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.
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. Through the Handwriting Without Tears program, students also learn concepts of print.
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, subtraction, and place value.
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.