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Early Childhood

Preschool Program Highlights

  • Children are immersed in a warm and loving environment where they experience a blended play-based and academic education
  • Provides curriculum that includes religion, early literacy, math, science, social studies, music and art
  • Builds pre-kindergarten and kindergarten readiness
  • Promotes student confidence, independence, and a LOVE of learning
  • Solid Catholic-centered focus
  • Balance between student free-choice and teacher-directed activity
  • Classes include instruction from our specialist teachers in technology, music, PE, and library.
  • Students in our Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Full Day participate in a variety of student enrichment units. Examples of past enrichment units include: cooking, drama, additional science units, etc.
  • Students in our Pre-Kindergarten Full Day program receive additional instruction from our art teacher and
  • Integration into the St. Brendan School community through specialist classes, reading buddies, cross-age school “families”, school assemblies, and Masses.

 

Philosophy

The staff at St. Brendan, along with parents, share the responsibility for teaching our students and preparing them for kindergarten.  Understanding that children are concrete learners, they have many opportunities to learn about their world through their senses and through play.  Children become engaged and confident learners by completing tasks with increasing independence. 

 

Spiritual Development

Our younger students learn that we are made in the image of God and that through our actions we demonstrate God’s love for us and others.  Through stories, activities and songs, children develop an awareness of God’s invitation to come to know Him and share in a loving relationship with Him.  Our pastor, Fr. Wichert, visits with our students regularly.  Out preschool attends monthly Mass and our pre-kindergarten students attend weekly Mass with the entire school community.

 

Preschool Morning Class

  • For children 3 years old by August 31st
  • Classes held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings when school is in session.
  • 8:30AM-11:30 AM
  • Before school care is available beginning at 7:30am (for an additional fee).
  • 1:10 teacher ratio

 

Preschool Full Day Class

  • For children 3 years old by August 31st
  • Classes held Monday-Friday when school is in session.
  • 8:30AM-3:00PM
  • Before school care is available beginning at 7am and after school care is available until 6pm (for an additional fee).
  • 1:8 teacher ratio

 

The preschool class is an introduction to a Catholic-based school and blends play-based learning with academics.  Children learn how to pray, share, listen to stories, follow directions, play with others, sing, create, and learn numbers and letters.  The preschool staff works closely with Pre-K teachers at St. Brendan to ensure student success and Pre-K readiness.

 

Pre-Kindergarten Morning Class

  • For children 4 years old by August 31st
  • Classes held Monday-Friday when school is in session
  • 8:30-11:30
  • Before school care is available beginning at 7:30am (for an additional fee).
  • 1:10 Teacher Ratio

 

Pre-Kindergarten Full Day Class

  • For children 4 years old by August 31st
  • Classes held Monday-Friday when school is in session
  • 8:30-3:00pm
  • Before school care is available beginning at 7:30am and after school care is available until 6pm (for an additional fee).
  • 1:10 Teacher Ratio

 

The pre-kindergarten program prepares students for our kindergarten class.  In our Pre-K program students continue to grow in faith, share, listen to stories, follow directions, play with others, sing, create, reinforce letters while adding letter sounds and early reading skills, and reinforce numbers while building on early math skills.   The staff works closely with our Kindergarten staff to ensure student growth and enjoyment of school.