Preschool and PreKindergarten Curriculum:
Assumption Catholic Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten is committed to helping children develop the skills and tools needed to succeed in elementary school and beyond. Our programs offer a safe, loving, and nurturing environment designed to provide each child with a positive introduction to their educational experience. Our warm and open classroom communities are rich with opportunities for learning and growth through age appropriate, hands-on activities. We work in connection with the Kindergarten teacher in order to provide a seamless transition to the next grade level.
All students learn about God’s love through daily experiences at preschool. We emphasize the Golden Rule, polite manners, and overall kindness.
Prayers and prayer songs are said/sung before circle time and our morning meeting. We focus on learning the Sign of the Cross and practice the Lord’s Prayer, Guardian Angel Prayer, and Hail Mary in Pre-Kindergarten.
The preschoolers celebrate the liturgical church year in age-appropriate ways using songs, stories, and art. Both classes talk about Jesus and learn to pray spontaneously.
Pre-Kindergarten uses “Seeds” magazine to teach children about God’s love. Each lesson incorporates storytelling, listening, singing, and a tabletop activity. Preschoolers participate in chapel time monthly and Pre-Kindergarteners attend the first part of school Mass once per month.
At Christmas, the Pre-Kindergarteners present a Christmas Program and act out the Nativity for family and friends.
The children learn to play, cooperate, and share with others as well as establish relationships and form bonds with friends. We encourage children to show awareness of others’ feelings and to use their words to solve problems, learn self-help skills, and gain independence. Preschoolers participate in structured and unstructured play experiences. The children practice following classroom rules, rules of simple games and learning to sit in a group setting for a short time
We incorporate language and literacy in many ways during the day. Reading stories and looking at books during free choice and rest time, alphabet recognition, writing a letter of the week, letter sounds, introduction of sign language and weekly visits to the school library are all age appropriate activities. An author and/or illustrator are featured each month and their stories are read to students daily.
A variety of math games and manipulatives are included in both preschool classrooms. We work on number identification, counting, shapes, and colors during circle time and large group activities. We review the calendar daily and a new number pattern is introduced each month. Pre-Kindergarteners work on phone number and address identification and memorization. Centers, games, and activities promoting math readiness skills are also available daily.
We are using Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to explore the force of pushing/pulling, ramps/paths, and the Earth’s surface. Other science topics throughout the year include All about Me, Seasons, Polar Regions, Hibernation, Weather and Water Exploration, and Marine Life. The science and sensory table change monthly based on our thematic unit. There is also a light table available and experiments take place periodically.
Music and movement are daily components of both preschool programs. The children have playground time each day and visit the gym once per week, where we work on balancing, jumping, galloping, skipping, throwing, bouncing, and catching balls as well as games and coordination instruments. Music and singing are important parts of our day and we provide the opportunity to play musical instruments, rhythm sticks and participate in dance/movement.