September 7, 2017
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Morning half day and all day 4 year-old program
Tuesday and Thursday
Morning half day and all day 3 year-old program
On site after school care (2:45 – 6:00pm) is also available.
We know that children learn best when given the freedom to discover, play and learn in a safe, nurturing environment. We introduce activities that are developmentally appropriate where they can learn self- help skills, problem solving, creative thinking and social skills.
St. Jude is dedicated to providing the education that will help a child grow spiritually, socially, emotionally and physically. Teachers will facilitate a variety of developmentally appropriate activities, which will enable each child’s growth in the skills of thinking, listening, communicating, academic ability, small and large motor movement.
Preschool 3/4 year olds: Tuesday and Thursday, 7:40am-10:55am (half-day) or 7:40am-2:40pm (full day)
*Children must be 3 by August 1st
*Children must be potty trained to attend class
*Maximum class size is 24 children with 3 teachers
Pre-K 4/5 year olds: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7:40am-10:55am (half-day) or 7:40am-2:40pm (full day)
*Children must be 4 by August 1st
*Children must be potty trained to attend class
*Maximum class size is 32 children with 3 teachers
Lunch Bunch: This program is being offered as a service for parents who work and/or occasionally need a little extra time in their morning. Lunch Bunch is offered from 10:55am-11:55am with dismissal at 11:55am on Pemberton Dr. If you would like your child to participate in Lunch Bunch he/she will need to bring a sack lunch (labeled) and a drink to school on the day they attend. Each child who will be participating will receive an envelope labeled Lunch Bunch in their daily folder. To enable us to plan accordingly, there will also be a monthly calendar in the envelope for you to mark the days your child will be attending each month. The cost for this service is $4.00 a day, which will be collected from your child’s daily take home folder on the last school day of each month. The envelope will be returned in your child’s take home folder with a receipt of payment. (If there is a 2 hr delay on your scheduled lunch bunch day, dismissal will be at 12:55pm instead of 11:55am. If it is on a Thursday early dismissal day, then lunch bunch will still be dismissed at 12:55pm.)
Preschool 3&4 year olds Objectives:
This classroom environment will expose children to a positive self-concept through facilitating reverence, respect and responsibility. Basic skills are reinforced to build on new skills for a better foundation for Pre-K. Preschool is a stepping stone for children to acquire an excitement of learning through exploration and discovery.
*To develop separation from adults
*To interact with other children
*To learn to share toys, feelings and experiences
*To learn how to appropriately use their words and share emotions
*To learn how to handle themselves in various situations; when someone hurts them or calls names; when possessions are taken; when working in groups; when problem solving
*To be exposed to a welcoming and positive learning environment
Curriculum Areas and Development:
Children thrive in an environment which says “Welcome”….in an atmosphere characterized by qualities of a Catholic environment-achievement, guidance, hope, imagination, fun, laughter, love, peace, trust, reverence, respect and responsibility. Our preschool creates an opportunity for children to learn about themselves and others. Our goal is to promote the development of self-esteem and confidence, reinforcing in each child the ability and willingness to learn. Children develop listening skills, following directions, and social skills while in preschool. This is accomplished through the many lessons and activities that are geared to their specific growth and development. Our preschool program lays the foundation needed for later success in school.
Fine motor skills are the foundation children need before they learn handwriting. Small muscles of the body enable such functions as writing, grasping small objects, and fastening clothing. They involve strength, control and dexterity. These skills are important in most school activities as well as in life in general. We plan activities that are interesting and fun so that children are motivated to use them during their free choice time. Most of these activities use “found materials” that can be borrowed, donated, or purchased inexpensively.
Exercising and releasing energy is essential in the development of Pre S and Pre k children. We plan daily activities that enable the children to develop large motor skills, such as, dancing to the Freeze, Animal Action and Sammy. The children not only release energy throughout the day, they learn to work together as a group when playing games, playing on the playground and using the parachute. Cooperation, listening skills and problem solving are other areas of development that children experience while in our program.
