St. Mark’s Preschool PreK Class meets four days a week, Monday – Thursday, for 2 hours and 45 minutes. There is a daily option for PreK children to stay for an additional hour (the cost is $5/day for this extra hour). This is a great class to prepare children socially, emotionally, and academically for kindergarten. Our student to teacher ratio in PreK is 6:1.

Children engage in regular social play time, which, when paired with the Second Step Early Childhood curriculum, helps children to learn a variety of social and friendship skills. This class focuses on multiple letters each week (we cycle through the alphabet twice during the year). We use the Zoo-phonics curriculum and literature to emphasize letter recognition as well as letter sounds, which is a great way to prepare children for reading readiness. We use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to help with developing proper handwriting techniques and habits. Daily writing and coloring helps to enhance fine motor skills. We also count numbers up to 100, continue to recognize colors and shapes, and incorporate science throughout the week. Children get the chance to do art and music on a daily basis. We go to Chapel once a week where we hear stories from the Bible and learn new songs. We take 3-4 field trips a year to enhance our curriculum.

DAILY SCHEDULE

In general, our daily routine includes the following, with exceptions for field trips and special class celebrations. Our Wednesday schedule includes Chapel at 10:15am.

  • Arrival/Table Activity
  • Circle Time
  • Art & Free Play
  • Outdoor Play/Gross Motor Play
  • Snack
  • Science/Math Activities
  • Music
  • Closing Circle

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

St. Mark’s Preschool is a celebration of children as gifts from God. Together, children and teachers experience the joys of learning, loving and growing in a Christian environment. St. Mark’s Preschool exists for the purpose of enriching the lives and learning experiences of young children in a nurturing, stimulating, creative Christian environment. We offer a program which will provide your child with a variety of learning experiences and opportunities.

St. Mark’s Preschool provides an environment where children will:

  • feel safe and loved
  • enjoy exploration, discovery and self-expression
  • grow in confidence and self-esteem
  • experience positive attitudes toward school, teachers and learning
  • experience social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual development
  • participate in hands-on creative learning experiences