Pre-School Program

The Assumption Early Childhood Center is dedicated to:

  1. Guide protect and nurture student growth and development.
  2. Provide activities that are flexible for both large and small groups.
  3. Meet all state and local requirements.
  4. Keep open lines of communication with parents.
  5. Realize that each child is an individual and learns at his/her own rate.
The Assumption Early Childhood Center is a strong, academically based program that is geared toward preparing pre-school age children for kindergarten.  Religion is incorporated as part of the daily instruction as well as basic math foundations, reading readiness skills, social studies and science topics, and gross and fine motor skill development. The Assumption Early Childhood Program also teaches social skills in preparation for appropriate interaction with peers and adults.  The emphasis on teaching the 'whole child' follows the mission of the Assumption Elementary School. 

 Preschool: Age 3
· Children must be three years old by September 30th and toilet trained.
· Students may attend two days a week, 3 hours a day in the am.

 The curriculum geared for our three year old students integrates the following age appropriate skills with activities in art and music that are related to monthly themes:

 Gross Motor Skills - activities that develop the large muscles in the legs and arms by using a large ball, hopping, jumpting, galloping and games.

 Fine Motor Skills - activities designed to develop finger strength and dexterity. They are fostered through activities that utilize such materials as play dough, scissors, and different writing instruments. Skills are futher nurtured by offering students such opportunities as stringing beads, putting pegs into pegboards and coompleting puzzles.

 Language - It is developed through activites that create opportunities for the students to acquire good listening skills and the ability to follow directions. Experiences such as Show & Tell and Circle Time foster communication skills that increase receptive and expressive vocabulary as well as correct verbal sentence structure and grammar. Time is also deveoted to letter recognition. These activities are further cultivated through the performance of songs and finger plays.

 Math - Concepts such as number recognition and counting (1 to 10) and the sorting of objects by size, shape and color are practiced routinely.

 Pre-kindergarten:
· Children must be four years old by September 30th.
· Students may attend three or five days a week for 3 hours in the am or full days.
· Morning and full day sessions are available.
(For our full day students, a lunch and a naptime period are incorporated into the schedule.)

 Pre-kindergarten curriculum
The 4-year-old curriculum integrates the following age appropriate skills with more detailed activities in art and music relating to weekly themes:

 Gross Motor Skills - Activities designed to develop large muscles in the arms and legs are fostered through activities such as using a large ball, marching, hopping, jumping, galloping and alternating feet on steps.

 Fine Motor Skills - Activities designed to develop finger strength and dexterity are fostered through utilizing materials such as play dough, scissors, paste, and different writing instruments. Skills are further nurtured by offering students such opportunities as stringing large and small beads, threading, connecting small blocks, putting pegs into pegboards and completing puzzles.

 Language - Developed through activities that create opportunities for the students to acquire good listening skills and follow directions. Show & Tell and Circle Time foster communication skills that increase receptive and expressive vocabulary as well as correct verbal sentence structure and grammar. Time is also devoted to letter recognition, name recognition, phonetic sound discrimination and identifying sounds in the environment. These activities are further cultivated through the recitation of simple rhymes and the performance of songs and finger plays. Story Time and other teacher directed activities enable students to demonstrate emergent reading skills such as recognizing that letters form words and it is the print that is read in stories. Emergent writing skills are developed through recognition of left-right progression of print, proper pencil grip, and legible attempts at writing own first name. Throughout the day, all children are encouraged to use clear verbal language for the purpose of describing experiences and feelings, asking questions to obtain information or have needs met, and communicating with others during both formal instruction and playtime.

 Math - Math concepts include number recognition, counting and identifying/forming sets (1-20); the sorting of objects by size, shape and color; the matching of various objects;and the formation of patterns. Each of these concepts is an integral part of the curriculum and is practiced routinely.

 Science - This involves the discovery and development of skills such as observing, measuring, classifying and predicting outcomes. Hands on activities such as mixing, cooking, senses games, freezing water and melting ice, and planting help foster students' understanding of the world around them.

 Social Studies - Themes encourage students to learn about their country, state, and community and more importanly they learn about themselves and their families.

 Social Skills- Theses skills are developed throughout the day. As students engage in various activities they are encouraged to take turns, speak kindly to others, share, and use good manners when interacting with adults and peers. Personal hygiene is also encouraged as students are taught to wash hands before snack time, after rest room breaks, and after using a tissue.

 **Both groups experience Religion on a daily basis through the use of Bible stories, songs, and thematic units. We begin each day with a prayer. Our primary focus is on teaching the children to be loving, caring and kind towards one another. The four year olds are given the opportunity to work in the Media Center on technology lessons that are geared to their level.