St. Mary's Catholic School

Educating the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, and physically.

“We Can” Pre-k Curriculum

Language Arts

Oral Language, Students will:

  • Enhance vocabulary growth by talking, sharing ideas, naming, and describing objects.
  • Learn to identify sounds, rhymes, rhythms, and chants.
  • Will clap and count word parts

Vocabulary Development, Students will:

  • Will listen stories, focus on print, repetition of words, reinforce word knowledge
  • Use words to name, describe, and compare objects, and actions in a language-rich, print-rich environment
  • Will participate in scheduled library class period with the librarian to hear stories, encourage book etiquette, author study, and general library expectations.

Phonological Awareness, Students will:

  • Will be instructed in pre-reading skills which include isolation and blending sounds, segmenting words, and combining parts to say the word.
  • Begin to connect sounds and letters represented in print.

Literacy and Written Expression, Students will:

  • Share literature to connect spoken and written language.
  • Encourage wide reading to develop an appreciation for literature and print
  • Curriculum includes materials and activities and that develop print awareness, language skills, and pre-writing skills.

Pre-Writing, Students will:

  • Be taught to draw and print using five pre-writing stokes.
  • See modeling examples and be provided correct feedback to use the correct grip for writing.
  • To use the strokes to print alphabet letters, numerals, and words.

Math

Students will:

  • Learn about geometry, shapes, colors, sizes, comparisons for weights, volumes, lengths, and heights, number sense, and numerals, sets of more, less and equality.
  • Learn to manipulate, count, and compare materials to discover how math concepts’ apply to the world.

Science

Students will:

  • Participate in learning centers and activities that encourage manipulating materials to discover scientific concepts.
  • Have the opportunity to discover, analyze and problem solve.

Health and Safety

Students will:

  • Learn to develop good health habits, using safety rules, and ways to care for themselves and others.

Social Studies, Personal and Social Development

Students will:

  • Learn to appreciate themselves and their families through role playing, talking, and listening to stories.
  • Learn social skills that are important in relationships and for understanding how to participate in social communities

Fine Arts and Physical Development

Students will:

  • Recite finger plays and poems to learn rhythms and rhymes.
  • Finger paint, color, draw, tear and glue, and explore using art materials.
  • Learn to enjoy and appreciate music and movement as they develop concepts about body awareness, space, motion, and boundaries.
  • Participate in a scheduled physical education class period with a certified physical education instructor for a variety of organized movements and games, and free movement.
  • Participate in a scheduled musical class period with a certified instructor to explore a variety of music, musical instructments, finger plays, songs, and begin to appreciate music.\
  • Participate in a scheduled art class period with a certified instructor to explore the proper use of art materials and be introduced to the general concepts of art

Religion

Students will:

  • Learn about God and the World He Created through an church-approved religious book
  • Taught the Lord’s Prayer, Morning and Ending of the Day Prayers, meal Blessing prayers and the Angel of God prayer.
  • Attend Mass at least once a month at the School Mass, participate in any all-school religious activities, and practice the lessons of the Catholic faith.

Music

St. Mary’s Preschool music program is centered around the traditional folk music collection of Dr. John Feierabend’s of the Hartt School of Music.  This program is designed to help develop children’s musical intelligence.   Children will experience an array of age-appropriate activities, including:

  • Traditional children’s songs and rhymes
  • Tapping, bouncing, and clapping games
  • Fun with beats and rhythms
  • Echo and call-and-response songs
  • Hands-on exploration of simple instruments
  • Sing-alongs and improvisations
  • Dances, marches, and exploratory movement
  • Story songs

Using these concepts results in:

  • Positive self-concept in regards to musical skills
  • Enhanced spatial temporal reasoning
  • Increased capacity to feel rhythm and beat
  • Improved ability to listen and remember
  • Coordination of mind and body
  • Speech and language development

Our music class are designed to help your child

  • Think musically and use their voices naturally and with confidence
  • Develop a rhythmic  “body sense”, and keep a beat
  • Respond sensitively to the ideas and feeling expressed in music