Welcome to

Miss Julia's Pre-K Class!



Welcome to St. Mary's prekindergarten class! Our school year contains fun and exciting learning experiences for your child.  Each day, poems, songs, prayers, pre-reading and writing skills, art activities, physical exercise, learning centers, stories and playtime will combine with seasonal themes, alphabet letters, numbers and shapes to create positive, hands-on learning experiences. 
Come visit our classroom and see for yourself! 

About Our Program

St. Mary's Catholic School has offered a prekindergarten program for 20 years. Our goal is to offer a warm and interesting learning environment that encourages development of social skills and a love for learning.

We are a VPK approved provider and base our program on VPK educational standards.

Early Literacy Curriculum

Our prekindergarten class follows the Open Court prereading curriculum. Students are exposed to different facets of learning through literature-based themes. Students will be encouraged to examine the look and sounds of letters, and learning strategies will be presented that will help them in reading (including rhyming and high-frequency words).  This curriculum lays the foundation that will prepare them for years of reading and learning success. 

Mathematics Curriculum

We also follow the Harcourt math program designed for pre-k students, which covers six skill areas throughout the school year.  Students are provided with a workbook that includes age-appropriate (and fun!) activities that assesses their learning in each skill area.

Character Development and Antibullying Curriculum

For character education, we use Peace Making Skills for Little Kids and Bullyproofing in Early Childhood, which provides students with strategies that can help them learn to solve problems and work cooperatively wtih others. Our faith-development program is God Made the World, which provides activities to help students appreciate the world around them and its people.

Technology

We use a Smart Board in our classroom that allows children to participate in interactive technology activities that include literacy and mathematics.  Student computers are also located in the classroom which students use independently during learning centers.


Activities

  • Alphabet familiarization and literacy skills

  • Math activities

  • Calendar skills in Spanish (and some theme-based learning)

  • Weekly visit to art and music classes

  • Weekly visit to library

  • Religion activities

  • Occasional field trips

Daily Schedule

            7:30 – 8:30 Tabletop Activities (Full Day Students)

            8:30 -  Arrival for VPK Students

            8:30 – 8:40 Attendance, Calendar, Pledge of Allegiance, Alphabet Awareness

            8:40 – 8:55 Circle Time Activities, Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

                    (Peacemaking Skills and Antibullying on Friday)

            8:55 – 9:30  Emergent Reading and Writing

            9:30 – 10:00  Nutrition Break, Restroom, Bible Story, Literature

            10:00 – 10:30  Outdoor Play

            10:30 – 10:40  Wash Hands, Water Break

            10:40 - 10:55  Math, Spanish, or Science Activity (Show-and-Tell on Friday)

            10:55 - 11:30  Learning Centers

            11:30 -  Dismissal for VPK Students

            11:45 - 12:30 Lunch followed by Smart Board or Tabletop Activities

            12:45 - 1:15  Special Activities (Art, Library, Music, Special Games or Themed Activity)

            1:15 - 1:45  Outdoor Play

            1:45 – 2:25 Learning Centers/Themed Art Activity

            2:30  Dismissal