Early Education (PreK-4)
PreK-4 Program Highlights
Children are challenged to grow academically, spiritually, and socially in St. Joseph School - Fullerton PreK-4 Program. Our curriculum follows the standards of the Archdiocese of Baltimore which directly connects and aligns to the Maryland State Standards for Pre-K4 Instruction. Our curriculum embeds Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Religion into weekly units and themes. We use multi-sensory hands-on learning to teach fine motor skills, and auditory and visual learning using center time, books, songs, technology, and art. Students also participate in Special classes (Art, Music, Physical Education, Computer, and Library) one day a week.
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Parents choose St. Joseph School - Fullerton Pre-K program knowing their child is taking part in an early educational curriculum that prepares their child for Kindergarten and beyond.
PreK-4 Program Schedule
Our PreK-4 program meets fives day a week from 8:00 a.m. and until dismissal at 2:35 p.m. Our two PreK-4 programs are staffed by caring, certified teachers, as well as a dedicated instructional assistant. The goal of both programs is to prepare students for Kindergarten and to become life-long learners.
Students must be 4 years old by September 1st and are independent when using the restroom.
Found below is a listing of the areas of study with example content and essential skills.
Students use the Pearson En-Vision Math program and connects to the K-8 curriculum continuum followed by St. Joseph School.
Revised in 2013, the curriculum for all elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore include the following units:
Counting and Cardinality
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Measurement and Data
Numbers and Operations in Base Ten
Numbers and Operations
Catholic educators never forget that our schools exist to bring our students to Christ. By continuing to implement new standards that are challenging, we work to fulfill the promise of quality Catholic education that educates the whole child, both mind and soul. By the completion of preschool, students will master a variety of skills including:
Count groups of objects to 10 in order to solve a problem.
Subitize: immediate recognition of the number of a group without counting.
Manipulate actual, physical objects to represent the problem when working on a solution (e.g. apples to represent apples).
Use measurement vocabulary when describing the attributes of objects.
Recognize shapes in their real-world environment.
Religion standards are followed through the Archdiocese of Baltimore and are taught through the Loyola Press resources and textbook/student workbook.
Released in 2011, “Bringing Good News” is the Archdiocese of Baltimore Religion Curriculum for Elementary Schools. This standards-based curriculum serves as a guide, a roadmap for both teachers and students as they embark on a journey, which will provide them with the knowledge and understanding of the faith as witnessed in the teachings and the traditions of the Catholic Church. The curriculum is built on the Six Tasks of Catechesis: Promoting Knowledge of the Faith; Liturgical Education; Moral Formation; Teaching to Pray; Education for Community Life; and Missionary Initiation and is aligned with the Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (IFG:ACRE). By the completion of preschool, students will master a variety of skills including:
- Identify self and my family as belonging to God’s family.
- Identify the Bible as a special book about God.
- Dramatize the stories about Jesus from the Bible, i.e. The Last Supper, The Christ Child in the Temple, The Good Samaritan.
- Demonstrate how we show our love by using kind words and positive actions.
- Participate in prayer with the family, alone, in class and at Church.
- Identify the saints as God’s special friends who are part of the family of the Church in heaven.
- Discover that God has made each of them special and that individual differences are gifts from God.
- Understand when we help our family and friends we are showing love to others like Jesus did.
While there are not defined standards in preschool for the following subject areas, Catholic schools offer exploration and introduction to the content that will be learned in future grade levels:
- Instructional Technology
- Social Studies
- Physical Education/Health
- Art & Music
- World Languages