St. Bernard Catholic School Preschool Programs
Our programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages 3-5. We believe children develop at individual stages and that learning takes place as children explore and discover their world. Our classroom is a fun, adventurous place where Kindergarten preparation, Catholic values and character development are taught through play.
We believe that children learn best through interaction with their environment. By using a hands-on, play-based approach, we ensure that children’s learning is both challenging and child-centered. We accomplish this goal by providing meaningful activities and learning centers where children learn through exploration, social interaction with their peers, and play. It is our goal to prepare children for kindergarten by introducing them to the concepts they will master throughout their primary years in school. Children will enjoy their first learning experience and become life-long learners. Children are given ample opportunities to express themselves, speak in front of a group, and practice social skills.
We believe that using a developmental approach to children’s learning provides the best educational experience for each child. Children grow and learn at individual stages and come to us with differing needs, backgrounds and experiences. Our teachers understand child development and strive to provide appropriate activities to foster growth and success at each child’s individual level.
We believe that parents are partners in their child’s education. We encourage parents to volunteer in the classroom, and we communicate weekly about what we are learning. Opportunities for parents to share their expertise in real-life situations and occupations are provided.
This is a class designed for 4 or 5 year-olds with an emphasis on Kindergarten readiness. Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate and follows the Wisconsin Model of Early Learning Standards (WMELS). Teachers plan age-appropriate activity lessons in the classroom environment to include the following: learning routines, following directions, alphabet & letter sound recognition, fine and gross motor skills, name recognition, early math skills (counting & number recognition), rhyming and opposites. Spanish and music classes are also offered one day per week. Catholic values and Bible stories are incorporated into our program daily.
There are many options available for families:
- M-F — Full day (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
- M-F — Half day (8:30 am – 11:30 am)
- M-W-F — Full day (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
- M-W-F — Half day (8:30 am – 11:30 am)
This class is designed for 3 or 4 year-olds to introduce them to a formal school setting. Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate and follows the Wisconsin Model of Early Learning Standards (WMELS). The PK3 curriculum is centered on social development while exploring early learning concepts such as: learning routines, following directions, fine and gross motor skills, name recognition, early math skills (counting) and social skills. Catholic values and Bible stories are incorporated into our program daily.
These are the options available for families:
- M-W-F — Half day (8:30 am – 11:30 pm)
- M-W-F — Full day (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
- T-Th — Half day (8:30 am – 11:30 am)
- T-Th — Full day (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
Before and After School Care Program
The Before and After School Care Program is available to any child that is enrolled at St. Bernard Catholic School. Care is available before class and can begin as early as 6:45 am until 8:30 am. Care is available again after class from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. This care will be offered during the regular school year following the St. Bernard Catholic School calendar. Before and After School Care provides: breakfast and snack depending on time of attendance and a play-based learning environment.