Curriculum

Curriculum

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Early childhood education is a special time of learning. Preschoolers acquire a great deal of their knowledge and abilities participating in hands-on activities that engage all of their senses. St. Michael Preschool provides experiences that appeal to the interests and abilities of children ages two through five, allowing them to feel a sense of achievement in a safe learning atmosphere and setting the foundation for future learning.

Developmental learning objectives are the specific competencies and understandings that classroom teachers assist children in learning. Both teacher-guided and child-directed classroom activities can support mastery of these learning goals.

Thematic units help the child explore a wide variety of concepts while reinforcing developmental skills through play. Topics of special interest to the children determine classroom themes.

Learning centers create the environment for experiential learning. They normally include activities generated from the theme.

Areas of development upon which the curriculum focuses include:

  • Spiritual
  • Social-emotional
  • Physical (Fine Motor and Large Muscle development, Self-Help, Health and Safety)
  • Cognitive (Language and Literacy, Mathematical and Scientific concepts and abilities, thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills)
  • Creative Expression (Art and Music)

St. Michael Preschool follows a Pre-K curriculum written by the Diocese of Raleigh.  It focuses on five areas of development; each area covers developmentally appropriate goals for two-, three-, four- and five–year-olds.  To learn more, click here.

Classroom environments stimulate experiential learning and encourage exploration and discovery. They include art activities, block building, dramatic play, writing, library, manipulatives, puzzles, sensory tables, math and science materials.

Special classes in Creative Movement and Music are offered as well as enrichment in the Cultural Arts.

Faith education is integrated throughout the early childhood curriculum, including church morning, and Bible stories with clergy. A variety of religious education materials are utilized. The goals of faith education for the child are to:

  • Learn about Jesus’ life and teachings
  • Grow in relationship with God
  • Discover and appreciate God’s creation
  • Worship God in prayer and song
  • Begin to experience the Catholic tradition
  • Exhibit Christian respect for self and others

Preschool Two-Year-Old Program

Two day (M/W or T/TH): Two years old by 8/31/2017

In this program, parents work with classroom leaders to provide a play experience for toddlers.  It is an opportunity for parents to have time away while their children play and socialize in a safe, caring environment. However, depending on the needs of the children and the class as a whole, parents or caregivers may be required to help in the classroom on a rotating basis between September and December.  Activities are developmentally appropriate for the age of the children.

Typical Day

All classes are organized to incorporate a variety of activities. The following schedule reflects a typical day at the preschool.

9:30 am: Free-Play: Children select from a variety of self-directed activities.

9:45 am: Circle Time: The children gather for prayer and welcome. The teacher introduces the theme and centers for the day.

10:00 am: Centers: Children work in small groups as they engage in teacher-guided and self-directed activities.

11:00 am: Playground

11:30 am: Snack

11:45 am: Creative Music & Movement: The class participates in Music & Movement activities including songs, finger plays, gross motor skills and fitness

12:15 pm: Storytime/Closing Circle: Time used to develop language and listening skills.


Preschool Three-Year-Old Program

Two day (T/Th) or Three day (M/W/F): Three (3) years old by 8/31/2017

There is a significant emphasis in this program on socialization. The teachers strive to help the children build self-confidence and self-esteem while they learn through play. We encourage and promote interest in socializing, imaginative play, group activities, and solitary play. All of these activities are enriched with stories and music.

To learn more about the key development objectives of this curriculum, click here.

Typical Day

All classes are organized to incorporate a variety of activities. The following schedule reflects a typical day at the preschool.

9:30 am: Free-Play: Children select from a variety of self-directed activities.

9:45 am: Circle Time: The children gather for prayer and welcome. The teacher introduces the theme and centers for the day.

10:00 am: Centers: Children work in small groups as they engage in teacher-guided and self-directed activities.

11:00 am: Playground

11:30 am: Snack

11:45 am: Creative Music & Movement: The class participates in Music & Movement activities including songs, finger plays, gross motor skills and fitness

12:15 pm: Storytime/Closing Circle: Time used to develop language and listening skills.


Preschool Four-Year-Old Program

Three day (MWF), Four day (M-TH): Four (4) by 8/31/2017

The four-year-old program encourages children to look for peer relationships, to play cooperatively with others as well as alongside them, to share, contribute and interact with others in a group, to explore and to create!  At the same time, the children’s confidence and self-esteem are strengthened.  Programs consist of a vast array of thematic units that concentrate on continuing to develop social skills while introducing kindergarten readiness skills.  We use a multisensory approach to handwriting and teachers encourage children to be curious in a fun, exciting, and developmentally appropriate way.

To learn more about the key development objectives of this curriculum, click here.

Typical Day

All classes are organized to incorporate a variety of activities. The following schedule reflects a typical day at the preschool.

9:30 am: Free-Play: Children select from a variety of self-directed activities.

9:45 am: Circle Time: The children gather for prayer and welcome. The teacher introduces the theme and centers for the day.

10:00 am: Centers: Children work in small groups as they engage in teacher-guided and self-directed activities.

11:00 am: Playground

11:30 am: Snack

11:45 am: Creative Music & Movement: The class participates in Music & Movement activities including songs, finger plays, gross motor skills and fitness

12:15 pm: Storytime/Closing Circle: Time used to develop language and listening skills.


Preschool Developmental Kindergarten

Five Day (M-F) – Five (5) years old by 10/31/2017

The Developmental Kindergarten program encourages children to look for peer relationships, to play cooperatively with others as well as alongside them, to share, contribute and interact with others in a group, to explore and to create!  At the same time the children’s confidence and self-esteem are strengthened. Programs consist of a vast array of thematic units that concentrate on continuing to develop social skills while introducing kindergarten readiness skills. We use a multisensory approach to handwriting and teachers encourage children to be curious in a fun, exciting, and developmentally appropriate way.

Five-Day Developmental Kindergarten

Five (5) years old by 10/31/2015

The luxury of five days affords the teacher the opportunity to more fully explore each unit with the children. Teachers encourage readiness to learn and question, utilization of the children's developing sense of responsibility and their abilities for imaginative play, dramatic play, construction, and simple games. This program offers a "kinder, gentler" approach for children who need an extra year to grow before entering a full day kindergarten.

To learn more about the developmental objectives of this curriculum, click here.

Typical Day

All classes are organized to incorporate a variety of activities. The following schedule reflects a typical day at the preschool.

9:30 Free-Play: Children select from a variety of self-directed activities.

9:45 Circle Time: The children gather for prayer and welcome. The teacher introduces the theme and centers for the day.

10:00 Centers: Children work in small groups as they engage in teacher-guided and self-directed activities.

11:00 Playground

11:30 Snack

11:45 Creative Music & Movement: The class participates in Music & Movement activities including songs, finger plays, gross motor skills and fitness

12:15 Storytime/Closing Circle: Time used to develop language and listening skills.