Curriculum

The ICD Parish Preschool believes each child is a special individual. Our curriculum is designed for young children, ages three through five years old. Each child will progress at a rate that is specific to his/her own needs. We believe children learn best through play and we provide opportunities that will foster this by meeting each child’s spiritual, academic and social needs.

Faith Formation: Each child will show an awareness of Catholic faith by…

  • Learning the sign of the cross
  • Learning basic prayers such as Hail Mary and The Prayer Before Meals
  • Reciting daily prayers
  • Introducing Bible stories
  • Participating in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Social/Emotional Formation: Each child will be encouraged to…

  • Express feelings & ideas appropriately
  • Increase knowledge of positive conflict resolution
  • Interact appropriately with familiar peers and adults
  • Take care of classroom materials
  • Utilize manners
  • Take care of personal/self-help skills
  • Increase problem solving skills

Language/Literacy Formation: Each child will be introduced to…

  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Letters (upper/lower case/beginning sounds)
  • Recognizing first name in print
  • Spelling first name with/without visual cues
  • Retelling stories read aloud
  • Making personal connections to stories read aloud
  • Sequencing
  • Writing using scribbles, dictation, words and pictures
  • A variety of literature
  • Matching
  • Comparing
  • Group discussions
  • Positional words

Mathematical Formation: Each child will be introduced to…

  • Growing With Math
  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Counting 1-20
  • Number recognition 1-10
  • One to one correspondence
  • Sorting
  • Patterning
  • Matching
  • Problem solving
  • Comparison (bigger/smaller, short/tall, etc.)

Art/Sensory Formation: Each child will be introduced to…

  • Daily art activities
  • A variety of art mediums
  • Messy play (play-doh, shaving cream, etc.)

Fine Motor Formation:  Each child will be introduced to…

  • Daily activities that will strengthen small hand muscles and help develop hand-eye coordination
  • Proper way to hold scissors; cutting activities
  • Proper way to hold writing tools
  • Copying/tracing/writing own first name
  • Puzzles and other manipulatives
  • Scribbling/writing/drawing letters, numbers, words, shapes, pictures

Gross Motor Formation: Each child will be introduced to…

  • Daily movement that will strengthen large muscles
  • Throwing/catching/bouncing a variety of sizes of balls
  • Climbing stairs
  • Running, skipping, hopping, galloping

Creative Movement: Each child will be introduced to…

  • Daily music
  • Finger plays
  • Rhymes
  • Group games

Science/Social Studies: Each child will be introduced to…

  • Cause and effect
  • Encouraging observation & investigation of the natural world
  • Weather effects on living things
  • Family traditions
  • Health & safety