St. Rose’s Preschool Program (age 3): Our mission is to provide a high quality, developmentally appropriate program for young children and their families. We strive to support children to reach their potential as learners, to help them find joy in learning, and to have meaningful experiences. We develop the curriculum based on student’s skills, needs, and interests. We encourage problem solving and emphasize process rather than product. Children will be given opportunities to explore their natural environment and to build on what they already know. We seek to build on fundamental skills in all areas of development that will set the foundation for future learning. We provide a safe and nurturing environment where children feel free to express themselves, explore, discover, and problem solve as they continue to grow in their independence.
The structure of the day is created to help support creativity and deeper level thinking. Children are able to make choices and to learn at their own level during free play and self-directed activities. Teacher-directed activities are provided to help guide children’s thinking and to work towards certain goals. The daily schedule provides quiet and active activities, individual and large group activities, and child-choice and teacher directed activities. This will foster your child’s relationship with God. A variety of materials and activities are prepared and available to help provide a rich experience. Children will grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, as well as academically. We intentionally provide activities to foster literacy, language, mathematics science, arts, movement, social interactions, and practical life activities.
St. Rose’s Prekindergarten Program (age 4) provides a strong academic program of basic skills, fosters a love of learning, and challenges students at their levels of learning with opportunities for success. Children are taught to love and accept themselves, others, and God.
The curriculum by which St. Rose Preschool students learn is through instruction in:
Religion: Religious instruction, daily prayer, caring for others, dealing with feelings, morals while providing lived examples of a loving Christian community
Reading and language arts: recognition of names and sounds of letters, poems, songs, chants, nursery rhymes, phonic activities, stories read daily by the teacher, “show and tell”
Writing: drawing, coloring, painting, and cutting activities, working on fine motor skills, practicing writing each letter learned (upper and lower case, left to right, and top to bottom. The modern manuscript method of printing)
Social Studies: the following are units that are developed: our environment, All about Me, Community, various holidays, famous people and family
Science: the following areas are focused on in preschool: food groups, the five senses, human body/health, weather/seasons, fish, insects/spiders, dinosaurs, plants/farms, the solar system
Art: creative expression is developed by developing the students’ fine motor skills, listening skills, following directions all the while using a variety of art media
Math: we have the students work with patterns, sorting, numbers 1-20 (recognition, counting, and using and writing numbers)
Music: there is a class with the music teacher twice a week, participating in Christmas and spring concerts, classroom singing and finger plays.