The Saint Thomas Episcopal Preschool Curriculum
St. Thomas Episcopal Preschool incorporates a religious curriculum with a “hands on” developmentally appropriate structured academic program. Each week our religious theme follows the liturgical calendar. We choose a monthly academic theme that coincides with the planned classroom activities such as art, music, math, language, science, writing, and dramatic play.
These activities are designed to cultivate your child’s emerging skills and abilities, strengthen their self-confidence, and instill a natural love of learning. Concepts such as auditory and visual discrimination, listening skills, cooperation, and socialization, moral development, problem solving, independent thinking, responsibility, and concern for others are part of our daily curriculum.
Children will have the opportunity to attend chapel where we sing, pray, and learn about God the Father, Jesus His only Son, and the Holy Spirit who guides us through our day. Church traditions and Bible stories play a key part of our worship experience.
- Language development with an emphasis on early literacy and fostering interest in reading and writing.
- Letter and number recognition.
- Cooperation and socialization, care and concern for others, and conflict resolution and responsibility.
- Content that is interesting and meaningful to the children.
- Activities offered for individuals and small and large groups that are designed to cultivate your child’s emerging skills and abilities, strengthen their self confidence, and instill a natural love of learning.
- Balance between teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. We use a variety of learning center activities and thematic learning units that carefully match learning activities to each child’s developmental level.
- Time for leisurely exploration and trying new activities and ideas.
- Alternating periods of active and quiet activities.
- Problem solving and independent thinking along with self-awareness and self help skills.
- Activities that promote large muscle and fine motor development.
- Creative expression through art, music, and dramatic play.
- Opportunities for children to think, reason, question and experiment.