As students in Pre-K, the children are given an opportunity to explore, develop, socialize, and appreciate. In Religion classes, they explore the beauty of their world in words, symbols, rituals, and expressions, sensing in these the presence of God. Through Bible stories, Jesus becomes their friend. Prayer becomes a daily ritual.
Language experience and development is enhanced by the introduction of the Letter People. These classroom visitors teach the name of their letter and its sound. Each has distinct characteristics as shown in their songs and creative activities. Much practice is given to daily listening skills as the children enjoy a variety of literary pieces during storytime. Literature is used as the primary source from which many activities grow. Beginning writing skills are taught through careful practice of the letters which are then combined to form simple words and, most importantly, their individual names.
The Number people introduce the children to the numerals. Counting is a daily practice. Songs, poems, and Big Books help with shapes, matching skills, sizes, sets, and number consciousness. A wide range of manipulatives – for example, counters, puzzles, and number lines – are used for hands-on learning.
The use of creative units throughout the year, which tie into science, social studies, music, and art, develop a well-rounded curriculum. Monthly activities enhance the student’s awareness of the changing seasons and religious holidays. Special classes, such as Physical Education, Computer, and Library enrich the Pre-K experience outside the classroom lessons.
The goals of the first year of a child’s education are clear. First, to create a student who is responsible and respectful. Second, to instill self-confidence in the learning atmosphere. Finally, to begin the process of becoming a life-long learner.