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Pre-K 3 at St. Cecelia School | 3-year-old Class Curriculum Overview

The curriculum for the three year olds at St. Cecelia School is designed to promote the following: expand the child’s physical, social/emotional, and cognitive growth; encourage curiosity; and provide experiences of self and guided discovery in the learning process. These areas of growth and development are met through age-appropriate thematic explorations throughout the day.

Spiritual Formation

The religion program focuses on the uniqueness of the individual:  God as our loving Father, and Creator of all things; Jesus, God’s Son and our friend; the Holy Spirit our source of strength and courage.  Prayer is talking to God and is an integral part of the day. Typical daily prayers include: morning prayer, snack prayer, lunch prayer, Sign of the Cross, Prayer to My Guardian Angel, Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be. The curriculum is also enhanced with the Gospel Weeklies provided by Pflaum Publishing.  In the beginning of the school year the children are taken to Mass in small groups, eventually attending Mass as a whole class.

Language Arts

The language program is rich with activities and experiences that encouraging listening and speaking.  Students regularly listen to stories from a variety of genres. Language is enhanced through the use of discussions, nursery rhymes, finger plays, stories, playtime, and centers.  Vocabulary is developing rapidly, so letters, sounds, and words are introduced in a meaningful way.  Students are encouraged to speak and ask questions.

Mathematics

The math program is hands-on and filled with exploration opportunities and lots of manipulatives.  Students participate in various activities to identify shapes and sizes, recognize numbers, practice counting, and explore sorting, matching, and graphing.

Science

The science program is designed to encourage observation, comparison, exploration and problem-solving. Students are encouraged to further explore their environment through wonder and curiosity.

Social Studies

The social studies program begins with the individual child and the development of his/her self-esteem. Activities focus on learning about self, home, family and the immediate and larger community.

Spanish

The main goal is to provide students with a foundation for foreign language study. This includes introducing basic sounds and phrases in order to sharpen listening skills and familiarize students with the notion of thoughts can be expressed in another language.

Media Center

Students visit the media center once per week for story time and nursery rhymes.

Art

The art program allows for exploration, choice and imaginative expression.  Art activities include painting, cutting, coloring and gluing.  The emphasis is placed on the experience, rather than the process.  The class visits the art room with the art teacher once per week throughout the school year.

Music and Movement

Music and movement play an integral part of each day at St. Cecelia School through songs, dance, rhythm instruments, and choral recitation. The class visits the music room with the music teacher once per week throughout the school year.

Fine Motor Development

Small muscle activities include drawing and scribbling with crayons/markers, cutting with scissors, manipulating play dough, stringing beads, and putting together puzzles. These experiences assist children learning to control hand and finger movements.

Large Motor Development

Large motor activities develop the large muscles of the body and enable children to achieve greater mastery of body movements. Activities include climbing up/down ladder and stairs; pumping on a swing, riding tricycles, and throwing/catching a ball.

Social and Emotional Development

St. Cecelia School is dedicated to providing a loving, nurturing, and caring atmosphere where children will learn and grow. Each child is respected and accepted for who they are; a unique gift from God. Students participate in monthly class visits from the school counselor and safety director.