Preschool Information

PreschoolClipArt2Director of Preschool Carol Scott Phone:  (248) 853-2461

The children were happy to return to school and see all their friends again after our mid-winter break. They quickly got back into their routines and have enjoyed being able to use the gym and now we can play outside again as the weather starts to warm up. We have several new indoor games and equipment to enhance the children’s gross motor skills. Thank you to all of our families for supporting the Fun Run! We are continuing to purchase learning materials for each classroom with our Fun Run money.

Often after a break we notice how the children have grown and are maturing. They are becoming independent and ready to do more things on their own. This change from the very nervous children at the start of school, to confident learners eager to grow, is one of the most important elements of a child’s development. Through all of our work we encourage this development and growth that the children make spiritually, physically and academically.

Lent will be the focal point of our work these next few weeks. We are encouraging the children to think about ways they can be kind to each other and their families. We are painting crosses and writing about why we love Jesus. We plan to read stories about the wonderful things that Jesus does for us. It is amazing how such young children have a great love for Jesus. As Lent is a time when we all think about making changes to renew our faith and love of God, we as teachers find ourselves renewed when we hear the children’s prayers to Jesus.

The preschool has been busy with registrations for our currently enrolled children. We are now opening up our registration to any families who are interested in having their children attend preschool in the fall. Please use the registration forms on our website at smoth.org if you would like to register your child for preschool, please call me at (248) 243-0261 or email smothdirector@gmail.com

Carol Scott Preschool Director

 

Pre-K Classes for 2017/2018

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

The head classroom teachers are qualified, experienced teachers with at least bachelor’s degrees and all teachers are certified in CPR, first aid and blood borne pathogens.
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.

Admission: In order to be admitted to the program a child must have an up-to-date physical form on file and be reliably potty trained.

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.