The goal of the Early Childhood program is for children to learn and play with others in a happy, nurturing environment. Emphasis is placed on always being respectful and showing kindness to others. Students learn about God’s love for them and the special gifts they have been given by God. They learn to play well with others, initiate social interactions, follow program routines, and solve problems appropriately. There are many opportunities throughout the day for children to develop their fine and large motor skills. The program also helps children develop math and language readiness skills. Teachers use a developmentally appropriate multi-sensory approach to provide experiences that will ultimately prepare the students for kindergarten. Pre-Kindergarten 3y & 4y Program In the Pre-Kindergarten classroom, three and four year old children are grouped together in a same-age class. The class encompasses a wide range of developmental stages, which lets each child find his/her own place along the continuum. The curriculum is designed specifically to support the wide range of developmental abilities. Each child has the opportunity to complete the stages of development at his/her own pace. The Pre-Kindergarten program emphasizes the development of social skills and school readiness skills. We offer 3, 4 or 5 full or half day attendance options. Set days may be determined by the parent, in coordination with the teacher. (These selected days must be the same each week.) Full Day Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm Half Day Hours: 8:30am-11:50am A Day in the Life of our Pre-K 3yr olds! Circle time The students learn things such as: letters, days of the week, weather, colors, shapes, numbers, etc. This time may also include having stories read to them as well as student "share and tell" time. Table time: This is the time that our students work on themes, do crafts, letter of the week, pre-school math, etc.Snack time: The students eat snack in the classroom. Our students pray before each meal.Free time: The students are able to choose and play on their own using the classroom areas.Lunch time: The students eat lunch in the classroom. Our students pray before each meal.Nap time: The students nap in the classroom, on cots, for an hour.Music and Movement: Teacher led songs and games.End of day -Release: Final circle time, prayer, pack up for dismissal. A Day in the Life of our Pre-K 4y olds! Students receive instruction in the subjects of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Religion, Science and Social Studies. We utilize curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Free Play: The students are able to choose and play on their own using the classroom areas.Morning Prayer : Students listen and practice the Catholic faith through Gospel stories and prayers.Calendar/Math: Students are guided in their math learning by real world applications of math skills. Letter/Sound Work/Print Work: Students learn skills in letter-sound relationships, alphabetic order, and letter formation. Students are exposed to literacy through daily read alouds, and center based learning. Playground: Students play outside on the playground structure. Science and Social Studies: Our science and social studies curriculum is fully aligned with the Massachusetts Frameworks and taught thematically by unit of study.Nap Time: The students nap in the classroom, on cots, for an hour.Sensory Play: Students work with white boards, play dough, or sand.