Overview

PHILOSOPHY

Our Lady of Mount Carmel PreKindergarten views children as unique individuals deeply loved by their parents and by God, who have been entrusted to our care. The children are guided to develop a sense of self-esteem and confidence in their abilities and to view themselves and every other child as capable individuals.

A developmentally appropriate curriculum fosters the child’s growth in all areas: spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical. Our program aims to be responsive to individual abilities and needs while also challenging the child’s interest and understanding. Classroom environments are child-centered and offer active exploration with materials and interaction with other children and adults.

The family is viewed as an integral part of our school community and interaction between parents, teachers and administrators is considered an essential element.

 

PROGRAM

The PreK program fosters growth and development through structured activities, group and independent work, and purposeful play. The children are instructed as a whole group, then as individuals, to meet the diverse needs of each student. Students enjoy instruction in Math, Reading, Religion, Art, Music, Library, Physical Education, and Spanish.
Class size is limited and the program is staffed with a full-time teacher and a full-time aide. The PreK program consists of five half-day or five full-day classes. Formative religious experiences permeate all aspects of the program. These include: daily prayer, Bible stories, religious songs and celebrations of the liturgical seasons.