INTRODUCTION TO OUR PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS:
In Our Early Childhood programs…
Your child will experience a loving environment in which they are comfortable learning and exploring new things in their world. Through a structured environment and predictable routine they will gain confidence in learning social and academic skills that will help to prepare them for Kindergarten and beyond. We partner with our parents in providing spiritual formation with developmentally appropriate activities that keep our little ones close to Jesus. Our little ones join all our St William students in the Virtues in Education program which forms disciples who grow in holiness living the Gospel values. Children that attend our early childhood programs at St. William School will be welcomed daily into a loving environment in which they gain the skills, confidence, knowledge, and love of learning that they will carry on with them throughout their lives.
Three Year Old Program: ( Child must be 3 by September 1st) Tuesday/Thursday half day 8:00-11:30, Tues/Thurs Full day 8:00AM- 2:40PM / Full day option available in mixed age setting.
Four Year Old Program: (If the child is 4 by September 1st): Monday, Wednesday, Friday half days 8:00AM-11:30AM, Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 AM-2:40 PM
Junior Kindergarten Program: (4 by September 1): Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM- 2:40PM
** All program offerings are dependent on enrollment. All students must be fully potty trained in order to be enrolled in any of these programs.
THREE YEAR OLD PROGRAM:
Our Program begins with three year old children who turn three by September 1st. We offer full day and ½ day classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays to accommodate the developmental learning needs that are unique to our youngest students. At this stage of development a child’s ability to learn and grow is remarkable to parents and teachers. We provide a curriculum that stimulates learning through “Hands-on Experiences” that encourage a child to explore and play. We provide opportunity for spiritual experiences through prayer, song, story, and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program. We follow the goals and standards that adhere to the AOD religion standards and Archbishop Vigneron’s call to “ Unleash the Gospel”. Social interactions and growth are an integral part of the school day and include circle time, small group and large group activities, snack, and an appropriate mix of play and center time. We follow the state of Michigan Early learning standards and use the Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies www.teachingstrategies.com to adhere to these standards.
JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN AND FOUR YEAR OLD CURRICULUM
Our program is designed to meet the learning needs of a child who is four by September 1st. We offer several options for this stage of learning and recognize that not all four -year olds are alike. We offer five full days three full days or ½ day options. We utilize the Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies www.teachingstrategies.com which adheres to the State of Michigan Early Learning Standards and the Handwriting without Tears curriculum by the award winning Handwriting without tears program www.getsetforschool.com . We teach in developmental order by starting at a level that does not assume prior knowledge or competency. We facilitate learning so children can excel by acknowledging their present level of development. We explicitly teach certain skills that children need to learn and begin a lifelong love for learning.
Our four year old program focuses on developing social and school behaviors; how to play and participate in a school environment. Our focus is on preparing the children for school. School is an environment full of symbols, where letters take on meaning and are used to read and write; and numbers are used to learn about the world of Math. We teach what letters and numbers are and how to use them. We teach the children a full curriculum that includes readiness and writing, language and literacy, numbers and math. We expose the children to history, social studies, and science through “hands-on” learning experiences. We focus on developing each child’s spiritual development through daily exposure to Catholic doctrine, prayer, song, praise and special prayer services and our Atrium where our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program takes place.
INTRODUCTION TO THE CRUSADER CLUB/ AFTERCARE PROGRAM
St. William Catholic School recognizes the need for school-based childcare within our community. The Crusader Club is a self-supporting program aimed at providing a supervised and safe environment for Junior Kindergarten through eighth grade students of St. William Catholic School after school. Crusader Club is licensed by the State of Michigan as a Child Care Center.
Interesting activities are planned which are developmentally appropriate and enhance physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth. A quiet room is available for homework. The opportunity to be with friends in a supervised program benefits children and offers parents a safe, practical solution for childcare needs after school. Crusader Club is available from after school until 6:00 pm.
Registration for the Crusader Club
Registration for Crusader Club is required each year. Registration is mandatory prior to participation in the program. Each family will pay a non-refundable registration fee along with the completed application. Also required is a completed Student Health Statement and a completed Parent Notification of the Licensing Notebook for each family and a separate Child Information Card for each child enrolled in Crusader Club. These forms are available at registration.
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