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Philosophy and Goals of the Preschool Program

The first years of life are of vital importance to a child's growth and development. Foundations are laid which influence the ability of a child to accept herself/himself, relate to others and respond positively to the environment. Family relationships provide a young child with the best model for developing attitudes, values and appropriate behavior. Interactions with other adults and children are extremely important and promote ways for the child to relate to the world around him/her.

Early childhood education provides the transition from home to a school atmosphere. Educational research indicates that these early years are crucial for learning and, in fact, form the basis for all future learning.

A Catholic preschool program strives to provide a creative learning environment for the young child. Interaction with other children and adults, in an atmosphere of Christian love and concern, promotes the healthy development of each child. Learning experiences and play activities encourage spiritual, intellectual, social and physical growth.

Preschool Programs Course Descriptions:

3-Year-Old Program

  • As your child prepares to begin their school years, St. Mary's Preschool Program strives to provide children with a warm and nurturing environment that will:
  • Have children separate from parents with little or no stress
  • Enhance concentration during cooperative playtime
  • Increase participation to group activities
  • Complete simple tasks
  • Develop large and small muscle motor skills
  • Increase vocabulary

4-Year-Old Program & Pre-Kindergarten

  • Curriculum is designed to introduce all area of the State of Ohio Early Learning Content Standards
  • Language Arts-Story comprehension
  • Math Skills- Recognize and write numbers
  • Science- Observation and experiments
  • Art- Explore a variety of tools and materials
  • Social Studies- Development of decision-making skills and organizing information
  • Patterns, functions in Mathematics
  • Develop attitudes that promote responsible citizenship and an appreciation of cultures, traditions, heritage and diversity in Social Studies
  • Daily large muscle development

 Preschool Program Class Schedules:

3 Year-Old Program:                   Monday-Tuesday                                         9:00 am to 11:00 am      (must be 3 years old by August 1st)

4 Year-Old Program:                   Wednesday-Thursday-Friday                         9:00 am to 11:30 am      (must be 4 years old by August 1st)

Pre-Kindergarten Program:          Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday            12:45 pm to 3:05 pm       (must be 4 years old by August 1st. It is suggested that your child be 5 years old by February of upcoming school year)


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