All of our programs use the Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood. Based on a firm foundation of research, its underlying philosophy draws on Jean Piaget's work on cognitive development, Erik Erikson's stages of socio-emotional development, and accepted theories of how children learn best. It is an evironmentally based program focused on content areas that include:
The Creative Curriculum approach balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children's learning styles and building on their strengths and interests.
We also use the Handwriting Without Tears program to help children develop skills necessary for handwriting. It is a hands-on approach that is play-based, allowing children to develop these skills at a pace that's age appropriate.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to the religious education of children with presentations based on the Bible and liturgy. This approach to nurturing the faith life of children evolved from children themselves. It is based on the conviction that God and the child are already in a relationship; the task before us is to help the child deepen that relationship.
All preschool aged classes (3 -5) attend the Atrium (CGS) one day per week. An atrium is a carefully prepared environment where great truths about our faith are placed before the children to satisfy their spiritual needs in age-appropriate ways.
CGS is facilitated by catechists who receive 90+ hours of training before leading a class. A modified program is brought to the two and two and half year-old program’s classrooms. Age appropriate presentations, songs and materials are introduced to them in their own classroom environment. As the year progresses they may visit the Atrium to become familiar with the environment. Parents are welcome and encouraged to volunteer as CGS assistants for their child's classroom.