Mother of God School has schedules and options suited to your needs!
-Largest Catholic PreK Program in the area
-Programs for 3, 4 & 5 year olds
|Part time||M, W, F||8:20-3:30|
|Intro (3-4 class only)||M, W, F||
-School year schedule (9 months) or year-round with Summer Session
-Extended care Program starts as early as 6:30am and runs till 6:00pm
-Four classrooms with (8) teachers and aides
|Lourdes||10 Students||3-4||Either M,W,F or Mon-Fri mornings|
|Program Costs||9 Month Tuition|
Full time-5 full days 8:20-3:30 M-F
Part time-3 full days 8:20-3:30 M, W, F
Part time-5 mornings 8:20-12:30 M-F
Intro Rate-3 mornings 8:20-12:30 M, W, F 3-4 class only
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 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program.
Religion– Each classroom has a prayer corner 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 of the week. 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 and is part of “Circle Time”. 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. 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 say their, “Hellos,” and “Good Mornings,” to the teachers. As they play and as they transition between activities, they are learning to use manners, practicing their speaking and listening skills and using these opportunities to solve differences that may arise between them. The classroom rules and routines are in place to assist in developing positive social skills.
Language and Literacy– Our curriculum integrates books and language in all areas of learning. Children spend time looking through selections of picture books and simple stories in the book nook and sharing the stories with the snuggly bears. Children also enjoy weekly trips to the library where our 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.
Mathematical Thinking– Mathematical concepts are infused in all areas of the curriculum. Beginning with “Circle Time,” children set out their dot spots and form the circle. Our routine of discussing the weather, adding to the calendar and learning about 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. Children enter the room and find a surprise such as a tub of ice, a container of play dough, hand lenses or magnets. They 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 broaden their understanding of history and of the many jobs held in our communities.
Art and Music– No PreK 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.
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.