The curriculum may include Bible time, manipulative play (for small motor development), creative play, cooking, art, pre-reading activities, math readiness, science exploration, computer usage, large motor coordination activities, music and story time.
Activities change frequently because young children have short attention spans and tend to get restless if an activity continues too long. All the activities are important in helping children develop into well-rounded individuals. All students are encouraged to participate in all the offered activities in order to develop both small and large muscle coordination, role playing skills, creativity, and the necessary academic foundations.
The teachers are concerned with providing experiences for the appropriate age levels that stimulate curiosity and the desire to learn. Teachers in the three, four, and five year-old classes utilize the theme approach to introduce topics of study.
Examples of such thematic units are: autumn fun, winter wonderland, Love of Jesus, weather, dinosaurs, amazing animals, families, solar system, etc.
Preschool children are introduced to concepts such as recognizing colors, numerals, letters, writing skills, etc. The preschool has developed a curriculum that builds on the concepts taught at the lower level and expands on these as the child goes through the classes here at St. Peter’s Preschool. A detailed handout of the goals and objectives of the 3’s, 4’s, and Begindergarten’s curriculum are found in the Parents Handbook. If a child is developmentally ready for each concept, he/she will learn it quickly and easily. If a child is not ready, pressure will only discourage him/her and could create a dislike for learning.