PO Box 560 / 90 Alexander Lane, Solomons, Maryland 20688
Phone (410) 326-3171 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Fax (410) 326-9478
OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA SCHOOL
Children learn to identify and count quantities up to 10, count orally with larger quantities of numbers, use one-to-one correspondence when counting, describe math terms such as first, last, half, none, and all, more, and less. They will learn simple adding and subtracting of numbers, categorizing objects, positional words, measuring, shapes, and sizes.
Pre-K begins working on recognizing that print carries a message or a concept. They will identify letters of the alphabet and their sounds, and put these letter sounds into words. They will recognize their names in print. Students will build a foundation of reading using a variety of materials to obtain information through their exposure to books and stories. They will describe what happened in stories, as well as make predictions of what might happen. They will develop good listening skills, share information, and be able to speak in longer sentence length and find creative ways to tell stories of their own.
ADW Catholic Schools Academic Standards for Preschool Language Arts
We use Handwriting without Tears to teach the fundamentals of handwriting. This includes appropriate hand positioning of paper and pencil, correct letter formations, and left to right sequencing. Students use written symbols to express their ideas.
Children develop an awareness of time relating to the past, present, and future, and begin to understand days of the week, months, and seasons. They discover ways to conduct themselves in the community through good communication, turn-taking, and polite use of words. They recognize differences and similarities of the people around us and in the world. They find ways to take care of the environment around us.
ADW Catholic Schools Academic Standards for Preschool Social Studies
Children are given opportunities to become natural scientists as they observe and investigate the world around them. They observe and describe objects with their senses; use scientific tools to conduct experiments, measure, classify, and use charts and graphs. They explore, observe, and learn to take care of a variety of live plants and animals.
The Pre-K classes use Ignatius Press' “Image of God”, which offers a Catholic religion curriculum for children 3 years old and 4 years old preparing for kindergarten that presents the faith in a lively manner with colorful graphics. It stresses the dignity of each child made in God's image, and presents the faith in terms children understand with activities that reinforce the lesson. Lessons include Bible stories, concepts of faith, home activities, and fun worksheets.
ADW Catholic Schools Academic Standards for Preschool Religion
Children start PE classes with movement education, both locomotor and non-locomotor (gross motor skills). They begin to play interactive running games and tag-type games, and also begin working on ball skills, such as dribbling (foot and hand), rolling, tossing, overhand throw, kicking, striking, catching (using hands and manipulatives), and volleying. Fun games include parachute, scooter, hula-hoop, and beanbag play.
ADW Catholic Schools Academic Standards for Preschool Physical Education
Young children begin to learn how to express their feelings, thoughts, and views through art. The ability to use symbols in art is an important milestone in cognitive development, and art enhances children’s ability to interpret symbols. Working with art materials offers children opportunities to learn about color, shape, design, and texture. As children draw, paint, and make collages they experiment with color, line, shape, and size. In addition to artwork and crafts that are an integral part of the PreK program, the PreK has a formal Art class with OLSS's Art Instructor once a week.
ADW Catholic Schools Academic Standards for Preschool Visual Arts
Young children begin to sing melodic patterns and songs, and learn the basics of rhythm, beat, melody, and dynamics using traditional folk songs from various countries. Movement, instruments, and games reinforce learned concepts in an ensemble group setting, which takes place with the school Music teacher once a week. Performance etiquette is introduced and reinforced through school performances, including a Christmas Concert and a Spring Program.
Students are introduced to Spanish and learn basic greetings, numbers to 10, shapes, colors and parts of the face. They also learn the Sign of the Cross, children’s prayers, and songs in Spanish.
Pre-K students visit the OLSS Computer Lab once a week to begin learning about computers, hardware, and software.
PRE-K TEACHER / PRIMARY GRADE TEACHER
Mrs. Pouncey received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University and is pursuing her Accelerated Certification in Teaching (ACT) from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She is credentialed through Maryland State Department of Education Child Care at a Level 5. Before OLSS, she taught preschool at St. Paul United Methodist Pre-school for 11 years. This is her third year teaching at OLSS.
Mrs. Stephanie Riley holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Coastal Carolina University. She taught public PK for 4 years in North Carolina. She worked for Magnificent Minds Learning Center in Great Mills for five years, tutoring in Reading and Math for grades PK-3. She also previously worked as a Title One tutor at OLSS whilst an employee of Calvert County Public Schools. This is her fifth year teaching Pre-K at our school.
* A “learn through play” approach
* Pre-reading, math, science, art, music, and movement experience
* A strong religious, social, emotional, and academic foundation that nurtures the whole child
* A safe, creative environment for learning where we celebrate the love of God and teach respect for everyone
* Meaningful tasks and activities that encourage motor skill development, interpersonal relationship & self-help skills
* PK3: Children must be 3 years old by Sept. 1, use the bathroom independently, & be ready for a school environment
* PK4: Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, use the bathroom independently, & be ready for a school environment