The preschool program at Mary, Seat of Wisdom School is designed to develop social skills, build self-esteem, and fully prepare each child for kindergarten. Our interactive learning environment includes ample opportunities to develop small and large motor skills through active play, art activities, games and stories. All learning activities in the preschool relate to a weekly theme, such as dinosaurs, Halloween, Christmas, and fire prevention, and also include a weekly letter from the alphabet. Preschool students receive their religious instruction through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, which is fully incorporated into their school day.
NEW for the 2013-2014 school year: 3-year-old preschool options: 3 or 5 days half-day or full-day; 4-year-old preschool options: 5 days half-day or full-day.
Half-day Program Hours: 8:05 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Full-day Program Hours: 8:05 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
3 year-old Preschool
The 3-year-old preschool program gives students a positive first school experience in interacting with other children, helps them learn classroom rules, and teaches skills by engaging the students in learning centers. The 3-year-old students master number recognition 1-10, shapes and colors, sequencing of numbers and amounts, letter recognition, and learn to recognize their first name in print. They develop computer and library awareness and learn problem-solving skills through puzzles and blocks. Their fine and gross motor skills are enhanced through music, dancing, cutting and pasting, and learning to dress themselves. The 3-year-olds practice cooperation skills during Show and Tell, conflict resolution situations, dramatic play, and free time to play with toys and other students.
4 year-old Preschool
The 4-year-old preschool program gives students a positive school experience and helps prepare them for the challenges of kindergarten by teaching them proper interaction with other children, learning classroom rules, working in learning centers, and by resolving conflicts. The 4-year-old students gain exposure to letters and their sounds; master number recognition 1 -20; recognize and write their names using upper and lower case lettering; learn graphing, estimating, sorting, classifying, and comparing skills; and know shapes and colors. They develop library skills; learn math and science concepts; and work on problem solving skills using puzzles and blocks. Their fine and gross motor skills are enhanced through dancing; group games; use of the balance beam; use of manipulative; lacing; and coloring and writing; and cutting and pasting. The 4-year-olds practice cooperation skills during Show and Tell; conflict resolution; turn taking; dramatic play; free time to play with toys and other students; and cooking time.
In the Mary, Seat of Wisdom full-day kindergarten program, love and kindness prevail in our classrooms. The kindergarten teachers strive to educate the whole child—physically, emotionally, and spiritually—as we sing, dance, learn, play and pray together. Each week, MSW kindergarten students develop their phonemic awareness with the Letter People curriculum, where they learn each Letter Person’s oral and written characteristics through fun and engaging activities. Catholic faith formation is woven through all subjects and structured around the Faith First Series, by Resources for Christian Living. The children are also exposed to Spanish through a weekly video program.