Preschool Program

Last Updated: Thursday, 31 January 2019

 

What we do?

 

           St. Mary’s School provides an outstanding preschool program that focuses on the development of the whole child: social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual.  Our curriculum is designed to help each child develop a positive self-esteem and to establish a foundation of learning. 

 

Why?

           The main objective of St. Mary’s School's preschool's program is to enhance the children’s social skills and self-image. In order to be successful learners cooperation, turn-taking, and problem solving skills must be developed.  In addition, it is important for children to feel confident in their ability to make choices, initiate learning encounters, ask questions, and use their own knowledge.

           

How?

           We believe that the early preschool years of a child’s development are crucial years in education that set the stage for long-term intellectual growth and educational curiosity.  Throughout the day students are exposed to several activities that enhance and develop fine and gross motor skills, visual perception, and social skills.

            The instruction provides activities that stimulate, challenge, and meet the abilities and interest of children. Activities and lessons are designed to insure a developmentally appropriate, child centered program.  Although the curriculum is teacher-prepared, it is responsive to the children’s interests, needs, and levels of development. Themes and units adapt to the children’s academic interests and inquiries.

            We recognize that children learn through play and meaningful experiences. Our classrooms are divided into learning centers where children actively engage in learning.  Therefore, structured activities are paired with free exploration and large and small group activities.  These different activities will strive to foster learning experiences that expand the children’s knowledge of the world and themselves.  Each child has the opportunity to enjoy success by actively participating in hands-on activities and communicating in all forms. Students have multiple opportunities to explore and express themselves through music and art. 

 

 

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”

Dr. Seuss

 

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