Pre-K Program

Mother of God School has
Four Pre-Kindergarten Programs!

Enroll in our summer sessions for year-round Pre-K!

Fatima

Fatima (2016-2017) Pre-K 4

  • Full-time, 5 day: Monday thru Friday, 8:25am - 3:30pm
  • Four year olds are prepared with skills needed for Kindergarten.
  • This class is limited to 20 children.
  • Program led by Mrs. Elaine Marshall and assisted by Mrs. Norma Guzman.
Kibeho

Kibeho (2016-2017) Pre-K 4

  • Full-time, 5 day: Monday thru Friday 8:25am - 3:30pm
  • Part-time, 5 day: Monday thru Friday 8:25am - 11:30pm
  • Four year olds are prepared with skills needed for Kindergarten.
  • This class is limited to 20 children.
  • Program led by Mrs. Erin Ogelsby and assisted by Mrs. Angelica James and Mrs. Laura Miller.
Guadalupe

Guadalupe (2016-2017) Pre-K 3

  • Full-time, 5 day: Monday thru Friday 8:25am - 3:30pm
  • Part-time, 5 day: Monday thru Friday 8:25am - 11:30pm
  • Part-time, 3 day: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:25am - 11:30am
  • This class is limited to 10 children.
  • Program led by Mrs. Diane Krull with assistance from Mrs. Deborah Cain.
Lourdes

Lourdes (2016-2017) Pre-K 4

  • Full-time Schedule, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Four year olds are prepared with skills needed for Kindergarten.
  • This class is limited to 10 children.
  • Program led by Mrs. Jeanette Barnes with assistance from Mrs. Deborah Cain.
Extended Care in the morning and afternoon is also available for children attending any of the ALL day options.

Please contact Mary Moriarty for more information at mmoriarty@mogschool.com or (301) 990-2088 x 12.

Curriculum

The Mother of God School Pre-Kindergarten curriculum focuses on the following learning areas: Personal and Social Development, Language and Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Scientific Thinking, Social Studies, the Arts and Physical Development. As a Catholic school, our curriculum includes religious instruction through the program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Religion
There is a prayer corner in the classroom which includes a table displaying objects of our faith: a crucifix, a children’s Bible, a set of Rosary beads and occasionally other things related to the instruction during the week. The children begin to memorize simple prayers and learn about God’s love for them through Bible stories and symbols of our faith. Prayer is an on-going refrain throughout the session. It is part of Circle Time. It precedes snack time and it allows for quiet reflection before going home. The children freely pray for their family and pets.

Personal and Social Development
The primary feature in this area of the curriculum is building relationships within the classroom community. The most important of these relationships is our relationship with God, so each day’s Circle Time begins with greeting one another and prayer. Among the activities that support the development of relationships with one another are the lively chatter among the students as they arrive and their, “Hello,” and “Good Morning,” to the teachers. As they play and as they transition between activities, they are learning to use manners. They are practicing their speaking and listening skills and using these opportunities to solve any differences that may arise between them. The classroom rules and routines are in place to assist in developing positive social skills.

Language and Literacy
The Mother of God Pre-K curriculum integrates books and language in all areas of learning. The children spend time looking through selections of picture books and simple stories in the Book Nook while resting on the comfy pillows and sharing the stories with the snuggly bears. The students also enjoy their trips to the school library where the librarian adds to their love of books and reading. Daily “worksheets” give students practice holding a pencil, crayon or scissors while learning to follow simple directions. Activities interspersed throughout the session focus on and reinforce particular letters, letter sounds, rhyming and patterns. The children learn to write their names and discover examples of written language in many forms such as on bulletin board displays and signs and in the stories they read and their work at the Creative Writing Center.

Mathematical Thinking
Mathematical concepts are infused in all areas of the curriculum. Beginning with Circle Time, the children set out their “Dot Spots” and form the circle. The routine of discussing the weather, adding to the calendar and learning about the numbers held in Pelican Pete’s bill help to establish an understanding of number usage and provides practice in counting. Children learn the names of the months, the days of the week and the seasons. Their choices during free play help them gain understanding of position words (over, under, above, on next to, below, beside, behind) and ordinal numbers (first, second, third, etc., last). Even lining up to go outside provides reinforcement of these concepts.

Scientific Thinking
As with most learning, experience and discovery play a large role in the area of scientific thinking. Very often students enter the room and find a surprise such as a tub of ice, a container of play dough, hand lenses or magnets. The children are encouraged to explore what these objects do and how they can interact with them. These experiences coupled with trips outside to gather objects allow the children to ask questions and begin to make sense of the natural world.

Social Studies
As part of the gathering routine, the children identify important symbols of the United States . They face the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. They move and sing along with patriotic songs. They begin to see the value in following rules and why rules are needed. Through discussion and stories the children gain an understanding of families, communities and basic human needs. They have a space for imaginative play where they can assume the roles of various community workers. Visits from special community guests (such as fire and rescue workers) help the children gain concrete understanding of community workers and their jobs. Field trips (such as to a farm or a puppet show) and recreating the First Thanksgiving (making Native American headgear and vests) broaden their understanding of history and of the many jobs held in our communities.

Art and Music
No Pre-K program would be complete without including art and music in the curriculum. The arts provide many opportunities for the children to express themselves freely, as well as to internalize some of the other instruction that takes place. Development of fine motor skills is accomplished through drawing, coloring, gluing, painting, cutting and working with play dough. Through music they experiment with rhythms and learn simple songs. They dance, clap and sometimes jump as they listen to various genres of music. Art and music are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Physical Development
Every day the children have either outside play or time in the gym. They enjoy the playground equipment which allows them time for gross motor activity. Running, playing with balls, using the swings and other guided activities help develop muscles and a sense of left-right and hand-eye coordination. Healthy snacks and hand washing help the children learn about nutrition, staying healthy and keeping their bodies fit.