St. Mary’s Early Childhood Curriculum
Our Early Childhood Program emphasizes social and emotional growth through developmentally age appropriate activities for 2.9 to 4 year old children. Through cooperative learning, exploration, and hands-on activities, we foster a love for learning in all our students. We provide a safe, nurturing environment that helps to build a positive self-image and intellectual curiosity.
PreK students build skills in phonemic awareness, phonics, and speech production through the OWL Literacy (Opening the World of Learning) program. Beginning in K1, students are exposed to a comprehensive research-based Early Childhood curriculum that focuses on literacy skills (letter-sound relationships, alphabetic order, and letter formation). Learning without Tears ensures that students master critical writing skills in preparation for kindergarten and beyond. Throughout the two-year continuum, students strengthen language and oral speaking skills through their interaction with teachers and peers, while phonological awareness and letter knowledge are integrated into daily activities. Children come to understand that writing is a fundamental expression of language and with one simple stroke, a line transforms into a letter and the magic begins!
Math instruction is a daily exploration that guides students through real-world situations and lays the groundwork for critical thinking. The Building Blocks Math curriculum embeds mathematical learning into every day. Whether through designated math activities or circle and story time, children relate their informal math knowledge to more formal mathematical concepts.
Religious studies focus on God’s gift of life and creation. Using the Sadlier Religious Curriculum, children integrate their growing understanding of the Catholic faith into daily life and demonstrate their understanding through personal expressions of God’s love.
Science and Social Studies
Thematic units allow students to explore a variety of topics through small group projects, dramatic play, and sensory tables. By the end of K1, students are familiar with a wide range of content areas that will be the foundations for understanding how the physical world and its societies function.