3-Year Old Preschool and 4-Year Old Pre-Kindergarten
Welcome to the preschool and pre-kindergarten programs at St. John School! We are proud of our skilled and devoted teachers, and the curriculum they have created for our youngest students.
We offer a wide range of activities meant to introduce the proper relational and social skills of respect and care while exploring the basics of early literacy as well as both mathematical and scientific thinking.
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What do the students learn in class?
- An alphabet letter each week that covers phonics and writing.
- Shapes/Colors/ Numbers/Introduction to math concepts with counting, graphing and sorting.
- Social skills by creating independence, a positive self-image through play and cooperative learning with peers.
- Community relations with a food drive for the St. John Food Pantry through “Stuff the Turkey Campaign”
- Big Buddy/ Little Buddy. Children are partnered up with a higher grade to provide older peer role modeling.
- Seeds religion activities that follow the Gospel in church. It is age-appropriate and geared specifically for 4-and-5-year-olds.
What kind of activities do they do?
- With the letter of the week, a letter page is created for their alphabet portfolio (PreK-4). The alphabet portfolio goes home at the end of the year with all their hard work. A table of contents explains what was done for each letter. A letter song is sung daily. Letter formation and phonics as a new letter are presented each week. The range of development is wide and children need time to develop fine motor skills through painting, cutting, drawing and play dough experimentation.
- In the PreK-3, letters and numbers are talked about, but the curriculum is geared toward social experience.
Do children receive any special learning? (i.e. one-on-one time, students spotlight, extra help learning to read)
- As the children become confident leaving mom and dad, and when they are adjusted to the routine of school, assessments are done on the basic skills of letter recognition, shapes, colors and numbers. Children are also screened for physical delays.
- If a child is delayed with speech, a specialist from the Little Chute School District comes in to observe and provide additional services.
- Each week a child is chosen for Special Person of the Week. The week will include special activities to celebrate that child.
What works best in the classroom environment?
- Smaller class size gives children more one-on-one time.
- We promote a positive classroom environment while providing a quality program with developmental appropriate activities throughout the day.
- We incorporate God’s message into our daily schedule, i.e. kindness, love and understanding.