Academics

Preschool


The Saint Kilian Parish School Preschool program provides an excellent preparation for kindergarten within a caring Catholic environment. We encourage each child to grow in an awareness of self and others through the love of God.

Our preschool program assists in developing the total person creatively, spiritually, socially, emotionally, mentally, physically and intellectually. It promotes the development of the whole child. We aim to prepare children to think more clearly for themselves. We want children to grow up to be intrinsically motivated, life-long learners. Therefore, it is the process we are focused on rather than the end result. We encourage risk taking and trial and error discovery to help our children attach new meaning and learning to what they already know.

Joy in the learning process is encouraged by a developmentally appropriate curriculum. The curriculum includes religion, reading readiness, mathematics, science, social studies, Spanish and physical activities. Special attention is given to social development through cooperative play. Music is an important part of our program, and our Pre-K students will present an end of the year program for their families.

The primary purpose of this preschool is to provide guidance, an enriching environment, and varied experiences which will help the child to know his or her full potential and attain it. Through self-understanding and self-appreciation, we seek to enable the child to make a successful home-school transition. Our goal is to assist children in learning how to relate to each other, become familiar with a group setting, and develop the following: interest in learning, security and self-satisfaction, self- expression, self-control, creativity and responsibility.

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3 Year Old PreschoolAcademic and Curriculum Information for our Three Year Old Program

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4 Year Old PreschoolAcademic and Curriculum Information for our Four Year Old Program




3 Year Old Preschool

The 3 Year Old Preschool program is a readiness program which enriches motor, auditory, visual, and comprehension skills. The curriculum engages the child developing awareness in the emotional and aesthetic as well as the intellectual dimensions of learning. The program is designed to create strategies that promote the children to think critically and creatively in all aspects of the educational domain (socially, intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally).

Our 3 Year Old Preschool class meets twice each week on Tuesday and Thursday. We offer a morning session from 8:30am to 11:00am and an afternoon session from 12:00pm to 2:30pm.

  • Follow directions
  • Listen attentively
  • Play well with others
  • Learn to share with others
  • Learn proper hygiene
  • Use appropriate language
  • Take care of materials and property
  • Obey school and safety rules
  • Use art materials correctly
  • Identify first name in written form
  • Begins to print some letters in first name/writes first name
  • Identifies uppercase letters A – Z
  • Begins to learn days of the week and months of the year
  • Recites the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Identifies eight basic colors (red, white, blue, black, purple, pink, yellow, and orange)
  • Listens to stories attentively
  • Expresses ideas/theories/emotions through art
  • Develop fine motor skills (using paintbrushes, pencils, crayons, scissors, gluing)
  • Learn to use paint and painting tools correctly
  • Develop eye/hand coordination
  • Making new discoveries using various art materials
  • Learn the meaning of friendship
  • Learn to become a good "disciple"
  • Develop empathy and kindness towards others
  • Introduce numbers 1 – 10
  • Count 1 – 10
  • Identify five basic shapes:  circle, square, rectangle, triangle, and oval
  • Understand concept of longer, shorter, bigger, and smaller
  • Understand concept of first and last
  • Begin to arrange numbers 1 – 10 in sequential order

Children will be introduced to the Spanish words for colors and numbers (1 – 10) and simple greetings.

The music program is designed to instill and promote joy and appreciation of music as well as feelings of joy and praise to God, our Creator.

  • Learn to actively listen to music
  • Experiment with movement by encouraging freedom while moving rhythmically
  • Differentiate between high and low notes, and soft and loud notes
  • Differentiate between songs with and without accompaniment
  • Learn finger plays and rhymes
  • Learn songs of praise and thanksgiving to God

Natural science enables children to understand themselves, others, the world in which they live, and their Creator. Observation and discovery is a meaningful experience for young children.

  • Examine daily weather conditions and predict changes
  • Explain the Earth experiences seasonal changes
  • Examine planting materials
  • Observe the growth of plans, seeds, bulbs, cuttings
  • Discover color changes observed in autumn
  • Compare habitats and food of animals
  • Experiment with magnifying glasses


4 Year Old Preschool

The Pre-K (4 year old) is a readiness program which enriches motor, auditory, visual, and comprehension skills. The curriculum engages the child developing awareness in the emotional and aesthetic as well as the intellectual dimensions of learning. The program is designed to create strategies that promote the children to think critically and creatively in all aspects of the educational domain (socially, intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally).

Our 4 Year Old Preschool class meets three times each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We offer a morning session from 8:30am to 11:00am and an afternoon session from 12:00pm to 2:30pm.

