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Preschool

Growing Tree Preschool (GTP) strives to provide a positive, Christ-centered, stimulating environment for children ages three (3) to five (5).   Developmentally appropriate practices are used to meet the physical, cognitive, spiritual, emotional and social needs of each child.  Shalom Christian Academy has partnered with local churches to provide the Growing Tree program at: Marion Mennonite Church, King Street Church, Christian Life Assembly of God Church, Hollowell Brethren in Christ Church and Five Forks Brethren in Christ Church.  The World Harvest Outreach location has closed.  Additional classes have been added at the Christian Life AOG location.

Contact Information

  • Growing Tree Preschool
    c/o Shalom Christian Academy
    126 Social Island Road
    Chambersburg, PA 17202
  • P: (717) 375-2223 x260
  • E: growingtree@shalomca.com
  • Director: Lisa Eby

 

Programming

  • 3&4 year old classes

  • Children must turn three by Sept. 1st
  • Two day sessions available (Days dependent on location; most meet on Tues/Thurs)
  • Classes are held 9:00 – 11:30am
  • 4&5 year old classes

  • Children must turn four by Sept. 1st
  • Three day sessions available (Days dependent on location; most meet on Mon/Wed/Fri)
  • Morning classes are held 9:00-11:30am
  • Some locations hold an extended day one day per week (9:00am-1:00pm)
  • An afternoon class is available at our Marion location (12:00-2:30pm) and at our King Street Location (12:15-2:45pm)

 

Curriculum

Developmentally appropriate practices are used to meet the physical, cognitive, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of each individual child. This means that teaching methods are matched with the characteristics of preschool aged children. Active learning experiences using a variety of senses are offered during structured and child-initiated (inside/outside free play) learning activities.

Growing Tree Preschool strives to provide a positive, Christ-centered, stimulating environment where your child feels secure and accepted. Development of fine motor skills, gross motor skills, school readiness skills, language, and appropriate social skills are cultivated through interactions with materials, peers, and adults. Teaching includes development of Christian character, as well as Biblical teaching.

Mission Statement

Growing Tree Preschool strives to provide a positive, stimulating, Bible-based environment where each child feels safe, secure and accepted.
It is our desire that each child develop a love of learning and independence while cultivating fine motor skills, gross motor skills, school readiness skills, language, and appropriate social skills.
Our goal, through quality teachers, is to provide a rich, nurturing environment in which to start and/or strengthen a faith foundation and to train students to be followers of Christ and responsible citizens:  sharing, taking turns, and respecting one another and property.

We aim to provide meaningful and fun developmentally appropriate experiences to meet the academic, physical, spiritual, social, and emotional needs of each individual child.
Throughout our program, active learning experiences using a variety of senses are offered during structured and child-initiated play. We recognize that parents are a child’s first teacher and aim to create a strong partnership by involving parents in the daily classroom activities, field trips, special days, programs, and parent groups.

We aim to support families in shaping and molding the precious lives of children.

We endeavor to make Growing Tree Preschool a welcoming environment where growth opportunities abound and where God’s love is evident to the children and families we serve.

Daily Activities

  • “Every good tree bears good fruit.” Matthew 7:17a

  • Arrival/Table Time
  • Circle Time
  • Free Play
  • Snack
  • Gross Motor
  • Closing Circle

Locations

  • Marion Mennonite Church

  • 4365 Molly Pitcher Highway
    Chambersburg, PA
  • 3&4 yr olds (Tues/Thurs 9:00-11:30AM)
  • 4&5 yr olds (Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00-11:30AM)
  • 4&5 yr olds (Mon/Wed/Fri 12:00-2:30PM)
  • King Street Church

  • 162 East King Street
    Chambersburg, PA
  • 3&4 yr olds (Tues/Thurs 9:00-11:30AM)
  • 4&5 yr olds (Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00-11:30AM)
  • 4&5 yr olds (Mon/extended Wed/Fri 9:00-11:30AM; extended day until 1PM)
  • 4&5 yr olds (Mon/Wed/Fri 12:15-2:45PM)
  • Christian Life AOG Church

  • 1400 Warm Spring Road
    Chambersburg PA
  • 3&4 yr olds (Mon/Wed 9:00-11:30AM)
  • 4&5 yr olds (Mon/Wed/ext. Fri 9:00-11:30AM; extended day until 1PM)
  • ADDITIONAL CLASSES:
  • 3&4 yr olds (Tues/Thurs 9:00-11:30AM)  This class “moves up” to:
  • 4&5 yr olds (Tues morning/Wed afternoon/Thurs morning 9:00-11:30AM/12:15-2:45PM)
  • Hollowell BIC Church

  • 14807 Hollowell Church Road
    Waynesboro, PA
  • 3&4 yr olds (Tues/Thurs 9:00-11:30AM)
  • 4&5 yr olds (Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00-11:30AM)
  • Five Forks BIC Church

  • 9244 Five Forks Road
    Waynesboro, PA
  • 3&4 yr olds (Tues/Thurs 9:00-11:30AM)
  • 4&5 yr olds (Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00-11:30AM)