Preschool is the first step towards a successful academic career and Notre Dame Early Learning Center program provides developmentally appropriate full and half day preschool classes for 3 and 4 year old children.   Classes are offered in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children while responding to the needs of families. Activities are designed to develop children’s self-esteem, create positive feelings toward learning, and prepare children for success in later grades. The learning activities are designed to build early literacy and math skills and are responsive to the needs of each child. We welcome your family to be a part of our community!

Three Year Old Preschool Program:

WHAT A DAY IN PRESCHOOL MIGHT LOOK LIKE

The Archdiocesan curriculum and Notre Dame Catholic School address the following educational areas in a developmentally appropriate way:

  • Religion – introduction to Jesus, the Church, prayers, bible stories
  • Art – drawing, cutting, coloring, painting
  • Literacy – language development, reading readiness, letters
  • Math – number identification, counting, patterning, shapes
  • Health, Safety and Physical education – fine and large motor skills
    Science – plants, animals, seasons, weather
  • Social Studies – geography, history citizenship
  • Social Skills – learning to be a friend, learning appropriate school behavior and learning to enjoy the environment and care for it, as well as respect it as their own.

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A child must be three (3) years old by October 1st and potty trained to join this class. You may choose to have your child participate from two to five days from 8:00-11:10 a.m., or a full day program from 7:00-6:00 p.m.

The main emphasis for the three year old program is social development. Opportunities for the child’s growth and development are provided to:

  • Allow the child to feel positive and secure in an environment away from home.
  • Assist the child in communication skills, relationships with others and cooperative play in a Christian community.
  • Introduce a developmentally appropriate variety of preschool skills such as counting numbers to ten, shapes, colors, first name recognition, glue and scissor use.
  • Allow the child to develop at their individual pace of learning.

Please see Tuition and Registration information on the menu for this class.

 

Four Year Old Pre-kindergarten Program

WHAT A DAY IN PRE-KINDERGARTEN MIGHT LOOK LIKE

The Archdiocesan curriculum and Notre Dame Catholic School address the following educational areas in a developmentally appropriate way:

  • Arrival – greeting, sign-in, nametag, teacher selected activities, and visit quietly with friends
  • Start of Class – welcome, prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, group discussion, song/story, discuss plan for the day
  • Centers – children make decisions about work they will do (learning through play). Math manipulatives, Science Discover, Social Studies, Arts and Crafts, Dramatic Play, Block building
  • Snack – wash hands, prayer, clean up tables
  • Outdoor/Indoor Activity Time – large motor activities, social development
  • Teacher directed activities – Religion, language development, show & tell, story, discussion, hands-on learning
  • Music, stories, review of class session
  • Dismissal of Half-Day Students
  • Full Day Pre-kindergarten Continues
  • Lunch and indoor/outdoor activities
  • Rest Time
  • Wake-up and Snack, classroom activities
  • 3:00 pm begins after school care – Outdoor/indoor activities including: stories, dramatic play, arts/crafts, puzzles, manipulatives and group games

To enter this class the child must be four years old by October 1st of that school year. You may choose to have your child participate from 3 to 5 days. Classes offered are half day 8:00 a.m. to 11:10 or full days 7:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The emphasis for the four year old preschool program continues to focus on the value of social skills with the introduction of developmentally appropriate Kindergarten readiness skills. Opportunities for the child's growth and development are provided to: 

  • Continue the development of communication and social skills.
  • Continue recognition of numbers one to ten, and introduce alphabet recognition.
  • Practice individual and cooperative responsibility within the classroom and self-help skills; and the use of appropriate manners.
  • Learn to work together, share with others, and live cooperatively in the world and Christian community.
  • Foster and promote a positive attitude towards learning.
  • Allow each child to develop at their individual pace of learning.

Please see Tuition and Registration information on the menu for this class.