Our early Pre-Kindergarten years focus on the teaching of social and moral values. Academics are introduced through thematic units and learning centers that incorporate seasonal and civic themes. There is one teacher and one assistant for each class. Together, they provide opportunities for the students to learn to be social and independent. They also will learn routines, how to follow rules, share and take turns. Children have formal art instruction and computer time weekly, as well as beginning Spanish instruction two days each week.
Early Pre-Kindergarten (three years old)
Religion – topics include God, Jesus, the Holy Family, Commandments 1 & 2, and the Golden Rule. Students participate in a GO Program service-learning project and attend Mass for special school wide celebrations.
Language Arts – introduction to letters, pre-reading (tracking left to right, print awareness) and development of fine motor skills for writing.
Math – introduction to numbers, counting, one-to-one correspondence, patterning, colors, and shapes.
Science/Social Studies – various thematic units, including, but not limited to the seasons (weather) and holidays, community helpers, U.S. symbols and presidents, life cycles, dinosaurs, chemical reactions, buoyancy and magnets.
Pre-Kindergarten (four years old)
Religion – God and creation, Jesus, prayer (and singing as a means of prayer), Bible stories and the Golden Rule, as well as two GO Program service-learning projects, and attend Mass for special school wide celebrations.
Language Arts – mastery of letters, recognition of upper/lower case letters, letter/sound recognition, blending of sounds for beginning reading, sight words, phonetic writing, poetry, rhyming, sequential order, recalling details from stories and retelling stories. Fine motor skills include: writing names, correct letter formation, and appropriate usage of scissors, glue and pencils.
Math – counting to 100, identify numerals one-20 out of order, write numbers one-20 correctly, counting to 100 by 5s and by 10s, conceptual understanding of more/less/equal, identify colors/shapes, understand size and relationship, copy and extend patterns, positional words and calendar (days of week, months of year).
Science/Social Studies – various thematic units centered around seasons and holidays, perform simple investigations, describe observations and predict outcomes, use tools and materials to measure compare; sort, demonstrate understanding of healthy behaviors; weather; sea animals; dinosaurs; care of living things; state and national Pledge of Allegiance; symbols of state and nation; jobs in home and community; and customs and celebrations around the world, including Texas.