St. Catherine's Preschool Programs

 

Mother’s Morning-Out Program 

 

 

CANCELLED FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL. YEAR 

       

DAYS: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Time: 9:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Ages:  10 months to 24 months ( turns 2 after Sept. 1, 2020)

Cost: $30.00 per day

Class Size: 12 Children / 3 Teachers

Welcome to the Mother’s Morning-Out Program at St. Catherine’s Preschool.  We look forward to getting to know you and your child. MMO reservations are not required, but are suggested, to be sure there is availability, as all spots often fill. You can reserve spots in advance.  We ask you that you please follow the guidelines listed below in order to make our day with your child a pleasant one, and to help our classroom run smoothly.

School Hours and Drop Off/Pick Up:

  • Our school hours are 9:15 am to 1:00 pm.  Children are not allowed in the classroom before 9:15 as the teachers are busy preparing for the day. Check in at the front desk before you drop your child off in the classroom. We may ask you to come early to pick up your child until they are comfortable staying for a full day.

  • Drop off and pick up is done at the door of the MMO classroom. Please remember, curbside parking is prohibited as this will interfere with carpool line. When dropping off your child we try and encourage a happy and quick goodbye at the door of our room. We know that this time can be difficult, but long goodbyes sometimes make it harder for the child to adjust.  If you wish to wait a few minutes before leaving, or to chat with another parent, please do so where your child cannot see or hear you. 

  • Written consent is required for your child to be released to anyone other than their parent.  Prior to their first time staying in MMO you will need to fill out an information form for emergency contact purposes. You may add or remove names from the “ok to pick-up list” on this form at any time with Lynne at the front desk.

 

Bags, Clothing, and Toys:

  • Your child will need a labeled tote/diaper bag large enough to hold all personal items including their lunch box.  The bag should be labeled so that we can see the name clearly on the outside. Each day your child is with us their bag should contain the following items:

 

  1. 3 diapers with their first and last name written on the front

  2. A sippy cup with their name on it

  3. A lunch box with their name on it

  4. A complete change of weather appropriate clothing, including socks, in a Ziploc bag.

 

  • Please dress your child in play/diaper friendly clothing. It is difficult for us if your child is dressed in outfits that require the removal of shoes or all clothing to change a diaper. Please let us know if your child has any diaper changing sensitivities.  We will apply generic diaper rash ointment/cream to red bottoms.

  • Weather permitting; we will go outside on our playground each day. On warm/sunny days, sunscreen should be applied before coming to school and on cool days, be sure to include a jacket/sweater in their bag.

 

  • If your child has a favorite (small) blanket or “lovie” that they are especially attached to, please send it clearly labeled.  Many children find them comforting in the first few weeks of visiting.  We will do our best to keep track of their special item, but occasionally they do get damaged or misplaced.  We also ask that you do not send any toys to school with your child.

 

Lunch and Snack Time:

  • Tree and/or Peanut products are not allowed if any classmate has a tree and/or peanut allergy.

  • All students with food allergies must have a Food Allergy Action Plan on file in the preschool office.

  • The sippy cup provided needs to be labeled on both lid and cup. 

  • The preschool provides a mid-morning snack such as pretzels, cheerios, animal cracker or graham crackers, or something similar along with water.

  • We cannot feed your child or heat individual lunches.  Simple finger foods that can be eaten at room temperature are appreciated.  Items like deli meat, cheese sticks, fruit, veggies, plain pasta and/or simple sandwiches are great choices.  Grapes and hot dogs are choking hazards and should be quartered instead of sliced or halved.  If you send yogurt with your child we suggest the sippable kind with a straw that you provide.

 

Sickness and Allergies:

  • If your child has a fever, is vomiting, or is experiencing diarrhea, they must wait 24 HOURS to return to school. This means they must have a normal temperature for 24 hours without being given medication.

  • Do not bring your child to school if they are not feeling well.  Symptoms such as yellow/green nasal discharge, coughing, or sore throat may indicate an infection that could spread sickness to others.

  • Notify teachers of seasonal allergies and/or medication being taken, recent vaccinations, changes in sleep patterns/family schedule, etc.  All of these can impact mood and energy levels.

