4 YR. OLD PRESCHOOL PROGRAM – CALMAR
Our four-year-old program meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. You may drop your preschooler off anytime after 7:30 a.m. Children must turn four by September 15th of that enrollment year to be eligible for the four-year-old class. The four-year-old class size has a maximum of 20 students. The ratio will be 1 adult:10 students at all times.
St. Teresa of Calcutta Preschool is a collaborative partner and participates in the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP). Students in our 4 yr. old program attend for free. We also participate in the Department of Human Services Quality Rating Scale. Currently St. Teresa Preschool Calmar is a level 5.
Lunch is a part of our day together. Students will eat lunch in our classroom and it is prepared by the school in Ossian and delivered. Lunch menus will be sent home once a month and are available through the Hot Lunch link.
Healthy snacks are served each morning, usually between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. for afternoon snack. Families take turns bringing the snack once a month, in line with the “Suggested Snack Calendar” to ensure a variety of healthy foods are served to your child while at school. When it is your snack day it is also the students share day.
The goals of our four-year-old program come from the Creative Curriculum for Preschool and focus on four main areas of child development, including: social/emotional development; physical development; cognitive development, and language development. We also have objectives for learning in the development areas of: literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, and the arts.
Our classroom is set up in learning “centers”, which include blocks, dramatic play, books, gross motor, fine motor, science, discovery play, listening, writing, and art. Outdoor play is important to a child’s physical development and is included in the daily schedule. Self-selection is also a daily part of the curriculum and means a child has the opportunity to choose which center or activity he/she participates in. This promotes creative expression and development of important social skills.
We utilize Teaching Strategies GOLD for assessment in our four-year-old program to evaluate and track each child’s individual development during his/her school year at St. Teresa Preschool.