Little Saints Academy
The Little Saints Preschool at St. Peter School is an early childhood education program that seeks to lay a solid educational foundation for children through spiritual development and kindergarten readiness. We carefully prepare classes of children (ages 3-4) for a full set of skills and knowledge in order to have a seamless transition to kindergarten. Additionally, children learn the value a life of prayer and begin learning about the Mass each week. Our daily schedule features a variety of learning activities that are age level appropriate, entertaining, and nurturing. Click here to watch our slideshow presentation on the value and benefits of our Little Saints Preschool.
At Little Saints Preschool, we provide:
- Caring, experienced, and well-qualified preschool teachers who love and serve God daily
- Age appropriate academic instruction
- Exposure to life of prayer and introduction to Mass participation each week
- Half day options or full day options
At our Little Saints Preschool, religious instruction begins with instilling the concept of the Imago Dei (image of God) into the minds of the students, helping them to understand themselves in the image and likeness of God the Father, Our Creator. Students are introduced to basic Catholic prayers and traditions, such as the Rosary, and the Mass. Further, the students are introduced to the standard of the virtues and rewarded on a weekly basis with the rest of the school for excellence in the theological and human virtues. Classroom prayer and prayer celebrations that follow the Catholic liturgical year are a part of the curriculum as are many Bible stories and songs for the children’s enjoyment. St. Peter School, to which our Little Saints Preschool belongs, has for its central mission to teach, model, and nurture Gospel values in the Catholic tradition. Learn more about our faith-based culture.
The Value of Social and Personal Development in Preschool
Personal development includes knowing name and age, eventually learning address, phone number and birth dates, caring for one’s own physical needs, separating from parent with increasing ease and learning to respect oneself and others as well as the belongings of both. Social development at our preschool includes cooperative play, sharing, following directions, and conversation skills with peers and adults, and respect for the legitimate authority of teachers and other adults.
Speech, Language, and Motor Skill Development
Speech and Language development at the early childhood level includes listening, speaking and thinking. Learning experiences that promote self-understanding help the child express thoughts and feelings in various ways. Visual discrimination and memory, and auditory discrimination and memory are important readiness skills that can be taught through play activities. Stories, songs, and poetry will enhance the love and use of good language skills.
Motor skills and gross motor skills are developed through large muscle activities such as running, walking, hopping and jumping. Throwing, catching, rhythm, and movement are also part of the organized play for the development of these skills. Fine motor skills include exercises in pasting, stringing, coloring, painting, pouring, lacing, scissors, as well as the use of technology (see below).
Play is a very necessary tool for the child’s learning process. Opportunities for play will occur as soon as the child enters the room and after structured learning activities. Outdoor play will be part of the daily schedule when weather is cooperative. Our Pre-K students also experience gym class on a weekly basis.
Motor skills and gross motor skills are developed through large muscle activities such as running, walking, hopping and jumping. Throwing, catching, rhythm, and movement are also part of the organized play for the development of these skills. Fine motor skills include exercises in pasting, stringing, coloring, painting, pouring, lacing, scissors, etc.
A Broad Range of Early Learning Activities
The use of music is a channel for creative expression. Singing, listening to music, making use of rhythm instruments, dancing and other rhythmic activities all serve to develop a love and appreciation for music. Students are blessed to have music once, sometimes twice in a given week.
Art usually encompasses one the following: the individual expression of the child, a pre- academic skill (following directions), a craft exercise or an exposure to artists and their works.
Mathematics instruction includes exploration using concrete materials. Knowledge also comes from understanding of colors, shapes and quantitative concepts such as size differences, basic counting skills through practical application, classifying, forming sets and recognizing numerals. Workbooks and worksheets are inappropriate for math instruction at this level.
Tech time is also part of the weekly schedule for pre-kindergarten students. During technology time, preschool students are introduced to STEM related activities, problem solving challenges, and develop fine motor skills as they relate to the use of the mouse, touch screens, and i-pads. Learn more about our amazing Pre-K through 12 STEM program by clicking here.
Intergenerational Learning Initiatives are a unique aspect of our Little Saints Preschool program at St. Peter. In partnership with the St. Peter Senior Ministry, preschool students have the opportunity to do fun activities with seniors under the supervision of our teachers and aides. This partnership enriches both our students and the seniors!
Additional learning activities: Physical Education and Spanish round out our broad preschool curriculum.