  • Be sure you contact numbers are current.  Remember to turn your cell phone on after you drop your child at school.  If you will unavailable to accept phone calls, it is imperative we have someone we can contact in your place. 

 

Our primary objective is to provide a fun day for your child in an environment where they feel safe and loved.  Our teachers listen and talk to your child.  We want to help them transition into this new environment as easily as possible.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any question or concerns you may have at any time.

One Year Program -                 

 

CANCELLED for the 2020-21 school year.

 

Our One Year Program is open to children who are 1 year of age by September 1, 2020.

CLASSES: {Tuesday & Thursday} {Wednesday & Friday}

 

 

Class size is limited to 12 children with 3 adult teachers.

 

1 Year Old Program Goals

· Interaction, Empathy, Kindness:

Develop age appropriate social skills by interacting with classmates their own age through play, art, and music.  Help students become more aware of their feelings and the feelings of others, which is a precursor to empathy.  Encourage communication and self confidence

· Vocabulary/Listening Skills: 

Our teachers read, talk, and listen to students throughout the day.   A daily music class helps students to develop movement skills through dancing, marching, and learning songs. Teachers sing familiar songs and play music during the  school day

· Creativity/Fine Motor Skills:

Art projects done with crayons, paints and stickers help students to develop dexterity,  explore their creative abilities and introduces them to colors, shapes and numbers.

Our One Year Program is designed to provide a fun day for your child in a safe and loving environment.  We strive to make our one-year students 1st school experience a happy time for both of you.

Two Year Program  

 

STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK

Our Two Year Program is open to children who are 2 years of age by Sept. 1, 2020.

CLASSES: {Monday-Friday} {Tuesday-Friday} {Monday & Wednesday & Friday}

 

                         

Class size is limited to 10 children with 2 a lead teacher an assistant teacher in each class.

 

2 Year Program Goals

 

Social Skills

· Transition from parallel play to interactive play with classmates

· Become aware of others feelings, practice patience to wait your turn and participate together in class

· Practice classroom / table manners.  Learn to stay seated when eating during snack /  lunch time

· Develop age appropriate self / emotional control and learn to recover after becoming upset

· Practice transitioning activities and following our class schedule through out the school day

 

Fine Motor Skills /Gross Motor Skills

· Practice holding crayons, markers, paint brushes, activities with play-doh, shaving cream etc.

· Practice climbing, jumping, balancing and throwing

 

Language Comprehension

· Identify their printed name

· Build vocabulary through conversation, stories, activities

· Develop listening / focus skills through circle time activities and games such as matching/counting games

Math

· Counting 1-10, number recognition and order

· Colors / shapes  -  introduce by using them in art projects i.e., triangle / pizza slice etc.

· Introduction to sequential patterns

Self Help

· Sort and put away toys after free play

· Learn to wash and dry hands

· Work on opening their own lunch and help to clear away lunch items when done.

Three Year Program​   

 

STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK

CLASSES: {Monday-Friday}  {Tuesday-Friday}  {Monday/Wednesday/Friday} 

Our Three Year Program is open to children who are 3 years of age by Sept. 1, 2020.

 

Class size is limited to 12 children with a lead teacher and an assistant teacher, who moves between 2 classes as needed.

 

3-Year Old Program Goals

Social Skills

· Work on using classroom and table manners: please, thank you, excuse me, I need help with...

· Work on politely communicating their needs to others.

· Work on taking turns with classrooms items, toys, books, etc.

· Work on developing self confidence, solving problems, controlling emotions.

 

Language Comprehension/Fine Motor Skills

· “Read it Once Again” curriculum, which each month uses a children’s book to reinforce memory and sequencing skills through repetition, fun art projects and worksheets that pertain to the book.

· Understand spatial words such as before, after,  on, over, under, next.

· Practice holding a crayon, pencil, marker and paint brush correctly.

· Practice fine motor skills by cutting different types of lines (zig-zag, curvy, dotted) with safety scissors.

 

Math

·  Identify and practice writing numbers 1-10

·  Count objects 1-10

·  Sort items by color, shape, size.