The main focus for the Language Arts Curriculum is preparing the children for reading and writing. This is accomplished through planned activities throughout the year. Each week a letter is introduced and it’s sound. To reinforce this at home as well, the children take turns taking home the “Surprise Can”. This can has the letter of the week on the outside. Parents and children are to put clues/items inside the can that begin with the letter. During daily group times we discuss what is inside the can and create a word chart full of words that begin with that letter. Group times focus primarily on language development. The children are taught the days of the week, helper chart, weather, Grand Old Flag song, and reading stories. Each week the class also attends the “Big School” library for a story time and to check out a book to take home. In addition, the children have journal writing once a week. Children are asked to draw a picture that is related to the Religion focus of the week. Then the teachers dictate their individual story about what they drew in their journal. This promotes reading and writing skills.
The children are exposed to many different types of music. Singing is a main component to our curriculum. We sing throughout the day during group times, clean up times and transitional times. Along with singing and dancing the children use musical instruments and scarves. All of these tools help in developing listening skills, eye-hand coordination, large motor skills and creative expression in our classroom.
The math curriculum focuses on counting, estimating, measuring, graphing and problem solving. Math is exposed in everything we do in the classroom. Counting the days in a month, estimating how many jelly beans are in a jar, counting money, counting in Spanish, measuring how many cups of flour are needed to make play dough, graphing how many pumpkin seeds we dug out of a pumpkin. These are only a few examples of how we introduce math in our curriculum. The children are also introduced to many manipulative’s, such as puzzles, memory, matching, and sequencing activities. We spend extensive amounts of time on fine motor skills through cutting, lacing, painting and tearing. These activities help to develop eye-hand coordination and writing skills needed for kindergarten readiness.
Themes and activities often include: nature walks throughout the neighborhood, a trip to Klug Park at the end of the year (4yr old’s), art projects that depict God’s signs of fall, winter, spring and summer, nutrition, animals, and plant life. In addition to regularly scheduled science activities, science lessons are woven into art and other classroom activities. The sensory table is filled weekly with materials that enable the children to learn through exploration. There is always something a brewing in science. From play dough, goop, watch it grow animals, shaving cream, cornstarch and water, slimy pumpkin gut’s or volcanoes. You can always find something to get your five senses going.
Each school week has a theme where students learn about: friends, family, holidays, feelings, sharing, caring, cooperation, forgiveness and other important learning concepts. Social development is a key factor in preschool. Dramatic play is essential for children to learn how to problem solve and interact with each other in a creative manner. Attention is also given to cultural awareness and the diversity among each other.
The Religion lesson is taught weekly and focuses on many different themes. The topics cover all aspects of God’s creations. Children will discover Jesus’ presence in our lives at a level that is developmentally appropriate and easy to understand. Since Religion is the basis and foundation of the program, we cover all Catholic traditions – Ordinary Time, Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. The class prays before each group time and meals. The children are taught that God is first in our lives; he is always there for them and to pray for others.
CREATIVITY AND INDIVIDUAL EXPRESSION:
Children need structure, but at the same time they need to be able to express themselves. In our classroom we expose children to a dramatic play area where children can role play, pretending to be fictional or present characters. This helps children to develop imagination, creativity, social skills, communication skills, language and problem solving. The “creative” art shelf in our classroom contains materials that are open ended and allows children to express themselves through their creations. Water and easel painting is also introduced in our curriculum. Painting develops fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, color recognition and texture. These two curriculum areas are important for a child to explore.
Due to limited class time we are limited to taking field trips, however; we arrange special guest speakers. Such as, Parkview Hospital Cares Program, dental hygienists, nurses, Auntie Ann’s Pretzels and musicians etc… We also encourage any parents to share their professions with the children. Students work together to prepare three special programs during the school year to which parents and guardians are invited. At Christmas, a play about the First Christmas is presented for parents (Pre K session), grandparents, and siblings. In the fall, dads are invited to school for a special evening for a little one-on-one time with their children (Both Pre S and Pre K sessions). During the month of May we celebrate our mothers with a program to recognize all that they do for the children. (Both Pre S and Pre K sessions)
“The teachers do a great job of starting them on a path of life long learning.”
“It is apparent that the teachers have a love and passion both for teaching and the children.”
“On the days my child had difficulties separating from me, the teachers were understanding and supportive.”
“I knew my child was safe and in a nurturing environment.”
“I enjoyed the teachers and feel blessed that St. Jude implemented a 3 yr old program.”
“My family feels more connected to the parish by attending St. Jude Preschool.”
“Starting my child in the Preschool program at St. Jude’s school, set the stage for a smooth transition into Kindergarten.”