Our NEW 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.
What to Expect From Our 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
We are so fortunate to have such small class sizes at St. Mary's! The teachers have the opportunity to really get to know their students and their students' families well because of our small size. Teachers are able to offer whole group, small group, and individualized instruction.
During whole group time, instruction is mostly teacher-led. In small gropus, 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. We also have volunteer opportunities for parents to work with students.
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 Preschool Curriculum:
Bible Time - This class will follow the school's Chapel schedule and learn 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.
Energizing Readiness – Reading readiness through story telling, 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.
Handwriting (without tears) – Includes recognizing straight and curved lines as written or in the environment; reproducing lines; learning to write simple letters and draw a person.
Social Studies – Includes a monthly unit on a specific country with music, movement, and art; continents study and globe features.
Science – Discovery of the world around them; experiencing our outdoor classroom; identify body parts and use; nature walk on trails; sensory table.
Math – 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.
Creative Art/Sensory Play: Fine and gross motor skills will be developed using imaginations and creativity through art, which helps build self esteem through individual creativity.
Dramatic Play: Develops social and emotional skills, functioning in a group, and take turns to play cooperatively.