The Pre-K (4 year-old Program) at Saint Bridget School is designed to create a safe, caring, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment. Children are life-long learners and our curriculum is designed to foster the academic, social, emotional, and physical growth of each child at the beginning stages of their formal education.
Children are taught religion, reading readiness, mathematics, science, and social studies through group lessons, center-based activities, as well as individual practice.
In learning about our Catholic faith community, the children receive daily reminders that we are all God’s children and we are all special. We also teach that God created the world, animals, and all people. To help reinforce these concepts, the children:
- Participate in daily prayer as part of the school community
- Attend Mass once a week with the help of 3rd grade church buddies.
- Take part in the Saint Bridget School CARES program. This program teaches about compassion, acceptance, respect, empathy and safety.
Our reading readiness curriculum helps the children build a solid foundation for learning to read and write. We aim to develop an awareness of letters and their sounds. Daily stories are used to assist in building vocabulary as well as enhancing a child’s love of reading. In addition to stories, children experience the following reading readiness experiences:
- Letter of the Week Activities
- Writing Centers
- Independent Book Time
- Poetry Journals
Children in K1 strengthen and learn new mathematical concepts. Many of the foundations for mathematics at this age level are formed out of experience with real objects. In addition to structured learning, children are able to explore and learn through play. We focus on counting and writing numerals, sorting, shapes, and patterns through the use of:
- Math Journals
The children are introduced to Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science through our curriculum. They learn about living and non-living organisms, weather, life cycles of plants and animals, as well as properties and movement of objects. This learning takes place through discussion, non-fiction texts, and hands-on activities.
The children in K1 experience:
- Field Trips
- Planting Activities
- Scholastic Magazines
Our social studies curriculum is designed to teach appreciation and understanding about our local communities and our country, the United States of America. We discuss what makes a community and who we see in our local community. The children learn about holidays that are celebrated across the country. In addition, they experience:
- Daily Pledge of Allegiance
- Patriotic Songs
- Bread Day
- Fire Safety with a Fire Fighter Visit
- Scholastic Magazines
In addition to the core academic curriculum, the children in K1 take part in weekly Art, Music, Library, and Physical Education classes.