The Preschool Program at St. Matthias School provides a physically, emotionally, spiritually secure and nurturing environment for young children. Through developmentally appropriate practice, the children are supported and enriched in all areas of growth.
The Preschool Program is child-centered, one that focuses on developing the whole child through Christian values. The child is given opportunities to discover, investigate, explore, and learn through age-appropriate activities.
The teacher, together with the parent and the administration, combine efforts for the success of the child. The program is flexible in meeting the needs of each child. Opportunities are offered to allow the child to experience the joy of learning. In cooperation with the teacher, the parent assists in the educational process by providing encouragement and example in the development of appropriate values and behaviors. The administration is committed to the implementation of the program and provides the teacher with the necessary affirmation and support to enable the child to grow “… in wisdom, age, and grace before God and others”. (Luke 2:52)
- To develop the whole child through Christian values.
- To provide a foundation for understanding the Catholic faith.
- To provide an adequate physical environment which allows children to move about the classroom freely.
- To provide an atmosphere where ideas can be expressed, respected, and challenged appropriately.
- To recognize differences in learning styles.
- To provide opportunities for exploration, discovery, investigation, and learning through age-appropriate activities and materials.
- Circle Time (language development, sharing, religion)
- Learning Circles (integration of all subjects – – reading, math, fine motor, music, art)
- Center Time (small group play experiences, social development)
- Story Time
- Snack Time
- Lunch time
- Bathroom breaks
The Preschool Program at St. Matthias School provides opportunities for children to explore and learn in a variety of ways that foster the development of the whole child. Program design is based on expert recommendations issued by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The child will demonstrate growth in self-control through the development of:
- A positive self concept
- A positive relationship with others
- Appropriate personal hygiene
- Acceptable behavior
- The ability to interact with peers
The child will develop a beginning understanding of the symbolic relationship between the written and spoken word as a child:
- Identifies the five senses
- Listens to stories, poems, and finger plays
- Shares stories, poems, and finger plays
- Dictates stories
- Becomes aware of the alphabet
- Increases vocabulary
The child will develop gross motor skills through opportunities the child has to:
- Walk, dance, skip, run, jump, and hop
- Perform rhythmic activities
- Throw and catch a large ball
- Build with blocks
The child will develop fine motor skills through opportunities in which the child may:
- Tear and cut
- Paste and glue
- Experiment with drawing instruments
- Work with clay and play dough
- Work with puzzles
- String and lace
- Build with interlocking blocks
The child will continue to develop an aesthetic appreciation through:
- Creative experimentation with various art media
- Singing and listening to music
- Using and making rhythm instruments
- Participation in movement, dance, and dramatic play
- Tuition: See the tuition page for associated costs
- Hours: 8:00 AM – 2:45 PM Monday through Friday. Preschool will follow the regular school calendar. Before and after care is available for a fee through the school’s aftercare program.
- Age: Child must be 4 years old by September 1st for the school year and be potty trained.
- Uniform: The preschool uniform consists of the school’s physical education uniform which may be
purchased at All American Wear. Students wear athletic shoes, which may be black, white, or black and white.
- Food: Children bring a morning snack and lunch to the program. Milk is available through the school’s milk program at an additional fee. An after school snack and milk are included in the after care fee.
- Class Size: Class size is 16; the student/teacher ratio is 8:1
- Health Requirements: Immunizations and a physical are required. Required immunizations include, but are not limited to, 4 DTP, 3 Polio, 1 Hib, 1 MMR, 1 Varicella (chicken pox), 3 Hepatitis B and 1 PCV7. Appropriate forms may be obtained from the school nurse.
- Nap Time: Nap mats are purchased through the school.
- Outside Play: Children will have outside play in a separate area in the morning and afternoon.
- Sick/Pick-Up Policy: Children are required to be picked up immediately if the school nurse calls to report an injury, fever, or any other health problem that needs immediate care.
- Report Cards: Children will receive a report card in January and June. A parent/teacher conference is required in November.
- A Policy and Procedure Manual is distributed in August before the start of the school year. All parents are required to follow the guidelines established by the school as well as sign the Agreement Form.