Three-Year-Old (PK3) Program
The Pre-K Three Year-Old Program at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School was established in 2009. The half and full day programs are structured to allow the children to grow socially and academically and prepare them for the Pre-K program.
A full-time teacher and full-time assistant are on staff at all times in the classroom. The morning routine consists of both large and small group work and developmentally appropriate learning centers for free choice activities. The curriculum includes Bible stories, math, language arts, science, computer, art, music, library story time and daily activities to enhance social development. Large motor skills are developed with visits to the playground at Southland Park (weather permitting), music with motions, outside walks and open gym times.
A daily mid- morning snack is provided each day by the pre-school program. Full day students may either purchase a cafeteria lunch or bring lunch from home. Snack is served in the classroom and students eat lunch in the cafeteria. All food served is peanut free and in compliance with state rules and regulations.
To promote Catholic identity, children attend family masses and sometimes have scheduled visits by our parish priests.
Hours for the half-day class are 7:50-11:00 am Monday through Friday. Children are to be walked into the building each morning and dropped off at the classroom door. As per state regulations, students must be signed in daily by their caregiver, and will not be permitted to be dropped off by siblings.
Pick-up for half-day students is outside the front doors at 11:00 am. For afternoon dismissal, caregivers pick-up children inside at the doors by the Mary statue. No child is dismissed alone or with a sibling.
Children applying for the three-year-old program must be three by October 1st of the year they are enrolling and must be toilet-trained.
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Pre-Kindergarten (PK4) Program
Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School is proud to offer an educational, stimulating Early Childhood Pre-Kindergarten Program for four year-old children. Our Pre-K program, which began in 2005, includes an experienced, certified staff of Early Childhood teachers and trained instructional assistants. The program complies with federal and state guidelines. The facility includes state of the art classrooms designed to meet all requirements for this age group. Classrooms are filled with a multitude of age appropriate materials designed to help children learn in a developmentally appropriate manner.
Our Pre-K offers both full day and half-day sessions. The full day session extends from 8am to 2:50pm, with drop-off as early as 7:30am. (After-School Care is available to the full day students until 6pm for an additional cost.) The half-day session extends from 8am-11:00am. There is not a uniform policy for Pre-K students. A child is eligible to enroll if they are four years old by October 1st of the year they are entering the program.
A developmentally appropriate Pre-K program addresses the social, emotional, and academic needs. In the Mary Queen program, Montessori-type materials are used to promote hands-on activities that will enhance learning in a developmentally appropriate manner. Students will have the opportunity to explore all subject areas taught in kindergarten. These subject areas include: math, reading readiness, science, social studies and religion. Students also participate in classes for art, physical education, computer and music.
In our Pre-K program, time is devoted daily to prayer and bible stories in an effort to reinforce our Catholic beliefs. Children work with colors, shapes, numbers and letter sounds. Social skills are a priority, and include learning to work independently, cooperatively with others, and in small groups. Daily exercise is incorporated to help develop large motor skills. Fine motor skill development is facilitated though the use of manipulative materials. Students learn science and social studies concepts by exploring the environment and world around them. Children are read to daily and reading readiness skills are addressed to prepare them for reading. Children are encouraged to retell stories through dramatic play. Learning to count, read a calendar, and introduction to the concept of numbers are all part of the Everyday Math curriculum used throughout the elementary school. Speech services are available to students based on need.
A successful early childhood program should take advantage of the optimal learning period evident at this age group and expose these young children to a rich environment in which they can thrive. Our goal is for learning to take place naturally and at a developmentally appropriate rate. This program will be a positive beginning in your child’s school career.
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