Pre-K Program – Early Learning Center

Young children are avid investigators, eager to explore and invent. Spend an hour with a Pre-K student and you will field an astounding array of questions, as their own natural curiosity leads them towards inquiry. “How can we all get a fair share of  these cookies?” “How can I make my block tower tall—but not fall over?” “How can a stick float on top of a puddle?”

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St. Monica Early Learning Center

We are a child-directed program that gives our students 3 hours of free play time each day (2 indoor and 1 outdoor) to explore their interests, stretch their imaginations, make peer connections, practice negotiating and teamwork and exercise fine and gross motor muscles. We also have several academic periods throughout the day to give our students ample opportunities to explore early reading, writing, science, math, and art concepts. We believe this balance between active, free exploration and teacher-led academics allows our students to develop a love of school, curiosity for learning, and academic drive that will reach way beyond preschool.

PreK Frequently Asked Questions
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level One & Two

We offer CGS Level One & Two to St. Monica PreK through Second Grade students during the Atrium school day. The atrium is a room prepared for the children in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  It is a place of prayer, work, and community.  In the atrium, Jesus is the teacher.  The role of the catechist is to listen to God with the children. Our Atrium is located next to the school library at our main school entrance.

​During an atrium session, the catechist and the child engage in biblical and liturgical presentations.  The child then works with carefully produced materials. This “hands-on” experience invites the child to contemplate, enjoy God’s presence, and respond to his love.

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St. Monica Catholic School Early Learning Center will start accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year on December 1st.

  • Drop-off is between 8:00-8:15 AM. We have a check-in station positioned outside the classroom door.
  • To make drop-off predictable and structured for our youngest students, the classroom teachers will escort the students into the classroom. Parents say goodbye at the door.
  • Children MUST be toilet trained. They need to be able to undress, get on and off the toilet, wipe themselves, redress, and wash their hands. Students who have frequent accidents will be asked to stay at home until fully independent in the above areas.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are in each classroom to be used between washes. Handwashing with soap and water is scheduled throughout the day, upon arrival, before snack, lunch, recess, nap, and before going home.
  • Students will bring snacks and lunch from home. Please pack full lunch boxes! They will have the option to eat at 10, 12, and 3:20. There is a hot lunch program option.
  • Quiet time mats will be head-to-toe and 2-3 feet apart. All students rest for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Toys will be cleaned and sanitized at the end of each day.

Our preschool program is in the Early Learning Center, located next to the primary K-8 school. Inside our sizeable window-filled building, we have two classrooms; one for students ages 3 and 4 and the second room for students ages 4 and 5. Classroom placement depends on the child’s birth date and social development.

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Early Learning Center

Front Entrance

Rainbow Classroom

Sunshine Classroom

Playground

Playground

 

PreK FAQ

 

 

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