Preschool at St. Mary's
Our preschool (3-year-old) program supports a strong foundation, developing students physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively.
Preschool is 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.
We offer full-day (8:15-2:15) and half-day (8:15-11:05) preschool.
Extended hour, before and after school options are available as well.
· 5-day (M-F)
· 3-day (M/W/F)
St. Mary's Private 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 well because of our small size. 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 St. Mary's Preschool Curriculum
With our Energizing Readiness curriculum, reading readiness is developed through bi-monthly nursery rhymes. Includes memorization, intonation, phonemic awareness and simple movement.
Our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum includes recognizing straight and curved lines as written or in the environment; reproducing lines; learning 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; daily math: calendar; counting to ten, seriation, sorting, classifying, and one-to-one correspondence.
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.