St. Paul's Preschool

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Grade Highlights

Preschool (Age 3 - 4 years)
Fourth grade buddies
Learning centers include: Art, writing, sensory, science, math, puzzles/games, practical life, dramatic play, woodworking, block play, reading and puppets
Christmas and Preschool musical performances
Weekly Music, PE and Library classes
Second Step Curriculum - enhance social/emotional learning
ECC English Language Arts (ELA) Overview
The Essential Learning Goals are designed to actively engage students in the development of pre-reading and writing skills. A variety of learning experiences are offered through ELA materials including writing centers, creative dramatic play props, a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction literature, as well as the introduction of thematic units in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Both child-guided and adult-guided learning experiences are incorporated to reinforce the development of emerging reading and writing skills.
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Knowledge of Alphabet
  • Knowledge of Print
  • Comprehends and Responds to Books and Other Texts
  • Emergent Writing Skills
  • Listens To and Understands Increasingly Complex Language
  • Uses Language to Express Thoughts and Needs
  • Uses Appropriate Conversational and Other Communication Skills
Essential Learning Goals ECC Math Overview
Students in the ECC develop mathematical knowledge both formally and informally. Problem solving, reasoning, communicating, making connections and representing are all concepts practiced daily. Mathematical concepts and knowledge are woven into the centers, themes, games and curriculum developed collaboratively between students and teachers. Essential Learning Goals are designed to help children learn mathematical vocabulary, concepts and process skills. Students develop knowledge needed for later formal learning through frequent practice with materials in play settings and adult guided activities that include meaningful discussions and applications.
  • Counts
  • Quantifies
  • Connects Numerals with Their Quantities
  • Spatial Relationships and Shapes
  • Compares and Measures
Essential Learning Goals ECC Social Studies Overview
The Essential Learning Goals identified for Social Studies in the early childhood division helps children discover their place in the world. Children are provided with a variety of materials, and activities that allow them to learn how people live and work together. Through the development of authentic relationships within their families and school communities, students begin to see themselves as contributing members in the world in which they live. The Essential Learning Goals are woven throughout all aspects of a student’s day at St. Paul's.
  • Begins to understand that there are different geographical features, and that they change over time
  • Shows increasing understanding that maps are tools with symbols that help us locate objects, find where we are, and where we are going
  • Demonstrates increasing understanding that there are rules in our homes, school, community, and that each rule has a purpose
  • Shows increasing awareness that respect for others, cooperation and fairness help us get along in communities
  • Demonstrates understanding that each person has unique characteristics, ways of communicating, and ways of solving problems
  • Shows awareness that that there are similarities and differences among people, families, cultures and cultural groups
Essential Learning Goals ECC Science Overview
The Essential Learning Goals for early childhood science focus on exploring and experimenting in these five areas; physical science, life science, earth and space science, engineering design, science and engineering practices. Students participate in individual, small group and whole class multi-sensory experiments. They make predictions, observations, ask questions and draw conclusions. Concepts are incorporated through student centered interests, as well as thematic units.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of cause and effect
  • Examines, describes, and measures the observable features of objects
  • Shows a growing ability to classify living and non-living things
  • Demonstrates an understanding that there are different types of weather
  • Explores how things are constructed and work
  • Demonstrates the use of various tools and technology
Essential Learning Goals
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.
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