Preschool

Thank you for considering Saint Monica Catholic Academy Preschool for your child’s entry into the world of education!  Your child is at an impressionable age and what they experience in these early years will shape how they act, react, and perceive things the rest of their lives.  First and foremost our program helps them realize how very much they are loved by God.

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Program Goals

  • Promote friendship and love
  • Build self-esteem by bringing each child to life as a distinct person
  • Provide opportunities for child success
  • Develop a love of learning
  • Help each child reach his/her potential
  • Develop a desire to question and explore their environment
  • Develop a sense of curiosity by providing ample first-hand experiences
  • Build small and large muscle coordination
  • Introduce the child to friendly, helpful adults outside the home
  • Encourage independence

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The three year old program encourages growth in a classroom atmosphere which, for some children, is the first time they are separating from parents or grandparents.  In addition to learning social skills such as sharing, and listening to a “new” adult, they learn their colors shapes, numbers, nursery rhymes, and enjoy singing, story time and many, many craft projects.  A typical day in our three year old program is below.

Typical 3 year old day

Morning Session 9:00am to 11:00am Afternoon Session 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Prayer 9:00am 12:30pm
Circle Time 9:10am to 9:30am 12:40pm to 1:00pm
Small Group Learning* 9:30am to 10:00am 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Social/Play/PE/Library# 10:00am to 10:30am 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Snack 10:30am 2:00pm
Closing Circle 10:45am 2:15pm
Dismissal 11:00am 2:30pm
*Small Group learning sessions include colors, numbers, nursery rhymes, thematic art activities
#Social play encourages interaction with peers, sharing and cooperating in a supervised setting. The children’s librarian from Carnegie Library visits twice a month.

The four year old program will be a full-day program beginning with the 2015-16 school year.  We focus on readying our four year olds on readying for kindergarten and includes instruction on letters of the alphabet and sound recognition, an introduction to the Spanish language, science, math, and social studies.  We spend time each month on different units featuring dinosaurs, American Indians, the country of Mexico, and the Oceans.

Typical 4 year old day

Full Day 4 Year Old Session 8:30am to 2:30pm
Prayer 8:30am to 8:40am
Circle Time 8:40am to 9:15am
Small Group Learning* 9:15am to 10:00am
Creative Play/PE 10:00am to 10:30am
Snack 10:30am to 10:45am
Closing Circle 10:45am to 11:00pm
Transitioning 11:00am to 11:15am
Gross Motor Skills Activity 11:15am to 11:45am
Lunch 11:45am to 12:15pm
Stem Lab/Computer/Music/Library 12:15pm to 1:00pm
Rest 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Small Group Learning* 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Closing Circle 2:00pm to 2:20pm
Dismissal 2:30pm
*Small Group learning sessions include math, reading, science, and thematic art activities. All day sessions will develop the theme of the day further with pertinent activities to enrich the learning experience.

St. Joseph's Day  Preschool dress up day  Preschool Sunflowers

For more information or to arrange a classroom visit please contact our Preschool Coordinator Rosanne Fairley at rfairley@saintmonicaacademy.org or by calling the school at 724-846-5955.