Pre-K at St. Mary's
Pre-Kindergarten is a developmental program that builds on skills and experiences from the preschool year. It is designed to stimulate growth in the areas of fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional skills, and cognitive skills. Concepts are introduced through learning centers, group activities, and teacher-directed activities.
Our curriculum develops a strong foundation for successful learning to prepare children for our St. Mary’s kindergarten.
We offer full-day (8:15-2:15) and half-day (8:15-11:05) pre-kindergarten 5 days a week.
Extended hour and before and after school options are available to these students.
St. Mary's Pre-K Enrichment Opportunites
Library Physical Education - Perceptual Motor Program
St. Mary's Pre-K Field Trips
- Edmond Fire Station
- Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch
- Orr Family Farm, Jasmine Moran Children's Museum, or Stephen Fite educational concert.
St. Mary's Pre-K Curriculum
The emphasis in Language Arts in Pre-Kindergarten is to improve language development through oral language and communication skills, by focusing on understanding and using spoken language through conversation skills and building vocabulary. Children learn about words and the way that they may be linked together in sentences to express and relate ideas, provide the lens or filters through which we perceive, understand and analyze our world and experiences. Experiences are provided to lay the foundation for written language development through language dictation and a print-rich environment.
St. Mary’s Pre-Kindergarten Math Curriculum is built upon children’s natural curiosity and desire to touch, examine and manipulate the objects they find around them. Experiences are provided using concrete objects and pictures for the child to recognize similarities and differences, classify objects and shapes, recognize and create patterns in a sequence of objects, and make comparisons of objects using simple measurement skills. Children are given small groups of objects to quantify, to count and to demonstrate a basic understanding of addition and subtraction as “putting together” and “taking away”. Children are moved from the concrete to the symbolic stage of representing the concepts using mathematical language such as “more than”, “less than”, ”longer”, “shorter”, number words and numerical symbols.
St. Mary’s Pre-Kindergarten social studies curriculum focuses on the awareness of the child as an individual, as a member of a family unit, as a member of their school and of a wider community through a variety of units of study. Our students are also learning more in regards to understanding orientation in time, and orientation in space.
St. Mary’s Pre-Kindergarten science curriculum is a concrete approach to learning the fundamental concepts of science. Children are given many opportunities for systematic observation and hands-on investigation of both the living and physical world. Building on these experiences, children can progress from describing and explaining what is observed, to making predictions based on those observations.
The Pre-Kindergarten Visual Arts curriculum focuses not only on producing art, but also on examining and appreciating examples of various art forms. The use of various media and techniques provides rich opportunities for sensory exploration and manipulation, as well as the development of fine motor skills.
In addition, through painting and drawing, children make their first attempts at graphic representation, a precursor to writing. The guided examination of works of art provides practice in focusing attention on visual detail, important for developing skill in discriminating visual differences in objects, images, print, and letters, as well as appreciating basic elements of art. The further examination and discussion of works of art also afford rich opportunities for language development.