PK4-5 Team - Mrs. Burke
The PK4-5 program was developed for students who just miss the Kindergarten cut-off or would benefit from one more year of preschool. It is a full day, five day a week program. Candidates have an overall pattern of well-rounded development in the areas of language, social, physical and personal maturity as determined by the objective screening administered at the time of application. The application and screening results are reviewed by the administration in collaboration with faculty before acceptance into the program.
The reading program, "Getting Ready to Read with Mother Goose", is a reading program that develops phonemic awareness for reading readiness and language development. The writing/language arts program, "The Land of the Letter People", is a Kindergarten program which introduces each alphabet letter with a puppet and a song. The thematically organized program develops print awareness, alphabet knowledge, oral language and listening skills, vocabulary development writing and spelling as well as focusing on math and science concepts. The program immerses students in reading and writing across the content areas engaging them and providing motivation to learn.
The math program, "The Big Book Series," an addition to the Letter People, encourages students to explore foundational math concepts in counting, and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, measurement and data and geometry. The science program, "The Big Book Series in Science," integrates more science content into their daily routine. Topics cover life, physical, and earth and space sciences as well as engineering, technology and applications of sciences. The preschool religion program, "Discovering God's World", helps each child to develop a personal relationship with God. It educates the child in every dimension developing those human resources, which provide the basis for the life of faith, a sense of trust, of freedom, self-giving, of invocation and joyful participation. The children attend morning mass once a week. Along with the core subjects, students participate in Physical Education, Music, Spanish and Computer class once a week.
Hours of Preschool Instruction: 8:15 - 3:00
How Many Days/Week?: 5 days a week
Optional Extended Day: 3:00 - 6:00. You can register for extended day any or all of the days your student attends preschool.
Number of Teachers: Two full time teachers at all times
Sadlier; A Faith-Development Program for Five-Year-Olds, Discovering God’s Love" The Discovering God Program seeks to introduce the preschool child to the Catholic community’s life of faith in many ways. While developing a child’s human resources, it presents the faith in a language that the young child can understand. Presenting human life as a gift of God, the program engages the child’s senses in incremental experiences of God, the gift of his Son, Jesus, the gifts of family, Catholic community, Scripture, sacraments, and prayer. Accompanying activities and other pages sent home reinforce the home/school connections.
Abrams and Company, "The Land of the Letter People" “The Land of the Letter People” by Abrams and Company introduces each alphabet letter with a puppet and song. This thematically organized program develops print awareness, alphabetic knowledge, oral language and listening skills, vocabulary development, writing and spelling as well as focusing on math and science concepts through the “Big Books “series. This program is designed to help ease children into language learning and literacy at the Pre-kindergarten level through sequential activities that introduce and reinforce listening skills, letter recognition, and a few common sight words, referred to as Everyday Words. With the use of puppets, each Letter Person represents a sound or sounds in the alphabet, as well as teaching many aspects of math, science and social studies. "Handwriting Without Tears", a formal program developed by an occupational therapist to develop pre-writing and writing skills for young children, is also used as a supplemental handwriting program
Mathematics helps young children make sense of the world around them and understand their physical world. Children are inclined to make comparisons, notice similarities and differences in objects and group their toys and materials. The ability to organize information into categories, quantify data and solve problems helps children to learn about time, space and numbers. When children play in the sandbox, cook applesauce and complete a puzzle, they are engaging in activities that allow them to develop the thinking skills that are naturally used in daily life. Children learn the uses of mathematics to describe and explore relationships among objects and materials in the environment. They increasingly develop the vocabulary and skills to measure, describe patterns and to express order and position. "Abrams and Company", focuses on math concepts through the “Big Books “series. Touch Math is also used as a supplemental curriculum. It utilizes a multisensory approach and sequential strategies to improve student math comprehension and mastery.
Children are captivated by the natural world and by physical events. They insist that teachers and family members answer their questions about the world around them. By cultivating this sense of wonder, we help children to become scientific thinkers. Children can learn to use the scientific method in their everyday life. The questions that children ask about insects flying, making a shadow or mixing paints are transformed into hypotheses about their world. They use their senses and scientific tools to observe, collect and interpret data and draw conclusions. Communicating their findings informally in conversations, or through the documentation of results, leads children to ask new questions and to continue the cycle of scientific investigation. Abrams and Company, focuses on science concepts through the “Big Books “series.