Academics

We believe that play is the work of young children and that toys are the tools children use to develop their many skills and abilities.

Our environment is designed to stimulate play, intellectual development, risk taking, social interaction, physical development, language proficiency, spatial perspective, and a respect for Catholic values.

CURRICULUM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Steppingstones Preschool has a well-planned, child-oriented curriculum focused on learning through creativity. We believe in teaching each and every child to reach their potential as they become leaders of our communities.  We feel that curriculum development is an on-going process to meet the needs of your child.  Each month themes are introduced in your child’s classroom and divided into specific weekly programs and daily projects.  Teachers develop lesson plans based upon the following learning objectives:  emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual and physical development.  The emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual and emotional progress of each child will be documented in their record and reported to the parents during conferences that are offered 2 times per year.

1.  To promote emotional development:

  • A safe and caring environment
  • Promotion of self help skills
  • Self-esteem activities
  • Body awareness activities
  • Acceptance of differences
  • Curriculum designed for individual success

2.  To promote intellectual development:

  • Problem solving activities
  • Technology incorporated into daily activities
  • Weekly library visits
  • Exposure to various forms of literature
  • Puzzles and games
  • Science discovery table
  • A variety of art media to explore
  • Puppetry
  • Math readiness activities
  • Reading readiness activities
  • Music experiences
  • Exposure to sign-language and Spanish
  • Creative dramatics

3.  To promote social development:

  • Dramatic play environment
  • Group interaction
  • Cooperative learning experiences
  • Sharing time
  • Group snack time
  • Holiday celebrations

4.  To promote spiritual development:

  • Teach children God’s love by connecting it to their lives
  • Weave simple prayer experiences into every day                             
  • Begin to lay a positive foundation for faith formation
  • Begin to lay the foundations for a strong relationship to the Church community

5.  To promote physical development:

  • Large motor
    • Group large motor games and activities
    • Climbing apparatus
    • Balancing apparatus
    • Gym equipment (including balls, scooters, hoops, cars, etc.)
    • Gym facility
    • Outdoor play area (large equipment and grassy)
  • Small motor
    • Art and/or craft activities
    • Sand and water table activities
    • Easel painting
    • Free choice time including blocks (large and small), play dough, measuring experiences, legos, pegboards, sewing cards, lacing cards, dress up, kitchen, reading corner, listening station, cars, board games, If You Wish table, train table, beauty shop, work bench and more.

CHILDREN HAVE DAILY ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING INTEREST AREAS

  • Creative Arts & Crafts
  • Construction
  • Dramatic/Practical Life Activities
  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Science
  • Music
  • Fine Motor Activities
  • Large Muscle Activities
  • Sensory Stimulation Activities

QUIET ACTIVITIES A TEACHER MAY USE

  • Story Tapes
  • Listening Stations
  • Puzzles
  • Drawing
  • Play-dough
  • Table Toys

ENERGETIC ACTIVE ACTIVITIES A TEACHER MAY USE

  • Parachutes
  • Dancing
  • Playground
  • Movement Songs
  • Balls
  • Bean Bags

Any of the above may be teacher directed or may be initiated by the wants of the children.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Although, Steppingstones curriculum is developed with multiculturalism in mind, it is our policy that parents need to inform us if their child (because of their beliefs) may not participate in certain activities or partake of the food being served.  We encourage children and their families to share their cultural background with us.  This can allow us to incorporate learning activities based on the needs of all children in our program.

ENVIRONMENT

Although our classrooms are self-contained, we also use portions of the larger school environment, such as the church, gym, lunchroom, playground and library.  We encourage and allow for spontaneous activities, which come about naturally.  Whenever possible, staff responds to individual inquiries and interests and attempts to encourage further learning both for that child and for others who might share in the discovery.

SAMPLE HALF- DAY SCHEDULE

9:00-9:25        Sign-In, Prayer, Calendar

9:30-10:30      Guided Table Activities/Free Choice Time

10:35-10:55    Bathroom Break/Snack

11:00-11:25    Large Muscle/Outdoor Play

11:30-11:45    Story/Activity Board/Dismissal

 

Monday:  Music - 9:30-10:00                               

Wednesday:  Library - 9:30-9:50

Friday:  Gym - 11:00-11:30

This program plan will be evaluated annually in writing by a staff person qualified as a teacher by Rule 3.  It will be developed further if so needed.

This program plan is available to parents upon request.