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.
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
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.
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 the 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.
Creative and Spiritual Development
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, a warm and inviting library, weekly Mass, and instruction about how God is part of their lives.