PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple...Kindergarten preparedness is best accomplished by preparing the whole child.  What does this mean? 

 

Our Pre-K students are part of a small community that fosters a loving and caring atmosphere.  Being part of such a community encourages and allows children to develop their own unique gifts, talents and abilities, which in turn helps them to learn to value themselves as well as others. 

 

Pre-Kindergarten at St. Bartholomew School is carefully designed to encourage each child to learn and grow in a developmentally appropriate and nurturing environment. We work closely with each child to encourage a love of learning, self confidence, self-respect, and a sense of community - all vital components of a child’s complete pre-primary experience.  

Our curriculum focuses on all aspects of their early development, including social, emotional, physical, intellectual, creative and spiritual growth. 

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Social, Emotional & Physical Development

Through developmentally appropriate practices, we help our youngest students learn important skills such as:

  • getting along with others

  • taking care of oneself

  • sharing

  • listening

  • following directions

  • carrying out responsibilities

  • expressing and coping with feelings in an appropriate manner

  • and developing an interest in the world around them 

 

Children develop their gross motor skills through physical education class and extended outdoor play time or, when weather does not permit, play in our new gymnasium.

Intellectual Development

Our program prepares students to be successful in Kindergarten by teaching literacy, pre-reading, writing, math, and elementary technology skills, all of which help improve self-confidence and increase independence.  

In order to ease their transition into Kindergarten, our students also learn fine motor skills which will help them with correct formation of letters and numbers and use of a mouse and keyboard.  Methods of teaching include hands-on activities, demonstrations, dramatic play, music, art, and creative movement.  

Children benefit from a low teacher to student ratio in key areas of our pre-primary program with our Small Group Rotation method.

Literacy, Pre-Reading and Writing


Word Recognition -Recognizes first and last name -Identifies letter names and sounds -Imitates simple rhymes by reciting or singing -Builds new vocabulary -Strengthens visual discrimination Reading Comprehension -Tells simple stories from pictures and books -Identifies the beginning, middle, and end of a story -Answers questions about a story Literary Response -Acts out an imaginary event -Actively looks for things that an adult talks about in a picture book -Engages in conversation to communicate thoughts, feelings, and ideas -Builds listening skills Writing Process -Concepts of print: left to right direction -Copies letters, numbers, shapes -Holds a pencil, marker, crayon correctly -Draws pictures and dictates sentences about stories and experiences




Mathematics


Number Sense & Computation -Demonstrates understanding of addition – how many in all – using objects -Demonstrates understanding of subtraction – how many are left – using objects Algebra -Demonstrates ability to sort, classify, and name objects by common characteristics (size, color, shape) -Recognizes, copies, extends, and creates patterns with objects and drawings Geometry -Identifies and copies circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, stars, and diamonds -Uses position words to indicate where things are in space and follows directions to place an object in an indicated space (in, out, on, off) Problem Solving -Identifies the missing parts of an object in a set -Follows steps in a routine and tells what activity comes first and what follows -Uses trial and error to solve problems




Technology


The Pre-K classroom has its own computer to facilitate access to technology at any time of the day. Some of the tasks our younger students work on include: -Using computer programs to create picture stories -Using a computer mouse: click, click, and drag exercizes -Using the Internet to explore kid-friendly websites including Starfall





Creative and Spiritual Development
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Children's Storybooks

St. Bartholomew School believes that fostering spiritual growth and encouraging creativity, is critical in developing a healthy and whole child.  Children in our program benefit from the many resources already available at our grade school, including a new gymnasium, an art and music department, and a warm and inviting library, as well as weekly mass and instruction about how God is part of their lives.

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Vehicle Dimensions


Length: 6.80m (22.3ft) Width: Unladen weight: Anticipated payload: The difficulty with the VW Crafter is the weight of the vehicle. The base vehicle before conversion is much heavier than other vans used for motorhomes, such as the Peugeot Boxer. To get the payload necessary to use a Crafter as a motorhome, it will need to be up-plated to 4 tonne. This will require a C1 license to be able to drive, which does add some difficulties for anyone who does not have that license as standard.




Tank Sizes


Fresh water - Underbody 100lt tank Waste water - Underbody 65lt tank Gas - underbody 30lt tank possible




Bed Size and Configuration


This largely depends on a number of factors such as bed height and layout choice. Firstly, the higher the bed is build, the narrower the van becomes and thus the narrower the bed becomes. Our demo van which could be seen on our stand at the NEC, and is what is photographed throughout this website, has a fixed bed of approximately 6ft 3 by 5ft9. The Crafter's extra length means that sleeping lengthways in the vehicle is the default, and due to the narrow nature of the vehicle, it becomes very difficult to sleep transverse. In MWB Crafters, you need to sleep transverse to prevent the bed encroaching into the vehicle too much, so side pods mounted to the vehicle are the answer to this, which we will be building in the foreseeable future. As for bed height, this can be built for a fixed bed at almost any height within the van (within reason) and can be a good way of utilising the extra length of the vehicle to build a garage/storge area.




Heating


We have usually fitted a diesel heater in our crafter conversions, but the availability of a well designed 30 lt gas tank means we can easily fit a cheaper gas heater.




Electronics


Information coming soon!




Votronic Panel


Information coming soon!




Kitchen Facilities


Information coming soon!




Bathroom Facilities


Information coming soon!




Layout Options


Our standard layout that we used for our demo van was a fixed bed layout. This provides you with a large bed area with plenty of room to sleep on. It also creates a garage area underneath for copious amounts of storage. This fixed bed can be built at virtually any height in the vehicle, and can be made to suit your needs. Another option available is a twin single beds layout. This limits the storage in the van due to the lack of garage underneath, but provides a two single beds with a walkway in between.




Insulation


Our vehicles come winterised as standard. We use multiple layers of insulation to ensure that the motorhome is usable all-year round. We use high quality foam-foil insulation with a thick insulation layer over the top. This coupled with the carpeted panels and the van's walls creates a comfortable and warm motorhome.




Warranty and Servicing


We offer a 2 year warranty on all our work, but make sure to look after our customers if something ever goes wrong in the future.