounded Kids Chapel
Pastor Classroom Visits and Worship 

Skill-Building Activities

Every student in TK & kindergarten participates in a weekly rotation program. Each rotation class is taught by a field specialist using engaging, age-appropriate activities. 
Rotations include: 
  • Library ­
  • Physical Education
  • Music

Kindergarten Curriculum  

Math -
Your child’s counting, comparing, and writing skills are developed using the Big Ideas! math curriculum. In kindergarten, students are introduced to concepts that continue to build throughout their education. 
Phonics & Reading - The Saxon Phonics program involves phonetic and sight word instruction to help your child learn how to sound out a word and to memorize the most common words. As students master pre-reading skills, they are able to begin using Accelerated Reader, a reading program that helps track progress and growth. 
Language Arts/Writing - Your child is introduced to the writing process through World of Wonders. This program allows our students to develop basic writing skills while naturally expanding their writing abilities.

Letter of the Week — Examples 

  • Writing: Learn/Master writing uppercase P and lowercase p
  • Reading: Collection of books that emphasize the letter/sound P (i.e., “If You Give a Pig a Pancake”)
  • Phonics: Doing activities (verbal, centers, seatwork) associated with P. Finding items around home and school that start with P. “Little Preppy Pups”- Sing-a-long song (emphasizing nouns, adjectives and adverbs that begin with P).
  • Culture: Learn about penguins (habitat, diet, activity)
  • Bible: Peter and the Lame Man. Learn story, learn about disabled/crippled people. Learn Bible verses using hand motions
  • Art: Design a sun catcher pumpkin
    Fine motor skills- cutting, gluing, organizing, designing
  • Science Experiment: Dissect a pumpkin
  • Math: Counting/Simple addition. Matching Number/Dots pancake
    game based off of book 

Creation Kids Curriculum

Each week kids will learn writing, reading, phonics, culture, Bible, art, science & math, all focused on the letter of the week. Monthly themes are based on Creation Kids curriculum and our reading program, World of Wonders.

  • September (Choice)
  • October (Interpersonal Relationships)
  • November (Trust)
  • December/January (Nutrition)
  • February (Activity)
  • March (Environment)
  • April (Rest)
  • May (Outlook)

Monday-Thursday Schedule 

8:00-8:10 Morning Routine
8:15-8:30 Worship  Chapel: Thursday 8:10-8:40
8:30-8:45 Math
8:45-9:15 Recess 
9:20-9:50 Math 
9:50-10:20 English Language Arts: Small Groups
10:25-10:55 Rotations
11:00-11:55 Lunch 
12:00-12:20 Bible
12:20-1:30 Phonics & Language Arts
1:30-1:50 Science/Social Studies
1:50-2:10 Recess 
2:10-2:20 Handwriting
2:20-2:40 Clean Up/Dismissal
*Weekly rotations through Music, Library, & PE (including Art in the classroom)

Friday Schedule

8:00-8:15 Morning Routine
8:15-8:45 Bible/Worship
8:45-9:15 Recess
9:20-10:20 Show-n-Tell/Language Arts
10:25-11:30 Cooking/STEM Play
11:35-12:00 Lunch
12:00-12:15 Clean Up/Dismissal

Lunch Program

A vegetarian lunch is available for purchase Monday through Thursday. Meal ticket packets may be purchased in the Elementary office—$50 for 8 tickets. Monthly menus are available online. The meals include a selection of items to promote a balanced diet of protein, vegetables, and fruits. On Fridays, cheese pizza is available for purchase by the slice for $1.00.

Field Trip & Activities

Both on- and off-campus field trips are a fun way to reinforce what students are learning in class. Every week students have a chance to explore their skills in art and cooking.

November: Thanksgiving Feast
December: Christmas Tree Farm in Mentone, Happy Birthday Jesus! Decorate Cookies & Book Exchange
January: Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
February: Wild Life Learning in-house field trip
May: Kindergarten Music Program
June: Graduation, Swim party at Drayson

May I help in my child’s classroom? 

We love our parent helpers! Each teacher usually has different opportunities for parents to come in the classroom. Parents can help instruct cooking or volunteer on field trips, and more. Our volunteer background process is required.

Our admissions team is here to help you. We are eager to meet with your family and help you prepare a quality educational plan for your child. Tours and consultations with our principals are encouraged and easy to schedule. Call 909-796-0161, option 1 or email
Mission.   It is the mission of
Loma Linda Academy for all to:
 • Grow in God’s Grace
 • Thrive Intellectually
 • Develop True Friendships
 • Embrace Healthful Living