St. Joseph Catholic School offers Preschool for three and four-year-olds. The curriculum is designed to be fun and engaging while preparing children for success in Kindergarten. We follow the Diocese of Joliet early childhood curriculum guidelines. In addition, we aim to meet the Illinois Early Learning Standards benchmarks in all subject areas. Curriculum supports the fact that children learn through play. Providing opportunities for exploring and discovering through hands-on activities is an important part of the learning process. Both teacher-directed and child-initiated activities are used to cover all areas of development.
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Preschool for 3s and 4s
- Two classrooms lead by Mrs. Kuper and Mrs. Aldridge, along with aides for each classroom
- Features two morning classrooms for 3 and 4 year olds
- Pre-K3 – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00-11:00 am
- Pre-K4 – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00-11:00 am
- Curbside drop-off and pick-up service is available for your convenience
- Tuition is reasonably priced compared to other schools in the area
- Parent welcome spaghetti supper
- Halloween parade
- Christmas social
- Valentine’s party
- Easter celebration
- Visits to St. Joseph School classrooms and library
- Visit to Church and Chapel
- Presentations from Community Helpers
- End-of-year picnic
There are no uniforms for preschool students; children wear school-appropriate attire (no sandals, no crocs).
Religion lessons help the children discover God, our loving Father. We learn to appreciate all he has given us and how to be thankful. Jesus is introduced as a friend and someone we can talk to anytime. We learn Jesus loves all people, and did many wonderful things during his lifetime. Prayer services led by the teacher expand on lessons and celebrate holidays, holy days and liturgical seasons. Both classes use an early childhood religion program published by Our Sunday Visitor. Lessons involve songs, activity sheets, Bible stories and prayer.
Language art skills are incorporated into all areas of learning throughout the day. Children develop listening skills through the use of stories, poetry and rhymes, games and following directions to complete a task. Speaking skills are practiced through Show and Tell, dramatic play, interacting with peers, and sharing experiences at group time. Daily story time led by the teacher helps develop a love of literature and provides a chance to introduce pre-reading skills.
Pre-K4 uses the Rowland Reading Program, Happily Ever After. Pre-reading skills are taught in each unit and introduce concepts needed to become successful readers. Skills covered are print awareness, left to right tracking, letter recognition, comprehension, listening, visual development and fine motor skills. Some of the concepts taught are same and different; top, middle and bottom; across, over and under; top, middle and bottom; left and right, long and short; wide and thin. As children complete the activity pages, they practice understanding and following directions.
Through use of manipulatives, games and activities, the children are able to use critical thinking skills, solve problems and reason to understand math concepts. Counting, sorting, making patterns, estimating, measuring, comparing objects and number recognition are some of the concepts learned.
We take a hands-on approach to science by letting the children’s natural curiosity teach them about the world around us. The children make observations, discover how things work, and see cause and effect relationships. Some concepts learned are volume, balance, life cycles and physical properties of matter. Our science curriculum is supplemented by literature, art projects and cooking activities.
Large and small muscle development is addressed in the program. Gross motor skills are improved through games, play, creative movement and use of gross motor equipment. The Fine Motor Center provides children with opportunities to do puzzles, play games and use manipulatives. While working at the Writing Center, the children are able to practice proper pencil grip and use of scissors.
Art and Music
The arts give the children an opportunity to express themselves. Various media used in open-ended art projects allows for individual creativity. Music is used to teach concepts, enhance religion lessons, and provide opportunities for creative movement and calming. It allows the children to sing with a group and learn words and melodies.
Students learn social skills necessary to get along with their peers and function in a classroom setting. Sharing, taking turns, caring for materials, cooperating with others, following directions, and communicating effectively are skills emphasized throughout the day.
For more information or to schedule your personal tour, please call 630-969-4306.