Early Childhood Program Mission
St. Margaret Mary Catholic School Pre-Kinder and Kindergarten Programs provide children with a rich, diverse learning, and spiritual experience for their early school beginnings. The School’s programs provide opportunities for children to start building connections and achieve knowledge and skills. The goal is to foster a positive self-concept, encourage social and emotional development, work on promoting curiosity and problem-solving skills, and provide opportunities to extend the learning of basic skills and concepts.
A “problem-solving” guidance program is used within the early childhood programs. This is a balanced child-centered philosophy that addresses the developmental needs of the children.
The three-year-olds begin learning as they are introduced to these units. The four-year-olds build and extend knowledge using these topics. The kindergarten students incorporate these units into a more formal exploration of skills.
Center Based Learning
Centers provide opportunities for students to learn through observing, interacting with people and real objects, seeking solutions to problems, explore basic language, math and science concepts, and create opportunities to develop social and language skills.
Hands-on learning requires students to be active participants in the learning process. Children learn as they explore and experiment with materials and equipment in the classroom centers.
Workshop and Group Activities
Planned small and large group activities and workshop activities provide children opportunities to work on fine motor skills, number, letter, and word recognition and formation, cooperation, listening skills, and positive social interactions.