EC4 Curriculum

The St. Bernard Early Childhood curriculum for 4-year-olds is centered on kindergarten readiness which encompasses concepts, skills and social development. Specifically, teachers plan age-appropriate and active lessons in the classroom to include the following:Social Growth

  • Experiences in group and center activities to promote cooperation, friendly play, sharing, and taking turns.
  • Drama and make believe play to encourage positive communication and role playing
  • Social studies concepts to develop positive ideas of self and community
  • Christian themes to foster kindness, manners and care towards others; and to celebrate our Christian beliefs and traditions.
  • Circle time activities to promote independence, attention and participation in conversations.
  • Interaction with adults to assist in conflict resolution and appropriate communication.

Cognitive Growth/Emerging Literacy

  • Discovery based centers (science, puzzle, math, blocks, drama, library, art, writing and play dough) to promote inquiry, exploration, problem solving, and discovery using their senses.
  • Comparing, classifying, sorting of objects by characteristics such as size, color and details.
  • Simple patterning and sequencing; creating and extending patterns with manipulative object.
  • Calendar time to practice counting, passage of time, number recognition, days of the week and months of the year.
  • Teacher directed centers to build specific skills in numbers, alphabet and phonemic awareness
  • Daily read aloud stories, finger plays and songs to promote book awareness, print/picture concepts, rhyming, vocabulary
  • development, responding to a story, reading for enjoyment and listening skills.
  • Speaking opportunities such as sharing time to practice effective speech.
  • Opportunities to practice writing letters, numbers, shapes and figures.
  • Interaction with adults to encourage talking about events and people for self-expression of thoughts, wants, needs and ideas.
  • An introduction to the Spanish language with basic vocabulary such as numbers and colors.

Motor Development

  • Activities and centers to promote fine motor skills such as holding writing tools, painting scissors, puzzles, play dough, lacing and blocks
  • Outdoor and classroom movement and music activities to develop large motor skills in hopping, jumping, running, ball handling, climbing, balance and self-expression