The Pre-Kindergarten Program at St. John the Apostle Catholic School provides a challenging environment of directed freedom for 4-year old children. The program is designed to nurture the spiritual, intellectual, physical and social-emotional growth of each child. It provides active, hands-on learning based on the knowledge of HOW and WHEN a child learns and develops.
Pre-Kindergarten students attend religion class daily. This includes the formal teaching of gospel values and age-appropriate faith concepts. It is a time to pray and celebrate “church” together. Students also attend the school's weekly mass with their 5th grade buddies.
Curriculum is “phonics based.” Each letter of the alphabet represents one or more sounds. When the phonetic sounds are mastered, reading is the next step.
Math development in young children essentially involves the ordering of their world, giving them a sense of order to the abstract. Thus it is important to carefully build math skills in a natural progression.
Science, social studies, fine arts, health, social development, gross and fine motor skills, and technology are other areas emphasized in an age appropriate format.
All clothing must be managed by the child. For this reason, it is recommended that children wear elastic waist pants or shorts. Please dress your child in comfortable play clothes. The children do go outside almost every day and should be dressed accordingly. Dresses and skirts must be worn with shorts underneath and are not as easy to play in on the playground. These children do a lot of climbing, etc., so shoes need to be rubber soled, tie or Velcro, with no lights, no buckles, no sandals, and no boots.