St. Mary’s Episcopal School

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Pre-K

The Pre-K class is designed for children who are eligible for kindergarten the following school year.  These children are typically 4 when beginning the Pre-K experience.  Although these children are eligible for kindergarten the following fall, many continue into the junior kindergarten. We offer 4-day and 5-day Pre-K options.

While preparing for kindergarten, children will be provided all readiness opportunities, including the development of independence, building self-esteem, following directions, strengthening fine motor skills, and further development of cognitive skills. Pre-literacy experiences are enhanced by reading books, journal writing, name writing, “reading” the daily routine, rhyming and exploring letters and sounds within the context of curriculum. Numeracy and problem solving skills are enhanced through graphing, sorting and classifying, counting, question of the day, and exploring concepts such as more, less and the same. The classroom environment provides opportunities for dramatic play, cooperative, play, scientific exploration, creative art, building with blocks and manipulative play.

The student-to-teacher ratio is two teachers per 12 children.

Day-at-a-Glance

8:55 Children arrive at school through carpool
9:00 – 9:10 Children put away jackets, snacks, and folders
9:10 – 9:25 Children meet together in a large group to discuss their daily routines (schedules, jobs, special activities)
9:25 – 10:25 Center Activities – children choose from activities that include but are not limited to: manipulatives, puzzles, books, blocks, housekeeping, sand/water (touch table), science discovery, art, music
10:25 – 10:45 Snack time – children bring a snack from home to eat during this time
10:45 – 11:00 Large group – during this time, teachers may read a book to the children, recite poetry with the children, sing songs, do movement activities, cook a special snack, etc.
11:00 – 11:55 Outdoor play
12:00 Dismissal – children usually sing a song or have a goodbye ritual for each day and are dismissed to carpool or to after school activities