Is your child’s preschool classroom large, colorful, & divided into carefully planned centers? At St. Jemuel you will find your child’s room filled with bright, primary colors and a variety of materials for your child to manipulate, explore, snuggle, play with, and share. The room is especially designed to encourage your child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn about her/his world.
St. Jemuel’s school readiness goals are aligned with the Common Core Standards empowers our students to accomplish skills and knowledge that are essential to move to the next level in learning.
Our students have learned to apply and connect their skills and knowledge to real life situations. Through fun activities, music, math, art, the non-fiction and fiction literature, and field trips our children are more confident, happy and growing each day. Each child’s needs are individually met by a staff of dedicated teachers and administrators.
The goal for our threes is to exhibit self-confidence and connect with their peers. We measure these skills by their ability to seek out guidance from their teachers, enjoying learning and working together. They have become more aware of their environment and classroom etiquette. They engage in conversation and actively participate in the classroom centers. Their meal time becomes a social and enjoyable activity. Napping is starting to be a challenge for some who are stimulated by the day’s activities. They engage in outdoor activities daily.
Children are able to understand their community by acquiring, adapting, practicing and applying knowledge to construct different concepts through play, observation, listening, problem solving and exploring. Our curriculum includes the following:
Literacy: Children explore the world of books and feel safe and secure as they are introduced to reading. Brightly illustrated children’s books are displayed at eye level, there are chairs and small tables with paper and crayons and markers for children to practice drawing and writing.
Dramatic play: Children experiment with different roles as they explore the familiar and the unknown through pretend play. This area is filled with props and dress-up clothes to encourage imagination. Children learn to work with other children, to share and to make compromises (
Manipulative play: Children carefully string beads into colorful patterns, build complex structure out of Legos, and put puzzles together, deep in concentration. Shelves are filled with puzzles, pegboards, beads, and other small construction toys. Children develop fine motor skills by using their fingers and hands in creative ways. They learn hand/eye coordination and practice problem-solving skills.
Blocks: Children work together to build “the highest tower in the whole world.” A girl is constructing a bridge and a boy is loading little people into cars for a journey over the girl’s bridge and down the road he has just completed. They are developing an understanding of the relationships between size and shape, and the basic math concepts of geometry and numbers.
Art: We encourage creativity by providing colored paper, crayons, markers, tape, paste, and safe scissors. Art projects may be done either independently or simultaneously as a class activity. Children are developing small muscle control and hand/eye coordination, as well as creativity.