In the SHJ preschool program, we offer an age appropriate balance of play-based learning and beginning academic skills. Our students spend their mornings with free choice play, morning circle (calendar, weather, schedule, prayer), snack, outside time, and small group/whole class instruction time. In addition,we have the opportunity of participating in various enrichment activities throughout the week, which include: Music, Library, Gym, and Spanish.
Our preschool curriculum for children ages 3 - 4 years old centers around the child’s spiritual, cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and sensory motor development. We use web-themed units in the academic areas of math, science and discovery, language and literacy, fine and gross motor skills, art, social studies, and religion. In addition, we provide organized and free play activities that are intended to allow many opportunities for the child to interact, explore, and relate successfully in his/her environment. We offer many developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities and our program is designed to develop these skills and concepts in a manner consistent with the child’s needs and interests, as well as introducing them to new concepts. Students may choose from art centers, blocks, kitchen, dramatic play, science center, math centers, water table, or books. Language development, visual perception, auditory discrimination, and motor skills are emphasized. We also review our letters and numbers. Other activities include oral language, listening, story knowledge, personal and social development, and large and small motor skills
We strive to provide preschool students with a strong faith foundation. Our religion curriculum, Image of God Series, was designed to introduce young students to the basic teachings of the Catholic faith. We emphasize that each child is a gift from God and we encourage the children to share, be fair, and speak kindly to each other.
Our mission is to foster the growth of the 3 - 4 year old child by creating a nurturing environment that promotes a love for learning through imaginative play, creativity, intellectual and spiritual development, and preparation for our pre-kindergarten curriculum.
The SHJ preschool review contains a checklist of developmental skills and behaviors that a child is likely to develop throughout his/her preschool years. This checklist serves as a guideline to help teachers and parents communicate the progress of the child's year in preschool.