Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Pre-Kindergarten is a structured program designed for an older preschool student. This program is offered three days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 2.5 hours each day. Children must be 4 years old by December 31 of the current school year to enrol and must be entering Kindergarten the following September.The program will conclude with a preschool graduation ceremony.
The focus of this program is on letter and number recognition, arts and crafts, circle/group time, activity books, storytelling and exploration. The classroom is divided into four (4) different areas that helps/aids to meet the developmental needs of the children. These areas are as follow:
Math and Science
Most young children are able to automatically count through numbers but understanding these concepts might be challenging to others. To help/aid the children they use concrete mathematic materials to have a real understanding of numbers.
To start with, the child counts solid mathematical materials to have a concrete understanding of the numbers up to ten. Then sandpaper or motor numbers are used to associate the symbol and the quantity. Once the child gains a solid understanding of the numbers 1-10 then the child continues counting with manipulative up to 100.Activity books are used to further enhance their knowledge of numbers.
The children are also introduced to nature and how we care for it. We talk about plants, animals, seasons or weather and health. This is done through experiments, observing what is going on during the different seasons,storytelling and taking the children outside or for walks to see the changes throughout the year.
Language and Sensorial
(Culture and Grace and Courtesy)
In this area children build a strong foundation in oral and written language together with the use of their sensorial impressions. This is done through conversation, singing songs, finger plays, storytelling and games.
To start off children play games, match different objects, name the objects, and describe the difference between or among the objects/materials. Then we introduce the children to the letters using the tactile letters and they begin to practice forming letters using chalk and chalkboard, then pencil and paper. These develop their fine motor skills.
Part of this area is grace and courtesy where children are able to communicate and take part in every activity emphasising the use of polite words to develop values and attitudes in the proper Catholic way.
Children are also introduced to different customs and tradition and to the globe (countries and continents).Being in a multi-cultural country, we have celebrations such as Christmas, Chinese New Year, St. Patrick’s Day and more.
Music and Art
Children have freedom to express themselves through music and art. They are introduced to the various forms of art using crayons, markers, paint, glue and scissors. Generally, children love music and they enjoy singing songs, do finger plays and make a lot of movements.
This area is like “God’s House” in the classroom. Children learn how to make the Sign of the Cross, how and when to genuflect, how to carry objects such as candles and flowers gracefully. They are taught how to participate and take part in the Holy Mass. Children learn from doing so all these things are being shown and done.
At this stage, children are learning so much about their world. The outdoor and special activities are tools to help them better explore and enjoy their world. During the year we go on field trips to enhance their curiosity,understanding and associate the things they learn in the classroom to the outside world. We also encourage family members to be involved in the classroom and take part in special activities.
|Pre-Kindergarten AM||Pre-Kindergarten PM|
|8:30 – 8:45 > Arrival and Prayer Corner||12:00 – 12:15 > Arrival and Prayer Corner|
|8:45 – 10:00 > Learning Time||12:15 – 1:30 > Learning Time|
|10:00 – 10:15 > Snack Time||1:30 – 1:45 > Snack Time|
|10:15 – 10:45 > Story Time and Music & Movement||1:45 – 2:15 > Story Time and Music & Movement|
|10:45 – 11:00 > Outdoor Activity or Free Play||2:15 – 2:30 > Outdoor Activity or Free Play|
|11:00 > Dismissal||2:30 > Dismissal|