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Early Childhood

Early Childhood

The focus of the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs is to provide children with a challenging and loving learning environment based upon respect of self and others. Teachers guide the children as they begin their school life - nurturing their enthusiasm, fostering self-confidence, and introducing the basic concepts of the Catholic faith.

Faith Formation in the preschool (ages 3-4) and pre-kindergarten (4-5) programs develop a child’s spiritual self with guidance from Stories of God’s Love (RCL Benziger) - a curriculum designed to engage children and their families by making connections between scripture and their daily life.

Special Subjects: Music, library, physical education, and Spanish (Pre-K 4 only) are offered as part of the early-childhood learning experience at Saint Juliana School.

 

3-Year-Old Preschool

 

3-Year-Old Preschool Curriculum

Our developmentally appropriate curriculum for preschool is centered around thematic units. Students explore thematic units and learn through a consistent routine of teacher-directed activities, as well as student-directed activities. Learning centers provide opportunities for students to explore literacy, art, math, religion, science, technology, sensory, and social skills. 

A typical day in preschool includes the following:

  • Circle Time
  • Music and Large Motor/Movement
  • Religion/Character Education/Social Skills
  • Snack Time
  • Lunch (Full-day program only)
  • Recess
  • Story Time
  • Rest Time (Full-day program only)
  • Learning Centers: Literacy, Art, Math & Manipulatives, Religion, Science, Technology, Sensory, Blocks, Dramatic

 

Preschool Themes*

  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Numbers 1-20
  • Alphabet
  • Holidays
  • Seasons
  • Nature
  • Animals and their Habitats
  • Community Helpers
  • Health & My Body
  • Construction/Transportation
  • Nursery Rhymes/Fables
  • Bugs/Insects
  • Five Senses

*Themes may vary

 

The following are our program offerings for 3-Year-Old Preschool:

Five Day Program

  • Full-Day (8:00am - 2:50pm)
  • Half-Day (8:00am - 11:00am)
 

Three Day Program (MWF)

  • Full-Day  (8:00am - 2:50pm)
  • Half-Day (8:00am - 11:00am)
 
 

Pre-Kindergarten 4

 

Pre-K 4’s Big Day Curriculum 

Our literacy-rich Pre-K 4 program is guided by the Big Day for PreK Curriculum (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company) . The school year is structured around eight learning themes, each lasting approximately four weeks. 

Big Day for PreK Themes

  1. Ready for School
  2. My Family
  3. My Community
  4. Awesome Animals
  5. Imagine, Make It
  6. Growing Up Healthy
  7. Nature All Around Us
  8. Moving On

Each week there will be a new big idea (e.g. Big Day Theme – Ready for School – Week 3’s Big Idea: Learning Together) and each day there will be new big experiences. Also linked to each learning theme is a social-emotional focus:

  • Cooperation
  • Kindness
  • Responsibility
  • Attention
  • Initiative
  • Self-Awareness
  • Curiosity
  • Persistence
 

Throughout the year, learning centers provide opportunities for pre-Kindergartners to explore literacy, art, math, religion, science, technology, sensory, and social skills. 

 

The following are our program offerings for Pre-Kindergarten 4:

Five Day Only

  • Full-Day (8:00am - 2:50pm)
  • Half-Day (8:00am - 11:00am)

 

Early Childhood Highlights

  • Field Trips
  • Multiple Holiday Fun
  • Community Helper Visits
  • Mystery Guest Visits (Preschool 3)
  • Star Students (Pre-K 4)
  • End of Year Picnic
 

Preschool children must be three years old by September 1 of the enrollment year and fully toilet-trained. Pre-Kindergarten children must reach age four by September 1 of the enrollment year. Working families with children enrolled in the full-day program may be interested in our morning and after-school extended care options

Download our full school information package to learn more about Saint Juliana School and our early childhood program. Ready to enroll? Great! Download the admissions package below. Download the admission package to get started and please feel free to contact us (email or 773.631.2256) with any questions.