The Frassati Catholic Academy NAEYC-accredited Preschool Program is dedicated to providing a nurturing environment to ensure a positive first school experience. Play is the work of the young child, and the curriculum promotes the development of the whole child- physical, cognitive, social/emotional and spiritual. The learning atmosphere and instructional activities reflect developmentally appropriate practice.
Art in preschool is designed to actively engage students as a means of self-expression, creativity and enjoyment with open-ended materials. Color, shape, spatial awareness and use of varied mediums are key elements. Specific projects may also utilize art to develop fine motor skills or the ability to follow directions.
A literacy rich environment is provided for the children so that they explore a variety of fiction and non-fiction books, poetry, environmental print, nursery rhymes and songs. Listening skills, speech and conversation are practiced daily in structured and casual settings. Phonological awareness, letter recognition and writing practice are introduced according to the child’s developmental readiness.
Preschool mathematics is an active process, allowing children to investigate and make discoveries. Math is all around us- counting, sorting, matching, exploring shapes, patterns, addition and subtraction, measuring and graphing. Number recognition, one to one correspondence and spatial concepts are also emphasized on a daily basis.
The religion program develops the children’s awareness of God and seeks to build thankfulness for the many gifts we have been given. Catholic beliefs, traditions and the liturgical year are celebrated at the developmentally appropriate levels. Daily prayer, Bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments, and lessons demonstrating the love of God are emphasized. Service projects are included throughout the year to teach the duty of caring for others.
Science happens every day as children interact with the world around them. Growth in scientific thinking and problem solving occur when they observe, question and investigate the natural world. Children use their senses to explore materials and the environment; identify and describe objects by physical properties; ask questions and make predictions; use tools to further their investigation and make comparisons.
Preschool social studies looks at the concepts of family, classroom and school communities, and the broader world. Family and cultural traditions, similarities and differences are explored. Children have opportunity to practice family and occupational roles in various dramatic play settings.
Gross Motor Development:
Preschool children are highly active and need the freedom to use and challenge their large muscles. Outdoor and/or indoor large motor activities are incorporated daily. Body awareness, coordination, balance and stamina are developed and encouraged. Specific skills may also be targeted throughout the year. Cooperative games are introduced to enhance the concept of teamwork.
Fine Motor Development:
Daily projects, manipulatives and art mediums develop and strengthen small muscles. Regular practice increases fine motor control and coordination. Children develop eye-hand coordination and explore the use of a variety of tools.
Everything in the preschool classroom offers the opportunity to build friendships, practice good manners, and healthy habits, resolve conflicts, practice being leaders and followers, develop a sense of personal responsibility and learn self-help skills
Pre-Kindergarten – must be 4 years old by Sept 1, 2017
Mon/Wed/Fri full-day 8:00 am – 2:30 pm*
Mon/Wed/Fri full-day 8:00 am – 2:30 pm + extended day 2:30 – 5:00 pm*
Mon – Fri full-day 8:00 am – 2:30 pm*
Mon – Fri full-day 8:00 am – 2:30 pm + extended day 2:30 – 5:00 pm*
Preschool – focused 4 year old curriculum
Mon/Wed/Fri half-day 8:00 – 11:00 am
Preschool – focused 3 year old curriculum
Tues/Thurs half-day 8:00 – 11:00 am
*(Lunch served on full days. Hot lunch is available for an additional cost)
Before School Care:
7:00 – 8:00 am (Includes Breakfast)
Available for an additional $7/morning. Pre-registration is required.