St. Thomas More offers a 5 day Pre-Kindergarten Program for children who will be age 4 by January 31. Instruction in Pre-K is focused on learning through play with a variety of center activities for hands on learning around the classroom for children to engage in while the teacher is instructing small groups. The classroom aide works with groups of children on craft projects connected to the weekly themes followed during the Pre-K year.
- 5 day program with 3 dismissal options - 12:45, 3:15 or 6pm
- Philosophy of learning through play in small group hands-on center based activities
- Full time teacher and aide in classroom
- Two to three recesses per day
- Instructional materials include Writing our Catholic Faith, Words Their Way for Emergent Readers, Scholastic and Seeds Magazine
Art, Spanish, Library Skills, Technology, Physical Education, Music
While the Pre-Kindergarten at St. Thomas More Cathedral School is academic in nature, the philosophy espoused by our program is that of St. Thomas More, our patron; “Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities – that’s training or instruction – but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed.”
The Pre-Kindergarten year is a time for children to experience school, many for the first time, where they discover how to function successfully in a structured environment and develop new friendships with teachers and classmates in addition to learning many academic concepts as they soak up everything around them.
Being connected to the Cathedral they are blessed to have the parochial vicar visit the classroom every other week, another role model as they develop their Catholic identity.
By they end of your child’s year in Pre-Kindergarten they will have gained many friendships, developed emotionally and socially, expanded their physical gross and fine motor skills, widened their background knowledge on a variety of subjects, learned that they are a child of God who is loved unconditionally by the Father, and developed many pre-reading skills that will set them up for success with beginning reading in Kindergarten!