Your child will be grouped by ‘learning’ ages as follows:
Itty-Bittys: Ages 3 to 12 months
Toddlers: Ages 12 to 24 months
Preschool: Ages 2 to 3.5 years
Pre-K: Ages 3.5 to 4 years
Kindergarten: Age 5 by Sept 1
Saint Miriam School is dedicated to giving your child an opportunity to explore, to play, to learn and to thrive in a safe and caring school environment. Children of all ages will participate in developmentally appropriate physical and hands-on activities to round out their day and build self-confidence and encourage and support their creativity. In our Preschool, Pre-K and K classes academic achievement and school readiness are our ultimate goals with a focus on building a solid foundation in Math, English, Technology and the Arts.
Preschool focuses primarily on the emergence of letter and number recognition with regards to writing skills as well. We evaluate our students in the beginning of the year and set small milestones to allow each child to gain confidence while learning. Creative expression in science and art are cultivated in small group activities; this allows each child to begin to express what their thoughts with guided questions from our teachers.
Social and emotional development is critical in the Preschool and Pre-K setting. Our class utilizes center bases activities such as puzzles, games, building blocks, Legos and dramatic play as a way to encourage, engage and teach our children how to interact with one another. Our class teacher/student ratios are low to allow every child the best ability to reach their full potential.
Music, movement, physical activities, and play are essential parts of how we teach and engage the children throughout the day. From our morning circle time meeting, to our projects, and our favorite books, the children are extremely active and happy throughout the day!
At the end of the school year, our goal is to increase/improve letter recognition, number recognition from 1-20, emergent/beginning writing skills, have a great base of social skills for the classroom, and have confidence in being creative in science, art and music.
Infant Daily Schedule
Infant schedules are flexible and adjusted per the parents’ request. This daily schedule is designed to enrich the infant’s developmental skills and prepare them to move on to the next stage of development. We ask that each parent provides a daily schedule for their child and include information like feeding and napping schedule, any health conditions, likes and dislikes and favorite songs and/or books.
Daily Schedule for Infants:
- 8:00-9:00 – Breakfast/Bottles and Diaper Changes for Early Drop Off
- 9:00-10:30 – Welcome … Morning welcome activity and Playtime*
- 10:30-11:00 – Morning Snack/Bottles as needed
- 11:00-12:00 – Morning Naps as needed and/or Playtime*
- 12:00-1:00 – Lunch/Bottles and Diaper changes
- 1:00-3:00 – Afternoon Naps as needed and/or Playtime*
- 3:00 – Standard Pick-Up Lunch – Bottles
- 3:00-5:30 – Extended Day – Playtime
*Playtime includes both indoor and outdoor play as well as quite activities like story time. Our staff is trained in the delivery of developmentally appropriate sensory, cognitive and physical (both fine and gross motor skills) development activities for infants through Kindergarten.
Daily Schedule for Exploring Toddlers
Toddlers – the original Explorers at Saint Miriam! Our Exploring Toddlers learn best where they can discover their strengths and likes with freedom and independence. Our staff is trained to support and guide our Exploring Toddlers as they learn and grow at their own pace. Cognitive, social and communication skills develop significantly at this age and exposure to music, dance/movement, art, story-telling, alphabet and counting enhance this development tremendously. At Saint Miriam School your child’s involvement in these activities will encourage independence, build self-confidence and strengthen both fine and gross motor skills for a well-rounded preschool experience!
Daily Schedule for Exploring Toddlers:
- 8:00-9:00 – Breakfast and hand washing for Early Drop Off
- 9:00-10:00 – Welcome … Morning circle time, language arts & story time
- 10:00-10:20 – Morning Snack
- 10:20-10:30 – Diaper/Pull-Up changes and/or Potty Time
- 10:30-11:15 – Circle time and choice activities
- 11:15-12:00 – Outside play
- 12:00 – Morning Pick-Up
- 12:00-1:00 – Exploring Toddler Lunch Bunch
- 1:00-3:00 – Nap and/or choice quite time activity
- 2:30-2:45 – Diaper/Pull-Up changes and/or Potty Time
- 3:00 – Afternoon Pick-Up
- 3:00-3:20 – Afternoon Snack
- 3:20-4:00 – Story Time or Finger Play
- 4:00-4:30 – Table Activities
- 4:30-5:00 – Diaper/Pull-Up Change, Potty Time, Carpet Activities & Goodbyes for the day
Preschool and PreK
In our In our Preschool and PreK Programs at Saint Miriam School, our students experience project-based learning through various science experiments with real world exploration. Along with Art and Music projects, our children actively learn, comprehend, and then express themselves as to what they have learned. When you leave PreK, your child will be able to read sight words and correctly place them in sentences. They will know how to write their first and last names using upper and lower-case letters. Lastly, but just as important, they will be able to do simple math problems and write their numbers from 1-20 and word and numerical forms. Kindergarten will be excited to have them the following September!
Full Day Kindergarten and school aged students a Saint Miriam School will follow the Next Generation Science Standards, a multi-state effort in the United States to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.” Qualified teachers will help prepare your child in S.T.E.M. based subjects. Through scientific inquiry and experimentation, children will be challenged to understand HOW and WHY science, engineering and technology work, and HOW STEM is part of our day to day activities from a plate that you eat from to the car you drive.
Saint Miriam School prides itself on this unique approach to teaching your child while still young. We understand every child learns differently, so we incorporate different approaches into our teaching. Our curriculum is very hands-on, so our students learn while doing. We believe in our students reaching their full potential and moving at a speed that encourages learning. Our students are exposed to many different topics and activities such as our S.T.E.A.M theme of the month, robotics, computer programming, chess, karate, yoga, and much more!