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.
- 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