Director of Preschool Carol Scott Phone: (248) 853-2461
Our three year old classes are preparing for their visit to the Rochester Hills Fire Station. They have been learning to look for signs saying Exit and discussing with their teachers about how to keep safe. They discussed March weather and how March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I think we confused them as the March lion has refused to leave!
The four year old classes are working on a dinosaur theme and are very excited to learn how and when the dinosaurs lived. The classes will make murals in the preschool hallway and fossils to show how we learned about the dinosaurs. Of course we are all coming up with theories about why the dinosaurs became extinct and we made a volcano to show one possible theory. However, the children’s faith in God always takes us by surprise. When we asked the question about where all the dinosaurs had gone several children raised their hands and explained that they were back in heaven with God of course and didn’t we know that’s how God takes care of everything he makes?
We strengthen our faith every day when we work with the children. I think this is God’s gift to us as teachers.
Registration for children wishing to join the preschool is now available. Many parents don’t think about preschool for their two year old but if your child is turning three by September 1st this year, now is the time to register for preschool. We still have some places available for the fall program. Please use the registration forms on our website if you would like to register your child for preschool. If you would like to visit the preschool please contact me at 248 243 0261 or email Carol Scott.
Pre-K Classes for 2016/2017
Four Year Old Classes
Children must be 4 by September 1st
The following classes will be available:
M/W/F 9:00 – 12:00pm (3 hours)
M-F 9:15 – 11:45pm (2½ hours)
M-TH 12:30 – 3:00pm (4 afternoons Sept to Dec) Stepping up to 5 afternoons Jan to May. (2½ hours)
M – Th 12.30 – 3.15pm (2¾ hours)
Three Year Old Classes
Children must be 3 by September 1st
The following classes will be available:
M/W 9:00 – 11:30am (2½ hours)
M/W/F 9:00 – 11:30am (2½ hours)
T/TH 9:00 – 11:30am (2½ hours)
T/TH/F 9:00 – 11:30am (2½ hours)
T/Th 9:30 – 12:00pm (2½ hours)
M/W/F 12:15 – 2:45pm (2½ hours)
Class Sizes and Ratios
3’s – 16 children per session with two teachers
4’s – 18 children per session with two teachers
Aspects of Our Program
- Our programs are progressive for academic and social instruction so that the children are able to adapt to their next level of learning.
- We provide religious instruction and prayer within our preschool topics.
- We keep portfolios on each child and encourage journal writing.
- Teachers assess children regularly and parent conferences are held twice during the academic year.
- The preschool has a securely locked hallway during class sessions with two exits in each classroom.
- We offer yearly hearing and vision screening through the Health Department for the four-year-olds in preparation for kindergarten.
- We offer a class library so students can “check out” books to take home twice a month.
- We have a gymnasium to utilize for a gross motor in addition to our outdoor enclosed climbing structure.
- Each classroom has its own bathroom.
- Each classroom has computer stations.
- We offer ‘Lunch with Teacher’ once a month as well as a special ‘Cooking Day’.
Philosophy We are a Catholic Preschool and believe in integrating a love of God in all of our activities in school. Children are active learners who learn best from pursuing their interests while being actively supported and challenged by their teachers. Our Curriculum is structured to engage the children purposefully and to provide for a full range of learning abilities. We recognize the importance of free play and structured play to support the specific learning goals we set for each child. Assessments are ongoing as teachers monitor and document each child’s progress over time. Parents are an essential part of a child’s success in school and we keep parents involved and informed throughout the school year.We strive to develop the whole child physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. We create a warm and inviting environment to learn through active play experiences. In a caring and positive atmosphere, we guide children to a good self-image and encourage children’s self-awareness of others.
Parent Visitation: We encourage parents to come and visit our school with their child. This offers an opportunity to see the program we are providing and how it suits your child.
Field Trips: As part of our curriculum we take several Field Trips during the year to reinforce our learning in the classroom. Parents accompany us on these field trips. Some of the places we visit are; The Zoo, Apple Orchard, Fire Station, Nature Center and local farms.