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Early Childhood

 


The Early Childhood program at Holy Name of Jesus School consists of Pre-Kindergarten 3, Pre-Kindergarten 4, and Kindergarten. Seeped in tradition, the children are nourished and educated in a loving environment.  All instruction is geared towards the unique nature of the child and his/her ability and potential. Much emphasis is placed upon encouraging creativity, discovery, and collaboration.

 
 

Pre-Kindergarten 3
The Pre-Kindergarten 3 curriculum is theme-based to incoporate all subject areas while at the same time fostering a love of learning and school readiness skills. The students engage in centers, role-play, music, art, games, manipulatives, and activities to develop independence, enhance motor skills, encourage creative thinking, and promote cooperation with others.

Pre-Kindergarten 4

Religion: The primary focus of Early Childhood Religion is to assist children in developing a positive self-concept that God has made each child very special. It provides learning experiences based on a child's level of understanding and ability to participate. All religious holidays are discussed and celebrated. Prayers are taught and said every morning, before lunch, and at dismissal. Early Childhood students attend a Liturgy of the Word service at Holy Name of Jesus Church. This service is specially designed for young children. On the first Wednesday of each month, all students (PK3-7) will attend mass together. 

Language Arts: The Land of the Letter People's DIG program is a comprehensive program that has an integrated approach grounded in real-world contexts engaging chidlren's natural curiosity and gives learning a clear and meaningful purpose. DIG incorporates intentional and robust language learning activities into each day of instruction. It focuses on developing Alphabet Knowledge, Oral Language, Emergent Reading, Phonological Awareness, Emergent Writing, and Large and Small Motor skills. Themes are centered around key science, health, and social studies concepts, with weekly focus questions for inquiry-based exploration and learning.

Math: DIG's early childhood math instruction comes packed with developmentally appropriate concepts and skills, centered around an intentional squence of spiraling instruction and review.  Daily whole group and small group lessons model math concepts and provide ample opportunities for targeted practice and independent exploration. 

Science/Social Studies: Themes are centered around key science, health, and social studies concepts, with weekly focus questions for inquiry-based exploration and learning.

Handwriting: The Handwriting Without Tears program is used to help students develop the important skills they need to print words and sentences. This program incorporates hands-on activities and multisensory teaching strategies that build good handwriting habits early. The students will be engaged with music, movement, fine motor activities, and child friendly language. 

Kindergarten

Religion: The primary focus of Early Childhood Religion is to assist children in developing a positive self-concept that God has made each child very special. It provides learning experiences based on a child's level of understanding and ability to participate. All religious holidays are discussed and celebrated. Prayers are taught and said every morning, before lunch, and at dismissal. Early Childhood students attend a Liturgy of the Word service at Holy Name of Jesus Church. This service is specially designed for young children. On the first Wednesday of each month, all students (PK3-7) will attend mass together. 

Language Arts: The Land of the Letter People is a comprehensive thematically organized program focusing on phonemic awareness and phonics, personal and social development and conflict resolution. The program features colorful puppet characters which introduce each letter of the alphabet, helping students recognize their looks and sounds. There are also big books, pre-decodable and decodable books, and trade books. Literacy instruction is further enhanced through the use of poetry and writing journals. Students are encouraged to express their ideas using words and pictures. 

Math: The math curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning and has a creative engaging approach to math instruction. Kindergarten uses he Saxon Math program coupled with manipulatives and center-based learning. 

Science/ Social Studies: Instruction is approached through a variety of resources and activities. Using literature, technology, and available community resources, children learn their roles and responsibilities, particulary in relation to social and civic affairs. Concepts explored include family, community, government and leaders, maps and globes. Students are introduced to the world of science through observation, exploration and hands-on experimentation, encouraging them to be curious about the world around them. Topics cover a variety of earth, life and physical sciences including concepts such as living or nonliving things, sinking and floating, the five senses, day and night, motion, magnetics, food groups, and seeds and plants. 

Handwriting: The Handwriting Without Tears program is used to help students develop the important skills they need to print words and sentences. This program incorporates hands-on activities and multisensory teaching strategies that build good handwriting habits early. The students will be engaged with music, movement, fine motor activities, and child friendly language. 

Enrichment Classes

Art: In-class are projects art created with the classroom teacher.  Each child's inner artist in exposed through creative means. All classes are meant to be fun and creative stressing the fact that art is not perfect! 

Spanish:  The main objective of the class is to familarize the children with a foreign language. The students play games and engage in different activities in the target language. 

Computer: The Kindergarten students attend computer class once every six days. Each student has his/her own computer in the lab. Students will develop a natural comfort and sense of confidence using technology. The curriculum includes educational games that cover a full year of reading, math, language, science, and creative arts. 

Library: All students attend Library.  The students will be introduced to the Library while fostering their love of books and reading. They will check out books at each Library visit. 

Music: All students attend class once every six days. Music is also used in the classroom to facilitate learning, encourage self-expression and to complement weekly units. 

Physical Education:  They learn competency in many movement forms as well as personal and social behavior expectations in physical activity settings.