EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM

Catholic School in Minneapolis Early Learning Program

Do you ever wonder why your child has so many questions? Why do they ask "Why" so often? Three- to five-year-olds are eager and capable students. They have a desire to learn and to understand the world around them. Our preschool and prekindergarten will help them become learners with developmentally appropriate activities in art, science, music, and physical education. Our curriculum is research-based and supports Minnesota's Early Learning Standards.  

Ages

Children must be 3 years old before September 1 and toilet trained to start the preschool program. Students who are 4 years old before September 1 may start the pre-kindergarten program. 

Hours

Half-Day Preschool

8:00 am to 11:15 am

 

Half-Day Pre-Kindergarten

8:00 am to 11:15 am

 

Full-Day Day Preschool 

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

 

Full-Day Pre Kindergarten

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

 

After School Extended Day

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

 

Before School Extend Day

6:30 am to 8:00 am

Curriculum & Tuition

Preschool
Prekindergarten
Preschool

The preschool has a play-based curriculum that develops important readiness skills while nurturing the child and encouraging cognitive, physical, social and emotional growth. This curriculum enables the children to gain essential life skills through dozens of role-playing experiences focused on kindness, empathy, taking turns, responsibility, sharing, paying attention and patience. All materials are hands-on and support developmentally appropriate practice for three and four-year-olds.

Because the preschool is an integral part of Our Lady of Peace School the students have the opportunity of taking classes from specialists in the areas of art, music, Spanish, technology, library and physical education on a weekly basis.

Curriculum Goals

Pyhsical Development

To provide many opportunities for children to use and develop their gross and fine motor skills through the use of:

  • outdoor large muscle equipment which includes a slide, climbing apparatus, grassy area, and fresh air
  • indoor large muscle equipment including a rocking boat, slides, tunnel, mats, and a parachute
  • organized group games that involve moving muscles
  • art activities which include using scissors, glue, paint, crayons, markers, pencils, and paper to use at all times

Intellectual Development

To provide many opportunities for children to use language, math, science and social studies skills through the use of:

  • math manipulatives such as puzzles, calendar, matching objects, stringing beads, scale, numbered pegs, and matching cards
  • globes, maps, books portraying our culture and others, books with multi-cultural characters, dolls from different cultures
  • books (read daily), flannel board stories, flannel board letters, sand paper letters
  • discussion time, show and tell, language-rich room with labels on most objects and areas, sing songs, finger plays, poems and prayers

Social Development

To provide opportunities for children to interact with each other and adults by:

  • creating an environment with open spaces and learning centers to provide constant movement and a variety of contacts
  • giving children the opportunity to make choices about their learning
  • greeting children daily at arrival and departure
  • providing free-play time
  • providing good role models to children in words and actions
  • guiding behavior in a problem-solving way

Emotional Development

To promote a healthy self-image in each child by:

  • showing respect for each child through words and actions
  • choosing a child helper each day
  • using puppets, pictures, and songs to show emotions
  • providing dramatic play equipment including kitchen set and dishes, dress-up clothes, tool set, dolls, grocery cart, mirror, stuffed animals, puppets, table and chair
  • promoting Catholic values through prayer, songs, books and posters

Full Day Tuition

Half Day Tuition

Prekindergarten

Daily Schedule

Preschool
Prekindergarten