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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.

With a maximum class size of 12 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 during STEAM activities or craft days.

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.

Early threes curriculum

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.

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 "Learning Without Tears" curriculum students will learn to recognize straight and curved lines as written or in the environment, reproduce lines, and practice age-appropriate pre-writing skills.

Includes a monthly unit on a specific country with music, movement, and art; continents study and globe features. Students will also discover the different cultures by observing the clothing, food, and weather of the countries in the units that are covered.

Our youngest students will explore the world around them; experiencing our outdoor classroom; identify body systems and how they work and color mixing. The students are exposed to higher-level scientific concepts such as physical changes and chemical reactions as well as activities that focus on cause and effect.

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.

Dramatic play is also incorporated, which develops social and emotional skills, functioning in a group, and helps students learn to take turns to play cooperatively.