Preschool




PreSchool

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Preschool

AM CLASS    8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
PM CLASS 12:45 PM - 3:15 PM


Mission Statement


We are committed to Catholic education, developing faith life, building community, and Christian service.  We endeavor to create a school environment that fosters respect for each person, develops a health self-concept, and is conducive to learning.  We offer a curriculum that develops the whole person through science, mathematics, social studies, language arts, the arts, and religious studies.


Goals


Saint Margaret Mary has goals that give direction to the program during each session.

1.
To encourage and foster personal prayer and knowledge of God through daily prayer, Bible stories, liturgical seasonal activities etc.
2.
To encourage curious, spontaneous, self-disciplined and self-confident behavior.
3.
To develop meaningful, healthy, social relationships among children and adults.
4.
To encourage growth and exploration, but not to the point of pressuring a child to participate in activities that are of no interest for him/her.
5.
To provide a curriculum that offers engaging age appropriate activities and fosters creativity and language development.
6.

To maintain a safe and stimulating environment.

7.

To offer flexibility within structure.

8.
To provide a warm and caring environment.

We believe all children are unique and learn at their own rate. We provide a loving, caring, welcoming environment that respects individuality.  The children experience the sound of pleasant conversation, laughter, and exclamations of excitement.  They also learn through play, which is their work.

The classroom is divided into interest centers 1) blocks, 2) dramatic play, 3) language development, 4) manipulative/math, 5) expressive arts, 6) science.  All the activities are open-ended; that is there are no right or wrong ways of doing things.  The child is free to explore and manipulate the preschool environment, within limits, of course.

The teachers' role in the program is to plan and set up play environment, which stimulates children to learn.  The teachers are there to guide the children's play.  The teachers may intervene with play when necessary and/or appropriate.  The discipline used is reasoning-finding out what happened and why.  If behavior cannot be resolved by reasoning, or, if it continues to occur, a child may have to be redirected to another activity or have a "quiet time" from all activities.

In the preschool program, we strive to provide your child with a stimulating learning environment through creative play experiences.  In addition, we attempt to promote emotional, social, intellectual/cognitive and physical growth.


Readiness for Entering Pre-School

Behavioral Observations
1.
Separation from adult - child should be able to separate from parent comfortably.
2.
Verbal ability - child is able to verbally communicate.
3.
Speech articulation - child is easily understood and needs are expressed in an intelligible way.
4.
Listening skills - child enjoys sitting and listening to a story.
5.

Potty trained - child is able to take care of bathroom needs independently.




3 Year Old Pre-School


Must be 3 years old by September 1 and potty trained.  No pull-ups may be used.

3 Year Class Schedule - Tuesday, Thursday - 12:45 - 3:15pm



1. Welcome: Manipulatives, puzzles, duplos, open art table, or outside play if weather permitting.


2. Circle time: Gathering for prayer, hello song, calendar, weather, concept development.


3. Wash hands/Snack time: Social skills, prayer passing snack, pouring juice, and practicing manners.


4. Library/Quiet time: Music, large motor, story time.


5. Center time: Art table, easel painting, dramatic play, concept development, sensory activity.


6. Large motor development, inside or outside.


7. Good-byes

4 Year Old Pre-School


Must be 4 years old by September 1 and potty trained.  No pull-ups may be used.

4 Year Class Schedule
Three days - MWF - 8:30 - 11:00 am
Five days - MTWTF - 8:30 - 11:00 am


1. Welcome: Manipulatives, puzzles, duplos, open art table, or outside play if weather permitting.

2. Circle time: Gathering for prayer, hello song, calendar, weather, concept development.


3. Wash hands/Snack time: Social skills, prayer passing snack, pouring juice, and practicing manners.


4. Library/Quiet time: Music, large motor, story time.


5. Center time: Art table, easel painting, dramatic play, concept development, sensory activity.


6. Large motor development, inside or outside.


7. Good-byes


Differences Between 3 & 4 year old Classes



1. 4 year olds are more involved with prayers.


2. More advanced books are read to the 4 year old class.


3. At 4 year old circle time more time is spent on discussion, sharing and concept development.  More focus is on paying attention for longer periods of time.

4. Directions for 4 year old art activities and projects are more involved.


5. 4 year olds work on different puzzles with more pieces.


6. 4 year olds pour their own juice and pass around snacks when applicable.


7. 4 year olds practice printing their name in the upper left hand corner.


8. In January the letters of the alphabet are introduced each week to the 4 year olds.


9. 4 year olds play more difficult board games and memory games


 
 

SAINT MARGARET MARY EDUCATION CENTER
119 S. Hubbard Street
Algonquin, Illinois 60102
(847)658-5313


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