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Preschool

Preschool is the entrance level for our school. The journey begins here, providing young children with a developmentally appropriate introduction to school. Our program supports a strong foundation, developing students physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively.

A time of remarkable brain development, this year lays the foundation for future learning. Learning through play is instrumental in preschool, combined with high quality experiences that promote the important skills young children need. Concepts are introduced through learning centers, group activities, and teacher-directed activities.

For more information on our preschool program, please fill out this form

 
Preschool Offerings

We offer full-day (8:15-2:15) and half-day (8:15-11:05)

Extended hour, before and after school options

· 5-day (M-F)
· 3-day (M/W/F)

 
What to Expect From Our Preschool 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.

Not only do our students use STEAM on a daily basis within their classrooms, but they also visit each preschool and pre-k classroom to participate in a specific STEAM activity during Full STEAM Ahead. This helps our students work collaboratively with peers and is another fantastic way for each teacher to work with every child.

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:

Energizing Readiness – Reading readiness through bi-monthly nursery rhymes. Includes memorization, intonation, phonemic awareness and simple movement.

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; daily math: calendar; counting to ten, seriation, sorting, classifying, and one-to-one correspondence.

Fine Arts – Visual arts using a wide variety of art mediums to create; easel art; great masters introduction; cultural art; vocal arts including music class and musical activities.

Perceptual motor/movement classes

Weekly Chapel

 
What We Expect From a Preschool Student
  • Can identify simple shapes and colors
  • Can identify common objects and actions in picture
  • Can count to 3, maybe even to 10
  • Likes blocks and simple puzzles
  • Has a speaking vocabulary of at least 250 words
  • Can speak in compound sentences
  • Can give his or her full name when asked
  • Can jump from a height of 12 inches
  • Can throw a bean bag or ball with some directionality
  • Can color a simple picture
  • Can button and unbutton large buttons
  • Enjoys being with other children
  • Has basic understanding of meal time behavior
  • Uses imagination in play, likes to pretend
  • Can play alone for 15 minutes