·  Learn the names and identify 8 different shapes by sight {star, square, rectangle, circle, triangle, oval, diamond, heart}

Three year students are required to be reliably potty trained at the start of the school year. Reliably trained is defined as: “a child who can recognize BEFORE they need to go and will tell an adult they need to use the bathroom and can do so independently”. Regular underwear cannot be worn until a student is 100% reliably trained. If your child has a BM accident you will be asked to come and change them.

 

Pre-K Program 

 

 

STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK

 

Our Pre-K program is open to children who are 4 years of age by Sept. 1, 2020. 

CLASSES:  {Monday - Friday}  {Tuesday - Friday}

                      

Classes are limited to no more than 14 children per class with a lead teacher and an assistant, who is shared between two classes.

Learning is a creative life-long journey. We believe this is a pivotal year in developing a child’s attitude toward school. For the students in our Pre-K program, this journey begins in play and moves toward wonder, discovery and active involvement in hands on experiences which are relevant to them.

This is a year they transition from being passive learners to active learners as they begin to realize that they have some control over what they learn. They do this through participation and asking questions. As students gain confidence, academic skills and self– reliance, we believe they leave our program to head to Kindergarten with  a strong foundation on which to build their future.

Our Pre-K curriculum inspires investigation, exploration, and manipulation as well as encouraging creative expression. As children learn by doing, we include many hands on activities in a classroom setting to reinforce that learning can be fun and exciting.

We believe each child is a unique individual with his/her own pace of growth and development. Our smaller class size provides the opportunity for the personal growth of each student’s unique abilities. 

Our main goal is to help each student build confidence by providing guided opportunities for many social and emotional successes. We believe this to be an to be important skill for them to learn that will benefit them and make their future educational experiences in larger settings more enjoyable and successful. The intellectual growth of each student is also an essential focus of our program.  

​Providing daily structured learning times is one of the many ways we strive to ensure our students will be ready to enter kindergarten. Learning to listen and follow directions are two of the primary goals of our Pre-K Program; skills which we consider will be highly beneficial to them in later educational settings. In addition, foundations in language arts, reading readiness and mathematics are laid down through the use of manipulatives, art projects, learning centers, games, worksheets and other fun activities.

​Parent/Teacher communication is vital. To ensure parents are informed of their students progress we provide two progress reports. The first is issued toward the beginning of the school year to provide a starting point from which to work. The second is issued in conjunction with our  parent/teacher conference, which is scheduled prior to Cobb County K-5 registration. 

Reading and Number Readiness:

Non-sequential Identification of upper and lower case letters

Introduction to letter-sound association - pre-phonics

Listening to, discussing, and sequencing stories

Left to right and top to bottom reading progression

Visual recognition of numerals, counting and counting activities, associating numerals and objects

Hearing rhyming words

Visual perception, eye-hand coordination, and thinking skills worksheets

Writing:

Development of fine motor skills: print first and last name, trace shapes, draw lines, circles and shapes

Utilization of standard pencils and grips help reinforce proper finger alignment

 

Listening Skills:

Listen to a short story and answer simple questions about the story

Listen to directions from the teacher and follow a number of directions in order

Listening to peers and using words to resolve problems

 

Physical Development:

Use of manipulative tools – crayons, paint brushes, pencils, glue, clay, chalk and small     objects such as counters, and scissors

Gross motor skills – running, playing games, hopping, throwing and catching

 

Social Development:

Cooperate with teacher and others in class

Demonstrate self-control and respect for authority

Relate and share individual experiences

Know address, telephone number, age and birthday, first / last name

 

Social Studies and Science:

Social studies and science are the backbone of many of our thematic units.  Many of our thematic units are planned to specifically target social studies and science topics e.g., space, rain forest, ocean and farm. We believe this is a pivotal year in developing a child’s attitude toward school. Learning is a creative life-long journey. For the students in our Pre-K program, this journey begins in play and moves toward wonder, discovery and active involvement in hands on experiences which are relevant to them. This is a year they transition from being passive learners to active learners as they begin to realize that they have some control over what they learn. They do this through participation and asking questions. As students gain confidence, academic skills and self– reliance, we believe they leave our program to head to Kindergarten with a strong foundation on which to build their future.

St. Catherine's Preschool

571 Holt Rd NE

Marietta, GA 30068

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