Please enjoy this video from one of our preschool teachers, Nancy Valentini, as she gives an overview of our preschool program.
We are now accepting applications for the 21-22 school year. Spots are limited and will be filled according to the order in which applications are received.
At St. Clare of Montefalco, your child will learn how to:
Write their first name
Recognize all 26 letters (capital and lowercase)
Recognize and name colors
Count to 20
Write numbers 1-10
Clap and count syllables
Read 10 sight words
Listen to a story and retell what is was about
Name 2-D shapes
Create and complete a pattern
Recognize letter sounds
Know my birthday and address
Identify the first sound of a word
Illustrate a picture and tell a story
Our preschool day begins at 8:00 am. Half-day students are dismissed at 11:20, and full-day students are dismissed at 3:20.
8:10 - 8:30 - Children arrive and prepare their things for the day
8:30 - 9:00 - Morning meeting with prayer, question of the day, and more
9:00 - 9:15 - Snack
9:15 - 10:15 - Center time and small group activities
10:15 - 11:00 - Whole-group music and movement time
11:00 - 11:20 - Story time
11:20 - Half-day dismissal
11:20 - 12:00 - Lunch
12:00 - 12:45 - Recess
12:45 - 1:15 - Whole-group activities
1:15 - 2:30 - Rest time
2:30 - 3:00 - Small group activities
3:00 - 3:20 - Prepare for dismissal
Preschool students are welcomed each morning by a friendly staff member, their temperatures checked, and their hands cleaned with hand sanitizer. After putting away their belongings, students select their jobs for the day, such as the flag holder, the line leader, or the weather reporter. Circle time happens next and children have the opportunity to answer the question of the day, review topics like the calendar and weather, and hear an overview of the lessons for the day. We use theme-based lessons to build background knowledge while children engage in activities to learn their letters, numbers, shapes and colors.
Individual and small group centers allow students to engage with each other and their teacher in a play-based way to learn in an interactive way. There are special learning opportunities through art projects, science experiments and observations, music, and religion. We are a Catholic preschool where our faith shines through in all we do. We pray every day, celebrate religious feast days, and teach our students that we are called to serve one another through service projects throughout the year.
In this year of a global pandemic, we have striven to keep our students and their families safe through purposeful and systematic hand washing schedules, classroom and classroom materials cleaning, the universal wearing of facemasks of all students and staff, and physically distancing our students as much as possible. Thanks to our PTO, we now have air purifiers in each classroom and we try to play outside every day. As case numbers rose and our school went to distance learning this fall, our preschoolers continued their learning from home with regular zoom classes, home based video posts and packets.
Please, come check us out! We would love to meet you!