Early Childhood Education Pre-K 4

Early Childhood Education Pre-K 4 Curriculum 

Welcome to St. Mary of the Annunciation Preschool! The main goal of our preschool is to provide an enjoyable and exciting learning environment for children. During the course of the year, you will see your child grow physically as well as spiritually, emotionally, socially, and academically. Through all our activities, we strive to enhance each child’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

Daily Schedule

  • 7:15 AM     Early Drop-off
  • 8:00 AM    Arrival time begins
  • 11:45 AM   First Dismissal/Extended-Day Program begins
  • 11:45 AM   Lunch Bunch
  • 12:45 PM   Rest
  • 1:30 PM    Continuation of Extended-Day Program
  • 2:45 PM    Extended-Day Program Dismissal
  • 3:00 PM    After School Program begins
  • 5:45 PM    Final Dismissal

 All Extended-Day Programs are billed monthly and calculated at an hourly rate.

Four Year Old Program

Math

Children participate in a variety of math activities. Children learn to count and sort by shape, color, size, texture, etc. They also learn basic addition and subtraction skills on a preschool level. Daily calendar, counting, and counting beads are also a part of our math curriculum. Many of our activities include number and shape recognition, measuring, graphing, probability, sequencing, and patterns.

Early Reading Skills

The Early Childhood program utilizes Big Day for PreK program. Big Day for PreK ensures kindergarten readiness by building the foundation for success in school and life. The goal of the program is to build language/vocabulary skills. The Big Day for PreK program fosters emergent reading and writing skills as well as phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge.

Children participate in activities that promote the following skills:

  • identify letters
  • expand vocabulary
  • produce letter sounds
  • answer story time questions
  • create age-appropriate word list
  • differentiate between letter sounds

Religion

At St. Mary’s, religion is woven into every aspect of our daily routine. Children learn about God and all of His wonderful creations through a variety of activities, which teach the following concepts:

  • prayer
  • grace
  • kindness
  • friendship
  • positive self-image
  • sharing
  • thankfulness
  • helpfulness
  • manners

Social Studies

Various holidays are explored during the course of the school year. We also learn about famous figures in history such as Johnny Appleseed, the Pilgrims, the U.S. Presidents, St. Nicholas, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Science

Children participate in a wide variety of science projects including but not limited to the following:

  • color mixing
  • planting/growing
  • examining
  • charting growth
  • nature walks
  • leaf hunts
  • leaf rubbings
  • weather
  • seasons
  • volcanoes
  • animal habitats
  • ocean life
  • cooking

Music

Children have weekly lessons with our school’s music teacher, in addition to learning songs, poems, and finger plays throughout the year with their classroom teachers.

Fine Motor Skills

Children participate in a wide variety of fine motor skill activities:

  • bead work
  • lacing
  • puzzles
  • cutting
  • pasting
  • painting
  • proper pencil grip
  • proper letter formation
  • manipulating small pieces

Gross Motor Skills/Gym

Children participate in a wide variety of large motor skill activities:

  • hula hoop play
  • bean bag play
  • parachute play
  • hopping/hopscotch
  • jumping/jump rope
  • tossing/catching
  • running
  • balance
  • skipping
  • jumping jacks
  • toe touches
  • knee bends
  • T-ball

Special Days

Preschool always finds a reason to party! Here are some of our special days:

  • holiday parties
  • Polar Express Day
  • Patriot’s Day
  • open house
  • pizza party
  • Fire Safety Week
  • Healthy Habits Week
  • St. Jude Trike-a-Thon
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • Red Sox Day
  • Grandparent’s Day
  • Parent Appreciation Day
  • Student Appreciation Day
  • All About Me Day
  • Ice Cream Day
  • One Hundred Days of School
  • Closing Day

Parent Opportunities

Parents are always welcome to visit our preschool classroom. If you would like to read to the children (be a Royal Reader) or do a special craft, we’d love to have you join us! Please note: For the safety of all our children, all adults must complete a CORI background check and the Virtus training program in order to volunteer at the school. 

Progress Reports

Preschool progress reports are sent home via backpacks in January and mailed home in June.