Language Arts is the art of communication. Language Arts in the preschool years is defined by the young child's ability to recognize the relationship between the written and spoken word as a form of communication. It embodies the communication skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Language Arts encompasses:

  • Dramatic Play
  • Storytelling
  • Environmental Print
  • Participate as speakers and listeners in group activities
  • Language development
  • Master sequence of alphabet
  • Recognition of upper and lower case letters
  • Letter-sound correspondence
  • Identify simple vocabulary words
  • Auditory and visual perception
  • Respond to stories, poems, and songs through questions, dramatization, retelling, and drawings
  • Left to right progression
  • Top to bottom progression
  • Sequencing
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Rhyming words
  • Enhancement of creative thinking
  • Increase oral vocabulary
  • Answer in complete sentences
  • Ask for help using appropriate vocabulary
  • Predict what a book will be about
  • Recognize the details of a story
  • Recognize the basic idea of a story
  • Identify whether characters will be people or animals
  • Determine whether the story could really happen
  • Develop an interest in literature
  • Build comprehension skills
  • Appreciate poetry

Religion is a vital part of a child's education. Our goal is to help children grow as Catholic Christians. This is the reason why parents choose to send their children to the Saint Kilian Preschool. Our objectives are:

  • To provide young children with an experience of belonging to a warm, welcoming, caring community
  • To provide opportunities to discover the wonder of God's creation, living and non-living, and to see all of creation as a gift from a loving God.
  • To affirm families as God's gifts
  • To help the children express their enjoyment of God's gifts through prayer
  • To have the children experience prayer, liturgy and bible stories in class
  • To learn to love and forgive and live a Christian life as Jesus

Line, texture, shape, color and value are elements of art.  These are the building blocks from which art is created. This program is designed to help young children discover and interact with various media and have an appreciation for beauty found both in the natural as well as the creative (invented) state. Creative expression and fine motor skills will be developed.

  • Experience various media forms of art (drawing, painting, collage, and clay)
  • Incorporate technology (iPad) with art
  • Support, guide and challenge children in their expressions of art

The children will be introduced to the Spanish words for colors and numbers (1 – 10) and simple greetings, as well as parts of the body and family members.

Mathematics at the preschool level is based on inquiry, exploration, and discovery of the child's environment leading to future development of abstract thought. Through a variety of teaching strategies, the child will be exposed to both structured and informal group activities. The Sadlier-Oxford Series will be the text used.

  • Problem solving (block area, puzzles, games, etc.)
  • Symmetry and balance (block area)
  • Standard and non-standard units of measure
  • Positional terms (above, below, top, middle, bottom, over, under, etc.)
  • Comparison and patterns
  • Number readiness and graphing
  • Concepts such as fewer, more, and equal sets
  • Tallying
  • Number recognition and writing 0-10 (continue numbers after these are mastered)
  • Counting
  • Calendar activities

The music program is designed to instill and promote joy and appreciation of music as well as feelings of joy and praise to God, our Creator.

  • Learn to actively listen to music
  • Experiment with movement by encouraging freedom while moving rhythmically
  • Differentiate between high and low notes, and soft and loud notes
  • Differentiate between songs with and without accompaniment
  • Learn finger plays and rhymes
  • Learn songs of praise and thanksgiving to God

Natural science enables children to understand themselves, others, the world in which they live, and their Creator. Observation and discovery is a meaningful experience for young children.

  • Examine daily weather conditions and predict changes
  • Explain the Earth experiences seasonal changes
  • Examine planting materials
  • Observe the growth of plans, seeds, bulbs, cuttings
  • Discover color changes observed in autumn and discuss
  • Compare habitats and food of animals
  • Measure with scales and balances

Social studies serves to introduce the young child to the people and customs of their immediate environment and community.

  • Recognize the importance of self and others
  • Appreciate one's own family and other families
  • Identify occupations performed by local government
  • Show an awareness of people in local government
  • Promote a feeling of patriotism
  • Respect our American heritage and that of other cultures
  • Demonstrate fairness, cooperation and courtesy in dealing with others in a group setting
  • Respect the ideas of others
  • Recognize the importance of community helpers
  • Learn about different occupations
  • Recognize the importance of maps and globes
  • Identify school workers by name and the location of their work
  • Recite the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Become familiar with and celebrate holidays throughout the year with their historical origin

Technology, specifically, the iPad, will be used to support lessons in a planned and guided manner.  We will engage the use of technology in a pedagogical approach to learning. For example:

  • Play Art app as a drawing tool to sketch out drawings/paintings
  • App Kidzstory to be used as an additional listening center – children turn (swipe) the pages of a book, as it is read to them
  • App Monkey Drum to be interactively used by children in creating music