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Preschool

“Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” (Matthew 19:14)

Growing in God’s Love

In operation since 1996, St. Catharine Preschool is where the seeds of God’s love and a desire for learning are planted and nourished. Faith is experienced through meaningful, age-appropriate activities. Prayers and joyful songs start each day on a happy note. By walking in Jesus’ footsteps, our children learn to love and care for each other and share with those in need through social justice projects.

As a child-centered program, our curriculum is premised on the belief that children learn best from play and active experiences with concrete materials. Students interact, discover relationships, make observations and construct their own learning. Each child’s growth evolves through student-teacher discussion, individual curiosity, and group projects.

Lessons provide learning experiences that promote intellectual, emotional, social, creative, spiritual and physical development.  Daily activities interweave academic concepts with developing skills focusing on the development of the whole child.

Students are encouraged to explore concepts, think for themselves and create solutions to problems thereby fostering self confidence, enthusiasm for learning, ongoing curiosity about our world, building the foundation for future educational success.

Our Educational Environment

We strive to create an atmosphere conducive to a learning environment by arranging the work of our young artists in respectful wall displays and understanding that clutter is counter-productive. The blank spaces on our walls allow the eye to rest and the body to relax.  Our natural environment is heightened by having live plants and flowers growing in our classrooms to look at and wonder about each day, which lend to thinking about God’s gifts to us of nature in subtle but satisfying ways.  Our teachers also strive for a reverence for the written word.  Our environment is filled with an abundance of books to read and materials for picture drawings and story dictations.

 

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