Preschool


Our preschool classes, ages two through four, will have a year of magical wonder and amazing growth. Our main focus is to prepare them for Kindergarten and beyond while having fun and providing a wonderful experience for both you and your children.

Our classes will provide each child with a safe and loving learning environment. Each day will be filled with fun and exciting adventures to help your children develop spiritually, academically and socially. The classes will be learning and exploring many concepts and themes throughout the year.

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Pre-Kindergarten Teachers

Pre-Kindergarten Teachers

Irma Cortez

Irma Cortez

2K Teacher

Judy Garcia

Judy Garcia

3K Teacher

Jovita Myatt

Jovita Myatt

4K Teacher

St. John's Private School

Laurie Almanza

2K Teacher Assistant

Felicia Mann

Felicia Mann

2K and 3K Teacher Assistant

St. John's Private School

Lydia Leal

3K Teacher Assistant

Erika Estrada

Erika Estrada

4K Teacher Assistant

Curriculum for Two-Year-Old Kindergarten (2K)

Curriculum for Two-Year-Old Kindergarten (2K)

Philosophy 

In the 2K classroom, we are dedicated to the philosophy that young children grow in an orderly and sequential manner with predictable stages of development.  We recognize that each child is unique, and accept each child at their current stage of development of the whole child – physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual growth.

The program shall provide each child with age appropriate experiences, which will encourage:

  1. Self-esteem and positive self-image
  2. Social interaction
  3. Self-expression and communication skills
  4. Creative expression
  5. Large and small muscle development
  6. Intellectual growth
  7. Spiritual development

The program schedule shall be planned to provide a flexible balance of:

  1. Active and quiet activities
  2. Individual and group activities
  3. Indoor and weather permitting outdoor activities

The Thematic Approach is used for curriculum development at St. John’s. Thematic teaching enhances learning by allowing children to make connections between their various experiences during a school day.

  • Themes during the school year, may include some of the following:

Family, Zoo Animals, Shapes, Farm, Self-Concept, Seasons, Colors, Holidays, Pets, Nursery Rhymes

Religion

  1. Create a Christian atmosphere in the classroom
  2. Children will see themselves as God’s children.
  3. Feel secure in God’s love and care
  4. Listen to God and Jesus stories.

Self

  1. Points to facial features
  2. Drinks from glass and eats without mom
  3. Begins to understand cleanliness
  4. Helps put things away
  5. Identifies self by picture

Math

  1. Understand concept of “one”
  2. Counts to 10
  3. Points to big and little objects

Science

  1. Knows names of ten animals
  2. Associate words like block, car, and crayon with objects
  3. Matches two color samples
  4. Identifies shapes

Art-Fine Motor Skills 

  1. Paints with large brush
  2. Colors with crayons and markers
  3. Finger plays and finger paints
  4. Uses manipulatives

Play

The child will be provided with plenty of opportunities for play. Children will be able to choose what they want to play and with whom. Child development shall be fostered through selection of a variety of equipment.

  1. Provide for large muscle development
  2. Provide for construction activities and for the development of manipulative skills
  3. Encourage social interaction
  4. Provide for intellectual stimulation
  5. Encourage creative expression

Music

  1. Music will be used to help teach all concepts of the curriculum
  2. Sing and praise God
  3. Play simple rhythm games
  4. Development of large and small muscle groups

Creative Movement

  1. Develop large muscle coordination
  2. Simple games
  3. Move creatively to different types of music

 Afternoon  

Children will have lunch and a nap, for approximately one hour. Afterwards, they will continue with learning and play activities until dismissal.

Curriculum for Three-Year-Old Kindergarten (3K)

Curriculum for Three-Year-Old Kindergarten (3K)

Philosophy

We are dedicated to the philosophy that young children grow in an orderly and sequential manner with predictable stages of development. We recognize that each child is unique and accept children at their current stage of development. It is our intention to nurture the development of the whole child- physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual growth.

The program shall provide each child with age appropriate experiences, which will encourage:

  1. Self-esteem and positive self-image
  2. Social interaction
  3. Self-expression and communication skills
  4. Creative expression
  5. Large and small muscle development
  6. Intellectual growth
  7. Spiritual development

The program schedule shall be planned to provide a flexible balance of:

  1. Active and quiet activities
  2. Individual and group activities
  3. Indoor and, weather permitting, outdoor activities

The Thematic Approach is used for curriculum development at St. John’s. Thematic teaching enhances learning by allowing children to make connections between the various experiences during a school day.

Themes may include the following:

Family, Animals, Shapes, Community Helpers, Dinosaurs, Seasons, Colors, Holidays, Weather, Farm/Harvest, Plants/Seeds, Five senses

Reading Readiness

  1. Speak and express ideas in a social group by asking questions, retelling stories, role playing, and participating in creative dramatics
  2. Follows two step directions
  3. Listens to short stories and simple poems, develops a love for books
  4. Begins to develop eye-hand coordination
  5. Engages in simple conversation using four to six words sentences
  6. Recognizes first name
  7. Holds crayon correctly, uses lower case letters
  8. Visual and auditory memory
  9. Tells full name, age, and gender
  10. Recognizes letters
  11. Begins learning sight words
  12. Begins Handwriting Without Tears instruction

Math

  1. Points to and labels shapes
  2. Matches shapes
  3. Classifies objects into two given categories (size, shape, or color).
  4. Matches sets containing 10 objects
  5. Understands concepts of full and empty
  6. Counting
  7. Limited simple addition and subtraction
  8. Familiar with calendar

Science

  1. Find out about the world in which we live
  2. Understands there are many kinds of animals and that they move and live in different ways
  3. Understands most plants make seeds for new plants
  4. Learning through doing

Art

  1. Art gives children the chance to use their imagination, to express their individuality, and to be creative while having fun
  2. Introduction to:
  3. Cutting and scissor safety
  4. Crayons, markers, pencils, and watercolors
  5. Painting: finger, sponge, marble, straw, prints, and easels
  6. Stimulate CREATIVITY

Play

  1. The child will be provided with plenty of opportunities for play.
  2. Children will be able to choose what they want to play with and with whom
  3. Child development shall be fostered through selection of a variety of equipment
  4. Provide for large muscle development
  5. Provide for construction activities and for the development of manipulative skills
  6. Encourage social interaction
  7. Provide for intellectual stimulation
  8. Encourage creative expression

Music and Movement

  1. Learn songs that are related to religion stories and unit studies
  2. Introduction to instruments
  3. Play simple rhythm and movement games
  4. Participate, appreciate, and enjoy music
  5. Develop large muscle coordination
  6. Develop good sportsmanship
  7. Basic skills- jumping, running, hopping, and skipping
  8. Increasing overall physical fitness
  9. Move creatively to different types of music

E-learning

  1. Interactive learning through websites
  2. Electronic books- reading
  3. Electronic research for new material

 Afternoon

Children will have lunch and a rest time/nap, for approximately one hour. Afterwards, they will continue with learning and play activities until dismissal.

Curriculum for Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K)

Curriculum for Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K)

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