Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, The Creative Curriculum encourages children to develop confidence, creativity and lifelong critical thinking skills. The curriculum helps teachers to understand developmentally appropriate practice and to create daily routines and meaningful experiences that respond to children’s strengths, interests and needs.
Teaching Strategies, creators of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, states The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is based on five fundamental principles:
- Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
- Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
- Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
- The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
- Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning.
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. The curriculum provides clear guidance on the teacher’s role in addressing content in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and technology while focusing on the primary importance of social and emotional development in children’s learning.
In addition to The Creative Curriculum, our Pre-K classroom incorporates Handwriting without Tears and Everyday in Pre-K Math into the curriculum.
Preschool Chapel is conducted weekly for the three-year-old and Pre-K classes. Rector Fr. Kaynor shares a Bible story with the children. Christian holidays are celebrated, and Grace is offered before snack.
- Music classes are offered weekly for all programs.
- Creative Movement classes are offered weekly for all programs.
- Other enrichment opportunities include plays, guest speakers and school wide events.
Every morning, classroom teachers greet children at their classroom door. Children play until Circle Time at 9:15 A.M. Children discuss the daily calendar, the weather and the day’s activities during Circle Time.
The preschool schedule enables children to:
- Play in various classroom centers
- Work with a teacher on a project or activity
- Enjoy a healthy snack with classmates
- Play outside on the playground or in Parish Hall (if inclement weather)
- Participate in weekly Music and Creative Movement classes
- Attend Preschool Chapel with Fr. Kaynor (Three Year Olds and Pre-K Students)
Children engage in a second Circle Time at the end of the school day. Preschool dismissal begins at 11:50 A.M. with outdoor pick up.
Lunch Bunch, an optional after school program, is offered from 12:00 P.M.-12:55 P.M., Monday through Thursday. Children eat a parent-provided lunch together and participate in an additional outdoor play time. The Lunch Bunch program can accommodate 16 children with 2 teachers.