Early Threes at St. Mary's
St. Mary's early threes program is designed to give young children an introduction to our preschool program.
This is a two day class on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children that are 2.5 (and potty trained) by September 1st.
Early Threes Curriculum
Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead!
This engaging educational approach helps our students begin to see how all things in life and in school relate to each other. Using science, technology, engineering, arts, and math helps guide our students in peer discussion, critical thinking, student inquiry, and problem-solving.
Small Groups & Individualized Instruction
With a maximum class size of 14 students, our early threes teachers have the opportunity to really get to know their students well. Teachers are able to offer whole group, small group, and individualized instruction.
During whole group time, the instruction is mostly teacher-led. In small groups, peers work together while the teacher acts as a facilitator who guides their learning. You may see this in their craft day and cooking day activities.
During individualized instruction, a teacher or a teacher's assistant can tailor an activity to meet an individual student's needs. Teachers are able to provide a challenge to those students who are ready for extension activities or work towards strengthening a student's skills while they pursue a specific goal.
More Early Threes Curriculum:
St. Mary's Early Threes class follows the school's Chapel schedule and learns the Bible story in the classroom. Chapel behavior will be practiced, and songs related to the story will be sung. Instruction will be through children's Bibles and interactive stories that will encourage a love of God's word.
Through our program, "Energizing Readiness" we teach reading readiness through storytelling, finger plays, and listening along to help with pre-reading skills. Students will learn the parts of a book, and how to respect and care for books.
Through the "Handwriting Without Tears" curriculum students will learn to recognize straight and curved lines as written or in the environment; reproducing lines; learn to write simple letters and draw a person.
Includes a monthly unit on a specific country with music, movement, and art; continents study and globe features.
Discovery of the world around them; experiencing our outdoor classroom; identify body parts and use; nature walk on trails; sensory table.
Uses a manipulative approach to math concepts focusing on fine motor skills, spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills and recognizing numbers 1-10.
Fine and gross motor skills will be developed using imaginations and creativity through art, which helps build self-esteem through individual creativity.
Develops social and emotional skills, functioning in a group, and take turns to play cooperatively.