Two St. Paul's preschool students play with a sensory sand box.

Program Overview

One highlight of the St. Paul's Preschool program is that it is academically focused, and we maximize this key time in our students' education while also prioritizing crucial social emotional development. Preschool teachers foster a warm and welcoming environment while introducing core content and STEAM curriculum. Learn more about the Preschool learning objectives, special classes, and a typical daily schedule below. 

Research shows that attending preschool has a significant positive impact on a student's long-term success in life. Read more about the benefits of a preschool education here.

Preschool Learning Highlights

Two students create germ models with various arts and crafts supplies.
Healthy Me

This special preschool unit explores the human body systems, germs, and the importance of healthcare professionals. During germ week, students grow germs in a petri dish and make observations with magnifying glasses. They also conduct an experiment to see how soap and water repel germs, go on a classroom germ hunt, and create 3-D germ models.

A grid with four pictures include a butterfly emerging from a butterfly, a plant growing in soil, and the water cycle.
Mr. McGregor's Garden

Using Mr. McGregor's garden from the Peter Rabbit tale as the inspiration, the preschool class studies living things and how they grow. During the unit, preschoolers observe and try many different types of vegetables that grow in a garden and tour the St. Paul’s cafeteria kitchen. They also learn about different life cycles of animals while tracking the metamorphosis of caterpillars to butterflies. What a great way to celebrate springtime!

A student lies on the ground next to tape strips of various lengths for a measuring activing.
Measuring with "The Mitten"

Using “The Mitten” by Jan Brett as the inspiration, students practice measuring skills to compare the sizes of animals featured in the book. The polar bear and brown bear are the biggest, but we (humans) are bigger than all the other animals. It’s also fun for students to learn about each animal’s habitat and discover what they like to eat.

Two preschool students slide down a slide together on a playground.
Outdoor Play

Preschool students get to enjoy plenty of sunshine during daily outdoor play. This dedicated time outside gives students a chance to exercise and practice their social skills. Whether students are playing in the sandbox, zooming down the slide, or riding trikes, they are encouraged to be curious, get messy, and explore.

A group of students dress up as characters from the Christmas Nativity story.
Nativity Play

Preschool students love getting to dress-up and reenact the Nativity scene. It's a wonderful way to help students learn the Christmas story while working together to bring a play to life! 

St. Paul's preschool students work on a collage project with glue and various art supplies.
St. Paul's Preschool Teacher Student Ratio is 1 to 10

Community Pledge

Everyday at Chapel, students say the St. Paul's Community Pledge.

As a member of the St. Paul's community, I pledge to be honest, to respect others, to take responsibility for my actions and words, to be kind and inclusive, and to help others do the same. 

These words reinforce the St. Paul's mission and values and help students focus on the day ahead.

Preparing for Preschool Class

Explore What Comes Next

Our social and emotional programming is intentional and promotes enduring foundational skills that will serve our students in relationships, in school, and in work. The early childhood academic curriculum is engaging and designed to promote a curiosity for learning and for school.Mindy Stephenson, St. Paul's Early Childhood Division Head

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