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Early Childhood & Kindergarten

Preschool

Here at St Anne "Next Generation" Preschool our highly qualified State Certified staff of early childhood educators believe it is our mission to provide a strong educational environment for young children in a setting that supports their developmental needs. Our curriculum is designed to support age appropriate goals and interests of the children at their current developmental level. Respect for the child as an individual and as a learner is vital.

We emphasize and support the importance of family in the lives of our young students as they begin their school experience. We strive to help children discover their fullest potential socially, academically and spiritually.

At our “Next Generation” preschool it is our goal to know your child as a unique individual and to provide the personalized experience they need to be successful in school and in life.

At St .Anne’s, our next-generation preschool program is executed by degreed, state certified teachers and is aligned with diocesan and state standards .We provide an age appropriate, high quality preparatory experience for your little cardinal as they begin what we hope to be a long association with your family.

Our curriculum is rich in opportunities to solve problems, use language, develop new vocabulary and engage in age appropriate intellectual activities. Experiences are provided daily in the areas of art, math ,music, science, literacy, dramatic play, religion, social and physical development. Our classrooms are equipped with a rich variety of materials, including the finest in children’s literature, creative building materials and an extensive selection of art materials.

Our early childhood math and science curriculum affords our students the opportunity to experience hands on learning. Our materials and curriculum instruments are designed to specifically address the particular needs of young children and create a solid foundation for higher learning.

Research based, standardized curriculum programs are executed in the areas of Religion, phonics, mathematics,fine motor development, music, social skills development and reading comprehension using the following programs:

  • Jolly Phonics
  • Jolly Music
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Stories of God’s Love
  • Developing Math Concepts in Prekindergarten
  • Interactive Read Alouds
  • Second Step

Our preschool program goals are adapted from the standards that define what NAEYC-the world’s larget organization of early childhood professionals- believes all high quality early childhood programs should provide.

We endeavor to:

  • Promote positive relationships among children and adults in our program in order to encourage each child’s sense of worth and belonging as part of a Catholic Christian learning community.
  • Implement curriculum consistent with developmentally appropriate goals for children and to promote learning and development in each of the following areas: social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive.
  • To support children’s learning using a variety of assessment methods.
  • To establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each child’s family so that all families are welcome and encouraged to be involved in all areas of the program.
  • To use developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child’s development in the context of curriculum goals.

Kindergarten

The goal of the kindergarten program is to meet the individual needs of each child, striving to integrate knowledge, Faith and Catholic values into each day.  Our program recognizes the seven intelligences and uses a multi-sensory approach to learning.

Thematic Units are used to teach literacy and integrate science, social studies, technology and Spanish. There is a different theme or holiday focus each month, communicated through our newsletter. Particular attention is given to the bridging of oral and written language and the teaching of reading and writing.

  • Balanced Reading
  • Jolly Phonics
  • Writing
  • Printing and Keyboarding
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Religious Instruction

We believe that children are naturally inquisitive, and given the right stimuli, will respond to learning in a wondrous manner. We believe it is essential that children have a good sense of self, along with a strong foundation of Christian values to give them the confidence they need to succeed.

At Saint Anne, we have established a kindergarten program, which we believe lays the foundation for successful learning. We recognize that each child enters kindergarten with a unique set of background experiences and a wide range of abilities. It is with that understanding that we have developed a kindergarten curriculum designed to support the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of each and every child.