Early Childhood Program

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    Saint Joseph School is pleased to offer a quality Pre-Kindergarten program that provides an enriching introduction to learning. We understand that children need to know that God loves them and created them as unique, special individuals.  Our program helps children to build self-esteem and self-confidence, fosters curiosity and creative expression, and teaches children to relate to new adults and cooperate with other children. Through a blend of developmentally appropriate and school readiness activities, children in Pre-School/Pre-Kindergarden Program will gain the required skills necessary for Kindergarten.

    Mission:

    The Mission of the Saint Joseph School Early Childhood Program is to produce children with basic skills in learning in a nurturing, safe and loving environment based on the principles and philosophy of faith formation of the catholic church. 

    Our program includes the following highlights:

    • Small Teacher/Child Ratio 
    • Catholic Faith Development
    • Owl Program
    • Center based classroom  
    • Buddy Program 
    • Physical Education 
    • School Library Program 
    • Christmas Concert
    • Cultural Arts Programs
    • Music
    • Computer Class

    We are currently enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration forms may be downloaded from the website or by calling the office at (781) 245-0796 or (781) 245-2081 or you can email us at earlychildhoodprogram@stjosephschoolwakefield.org

    All Programs run on the school year calendar September - June. Our summer program runs separately from June - August.

    Half Day Programs:

    • 3 year old (2 days/week)
      • Must be 3 years old by 12/01/18
      • Days: Tuesday/Thursday
      • Hours: 8:15am - 12:30pm
    •  4 year old (3 days/week) 
      • Must be 4 years old by 12/31/18
      • Days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
      • Hours: 8:15am - 12:30pm

    School Day Program: (Options to choose 2, 3 or 4 days if available)

    •  4 year old (5 days/week) School Day
      • Must be 4 years old by 12/31/18
      • Days: Monday thru Fridays
      • Hours: 7:30am -2:30pm
    •  3 year old (5 days/week) School Day
      • Must be 3 years old by 12/01/18
      • Days: Mondays thru Fridays
      • Hours: 7:30am - 2:30pm
      • After School Program available from 2:30PM - 6:00pm Mondays-Fridays

     Early Childhood Summer Program (separate payment for June thru August):

    • 3 and 4 year olds
      • Days: Monday thru Friday
      • Hours: 7:30am - 6:00pm  

     

    PROGRAM CURRICULUM:

    Religion

    The children are currently using the program I AM Special (5th edition) by Joan Ensor Plum and Paul S Plum. The program is designed to increase their knowledge about God and friendship with Jesus in addition to developing positive attitudes about themselves, their family and friends. The use of stories, songs, finger plays games prayers and art projects enhance the experience of gaining knowledge of their Catholic faith. 

    Literacy

    The literacy program includes:

    • Exposure to the alphabet including names and sounds
    • Recognizing and writing first name
    • Retelling stories
    • Building vocabulary
    • Introducing sight words
    • Sequencing
    • Building listening skills
    • Drawing pictures and dictating sentences about experiences
    • Answering questions about stories
    • Repeating simple finger-plays and rhymes

    Math Readiness

    Math readiness explores recognition of colors, shapes, patterns and numbers 1 to 20. The children learn one-to-one correspondence, sorting, matching, counting, sequencing and spatial relationships. The program introduces time and money through games and pretend play.

    Social Development

    Social development concentrates on:

    • Communication on needs
    • Practice at problem-solving
    • Working in groups 

    Specialists

    Pre-Kindergarten students also participate in a Library Program, Computers, Gym and Music classes, as well as a Buddy Program.

    For more information about our Saint Joseph School Early Childhood Program Pre-Kindergarten Program or to schedule a tour, please call us at (78) 245-0796 or email us at earlychildhood@stjosephschoolwakefield.org.