Pre-school children must be at least 33 months old and toilet trained.

Unit themes are discussed in each of our monthly newsletters. Discussions, activities, songs, finger plays, and art projects will center on the themes. All of the groups will study the same themes, however, many activities will differ between the groups. Naturally, the older groups will have more in-depth discussions and readiness activities, while the younger groups will participate in more hands-on activities. Language and literacy development is an important part of every planned activity and is also fostered by our stimulating environment.

Parents are encouraged to participate in curriculum development by contributing theme related books, pictures, CD’s/tapes and activity ideas for use in the classrooms. Input regarding the selection of weekly themes will also be welcome. Parent views on our program plan are encouraged. A copy of the program plan is always included in the September Newsletter and upon request.

The following is an example of a “typical” day at St. John’s for our preschoolers:

9:00-9:20 a.m. Group Time(welcome song, attendance, story, calendar, talking time)
9:20-10:20 Project Time and Choice Time
10:20-10:30 Clean Up Time
10:30-10:40 Wash Hands and Snack Time
10:40-11:10 Younger Groups: Large MuscleOlder Groups: Class Activity
11:10-11:30 Younger Groups: Class ActivityOlder Groups: Large Muscle

Listed below are some of the activities your child will be involved in during preschool time:

Arts and Crafts Outdoor Walks
Finger plays Field Trips
Creative Dramatics Gym Games/Activities
Sharing Time Drawing/Coloring/Cutting
Storytelling Music (sound, rhythm, songs)
Small Group Discussions Science Exploration
Large Group Discussions Choice Time (social time)

A more detailed schedule of daily preschool activities is posted weekly outside your child’s classroom door. Please check the parent sign-in area for information regarding special events. For example: field trip sign-up sheets, tumbling classes, swimming lessons, family dinners and events, parent education, fundraisers, conference sign-up sheets, etc. Your signature and/or a fee may be necessary in order for you and/or your child to participate.