Nature-based Preschool Program: AGES 3–4
At St. Anne’s we set high standards for early childhood education. The core of our program reflects our belief that children learn best through a play-based curriculum which helps to develop cognitive thinking and problem solving skills. We can explore subjects ranging from the natural world and scientific experiences to early literacy, number sense, religion, making friends, healthy choices, and personal accomplishments through active engagement with their environment. At the preschool level, our students begin to both understand and make connections between objects in the classroom and larger educational concepts.
Since our founding in 2002, our focus has always been on the whole child. Our goal is to provide an educational experience for each child that fosters a passion for discovery and exploration and guides them on a path to lifelong learning. The activities planned throughout the day are designed to stimulate and engage children’s natural curiosity about their world. We plan activities that can be extended and differentiated for a multi-age (3-4) group to allow children to develop at their own pace. Examples of these activities can include practice and manipulation of letters, numbers, colors, and shapes using educational materials, crafts, and project units.
Beyond our classroom experiences, this year’s preschool group has a schedule of special subjects; children are gently transitioned to appropriate classrooms, the lab, gym, and outdoors.