Spiritual Development is an integral part of Saint Bernadette’s Preschool. In preparation for more formal instruction in the years ahead, students are instructed using Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Children gather in our atrium, a room filled with materials to learn about God and designated for spiritual growth, and learn about God through exploration.
Language and Literacy Development
Language is the development of communication skills that enables children to share their world with others. At the preschool level, we focus on language, reading and writing. Students are taught to communicate effectively, develop their vocabularies, and comprehend age-appropriate texts. Students listen to and share stories, participate finger plays, and write classroom stories as they journal their way through the school year.
Social and Emotional Development
Social and emotional development is a key component of our preschool. We recognize this development lays the foundation for our students' long-term academic and social success (National Research Council, 2008). Positive social skills are intertwined into all areas of learning.
Physical Well-Being and Motor Development
Motor skills are a vital part of young children's educational experience. Rich learning centers that include physical activity allow for exploration and fine and gross motor development. Our curriculum also focuses on healthy lifestyles. We encourage basic health practices such as regular hand washing and identifying safe adults.