Our goal is to create an inviting, encouraging, and Christ-centered first-time school experience for our youngest students. During their day at school they are cherished, nurtured, motivated, and encouraged. Constantly in motion, two-year-olds are determined to learn on their own. SPCS provides a rich learning environment that helps them expand their vocabularies, find appropriate ways to express their creativity, and safely discover the world around them. They enjoy games, songs, dramatic play, manipulatives, and creative art projects which are centered on a weekly theme. Skills and concepts covered are nursery rhymes, holidays and seasons, creative expression, colors, counting, songs and finger plays, small/large muscle development, and vocabulary.
Many three-year-olds are learning about school for the first time. Our Threes curriculum is designed to allow three-year-olds to learn about school culture in a developmentally appropriate environment. Children grow through hands-on exploration and play, music and movement, and free play with their peers.
Zoo-phonics is our phonics program and focuses on the lowercase letters, both sound articulation and letter identification. See zoo-phonics.com for more information. Children will also practice age-appropriate handwriting skills as well as color and shape identification, number identification (out of sequence) to 10, counting, sorting, matching, and patterns. Children will be exposed to science activities that introduce them to exploring God's creation. Students also benefit from library classes and gym classes each week, and the Three-Day Threes attend music class each week.
Our Preschool curriculum is designed to prepare children for the physical, social, emotional, and academic skills needed for a successful transition to kindergarten.
Our phonics program is based on Zoo-phonics, where the primary focus is articulating lowercase letter sounds first and then letter identification second. Capital letters are matched with the lowercase counterpart towards the end of the school year. See Zoo-phonics.com for more information. Children will practice age-appropriate handwriting skills with the goal of writing their full name by the end of the year. Other skills include refining color and shape identification, number identification (out of sequence) to number 10, counting, sorting, patterns, and sequencing. Children will also be exposed to many STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) learning opportunities as well.
Children also benefit from library classes, music classes and gym classes each week. From New Year's to Spring Break, a special gross motor curriculum is used during gym time.
Preschool Plus allows a child to attend three FULL days of preschool. Children attend their standard preschool class for half the day and then the preschool plus class the other half of the day. Lessons reflect the same curriculum as all other Pre-K classes in order to reinforce and enrich what is being learned in the standard classroom.