The Gesu Preschool program provides a nurturing, faith based environment using developmentally appropriate activities and materials. A center based curriculum supports the discovery and construction of knowledge through exploration and experimentation. Multisensory activities enhance growth in all developmental domains, encourage natural curiosity and seek to foster a joy of learning. Our curriculum is based on the Ohio Department of Education state standards in the content areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. We welcome the opportunity to support and partner with our families. We also offer Parent/Teacher conferences twice a year in November and March. Communication between home and school is ongoing through daily contact at arrival and dismissal, weekly classroom updates, and monthly calendars. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in our classrooms.
Weekly Schedule Options for Preschool
Three Year Olds
Option One: 2 day class that meets Monday and Tuesday morning
from 8:20 – 11:00 AM.
Option Two: 3 day class that meets Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings
from 8:20 – 11:00 AM.
Option Three: 4 day class that meets Monday – Thursday afternoons from 12:00 – 2:40 PM.
Four Year Olds
Option One: Morning program that meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings
from 8:20 – 11:00 AM
Option Two: An afternoon program that meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons
from 12:00 – 2:40 PM.
5 day Pre-K program that meets Monday – Friday from 8: 20 AM – 1:00 PM
The following learning objectives outline the academic groundwork for the year.
Spiritual development is an essential part of our Catholic Preschool program. It is the preparation time for more formal instruction in the years ahead. Religious readiness involves the development of a positive self-image in relationship to a loving God. This basis for a deep love of God comes from the examples set by the family and the spiritual life of the parish community. Classroom prayer, songs and age appropriate prayer services prepare students to participate in the celebrations of the Church.
Social development is the focus of our youngest students entering school for the first time. We strive to facilitate smooth transitions from home to school by collaborating with parents to make this important milestone a successful one. Learning to interact with peers and adults, development of cooperative play and conflict resolution are some of the goals we have set for all the children.
Vocabulary is developed through classroom experiences, reading, songs, finger plays and age appropriate prayers. The preschool classrooms are a print rich environment. Phonemic awareness is accomplished through rhymes, understanding of syllables, and rhythmic activities. The writing process is begun with individual journaling, documentation of classroom activities, and a multitude of individual and small group instruction. Oral communication is developed through participation in group discussions, retelling of stories and interaction with classmates and teachers.
Math concepts are introduced through counting, sorting, classifying, patterning and measurement. Number and number sense concepts include one to one correspondence, number recognition, quantity, and numerical order. Geometry and spatial relations as well as data analysis are also introduced.
An awareness of our role in society begins with an understanding of family, community, and the broader world. Our students begin learning these concepts with family history, community helpers, neighborhood, and relationships between people. Our students develop a sense of belonging to different groups; for example family, friends, class, school, parish and community.
Children’s natural curiosity leads to the exploration of our physical world: studying living things, life cycles, habitats, and weather. Physical sciences include weight, measurement, shape and size. Scientific inquiry leads to the study of air, water, and simple machines.
Opportunities are provided within the classroom to develop fine motor skills through creative process art, writing, sensory experiences, and play with a variety of manipulatives. Gross motor development is encouraged through large muscle play in the classroom, on the playground, and in weekly physical education classes.