PreK Program Overview
The St. Stephen's PreKindergarten program provides a nurturing environment that encourages children to view themselves as competent independent learners. We offer a developmentally appropriate program for 3 and 4 year olds focusing on the growth of the whole child: academically, spiritually, morally, and physically.
We understand each child is a unique person with an individual learning style. The curriculum for our PreK3s and PreK4s is experiential in nature and is delivered in whole group instruction and well-designed centers. Opportunities for developing readiness skills in language arts and mathematics, as well as in science and social studies, foster excitement in learning through individual and small group experiences. Technology is introduced through use of iPads in one of the learning centers. Three strands of the St. Stephen’s curriculum begin in PreK3 and extend through Second Grade and beyond – ZooPhonics, Handwriting Without Tears, and Everyday Mathematics. Ample time for indoor and outdoor play with appropriate early childhood equipment and with peers allows the children to develop a kind and loving attitude towards others. There is a commitment to outdoor learning opportunities, and arts and crafts projects enhance fine motor skills as well as a sense of accomplishment.
The weekly activities are enriched through experiences with specials teachers in studio art, music, spiritual formation, physical education (focused on gross motor development) and Spanish.