Prekindergarten Curriculum

As young children learn through active play, the classroom cabinets and shelves are stocked with art supplies, books, blocks, puzzles, paints, puppets, dolls, dishes, dress-up clothes, trucks, and trains that beckon students to observe, touch, experiment, imagine, and create.

Teacher-initiated and self-directed activities let students satisfy curiosity, exercise creativity, and construct their own learning. Working individually as well as in small groups and as a class, children will learn to communicate clearly, share responsibility, and build cooperation and teamwork.

Teachers pay close attention to each child's social development. To foster self-reliance, children are given opportunities to solve problems and to make appropriate decisions throughout the school day. To encourage self-regulation, activities are designed to promote caring, helping, and sharing.

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Reading and Writing

We use a balanced reading approach to the teaching of Literacy. Our curriculum is a thoughtful combination of a multi-sensory approach to the teaching of phonetic concepts, based on the Orton-Gillingham method, as well as a guided reading program where the children can apply the strategies they have learned to decode text.

Mathematics

Our math curriculum begins laying the foundation for math using Math Their Way, as well as the Singapore Math curriculum. Both of these programs emphasize a logical progression of new mathematical concepts from the concrete through the pictorial phase, and finally, to an abstract understanding of each concept. The concepts taught include counting, sorting and classifying, patterning and graphing, as well as an introduction to addition and subtraction.

Science

Our science curriculum is based on Full Option Science System (FOSS), a hands-on, experiential science program. The units we cover are designed for young children to explore their environment in an exciting, fun manner, while promoting concrete understanding of the concepts presented.

Art

Students are given daily open-ended opportunities to explore and create masterpieces using paints, Play-Doh, stampers, scissors, paper, glue, cards, and more.

Dramatic Play

Students are given daily opportunities to dress up in costumes, put on puppet shows, and play make-believe games such as working in a restaurant or selling food at a market.

Religion

The religion curriculum focuses on the creation of the world, being thankful, the five senses, friendships, feelings, and religious holidays. Morning prayer and snack prayer is led by the teacher, and children are encouraged to add their prayers to the group prayer. PreK children attend Mass regularly with the rest of the school, in addition to their regular religion lessons in the Rosary Chapel.

Outdoor Play

Students have recess each day where they can climb, slide, ride bikes, run, jump rope, dig, and play imaginative games in a two-story playhouse. Teachers look at this time as a valuable opportunity to teach important lessons outside of the classroom.

Physical Education

Students attend physical education classes three times a week. The physical education teacher guides the children in skipping, galloping, catching and throwing a ball, balancing, and working together as a team.

Music

Music in PreK prepares children for the Orff Schulwerk method, which they will experience in later years. Music is incorporated into almost every aspect of their curriculum.­

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