Three Year Old Curriculum
The three year old program at St. Benedict’s offers Pre-Kindergarten readiness through a developmentally appropriate curriculum. One of the essential aspects of the St. Benedict’s program is learning through play. Students are provided an exciting, fun and nurturing environment. In this environment children are allowed to explore through age appropriate learning centers. These centers include: home living, science, literacy, blocks, dramatic play, art, music and manipulatives. Three-year-olds are active learners so we provide them with an environment that has daily routines and a positive behavioral management strategy. The pre-kindergarten readiness curriculum provides experiences in key areas of development including ZooPhonics, an introduction to phonemic awareness. The key areas are Physical Development, Emotional/Social, Language/Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Creative Arts.
The Pre-K classes at St. Benedict’s offer a Kindergarten readiness program through our developmentally appropriate curriculum in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. A national survey of public Kindergarten teachers noted three primary essentials for school readiness: children are physically healthy, rested and well nourished; they are able to communicate needs, wants and thoughts verbally; and they are enthusiastic and curious in approaching new learning opportunities.
The Pre-K program at St. Benedict’s provides children with experiences that foster all of these essentials in an environment where learning is exciting and fun. Children learn through play in learning centers that are an integral part of the Pre-K classrooms. These centers include listening and writing centers, blocks, housekeeping, dramatic play, art, music and science. Our Pre-K program reflects an understanding of how children learn by emphasizing active learning, consistent with daily routines and the use of positive behavioral management and assessment strategies.
The Kindergarten readiness goals provide developmentally appropriate preschool experiences that support the child’s individuality and development in the areas of social and emotional, cognitive learning, literacy, fine and gross motor skills and spiritual development. The Pre-K curriculum emphasizes growth in language and literacy through the implementation of ZooPhonics for phonemic awareness and Happily Ever After, a pre-reading program. In addition, we focus on math concepts, science, social studies, the arts, health and physical development while supporting individuality and successful social and emotional growth.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood…” Fred Rogers
We recognize the importance of introducing a second language to all our students from a very young age. Starting in our three-year-old program, students are exposed to the Spanish language using a whole brain approach: they “hear” it, “speak” it, “see” it, “move” with it, and “touch” it using stories, songs, and games to weave in leaning while making it fun. We use Zoo Phonics en Español, as a complement to our comprehensive curriculum. Spanish instruction is offered every day for at least 30 minutes.
Preschool drama follows a curriculum focused on gaining confidence in speech and body and the introduction of beginning theater concepts. Our classes together always have several key elements: physical and vocal warm-ups, theater games, and a theater elements discussion/demonstration (character, action, setting). Preschool children will read stories, create characters, and begin to develop public speaking skills and confidence in front of an audience.