Programs + Information

2018-2019SJB Preschool Class Sessions

We offer both half-day and full-day programs.

**Students need to be fully potty trained.


Two Day Programs for 3-4 Year Olds:

Must be 3 by Sept. 1

Half-Day Program

Tue/Thu, 8:15am – 11:00am
$140/month

Full-Day Program

Tue/Thu, 8:15am – 2:30pm
$290/month*


Three day programs for 4-5 Year Olds:

Half-Day Program

Mon/Wed/Fri, 8:15am – 11:00am
$190/month

Full-Day Program

Mon/Wed/Fri, 8:15am – 2:30pm
$400/month*


Five Day Program for 3-5 Year Olds:

Mon-Fri, 8:15am – 2:30pm
$590/month for full day


Care Crew

Extended care is available on school days for children enrolled in St. John’s Preschool.

Please contact us for more information.


About our full-day programming

Our full-day programs include structured playtime, teacher read alouds, large motor play, letter-writing skills, music, snack, science and more in the mornings. Afternoons include lunch, rest time, plus additional large-muscle time, center playtime and enrichment activities based on the monthly theme.

Not sure if your child is ready for a full-day just yet? Your child can start with the Half-day Program and transition to the Full-day Program as the year progresses.

Program/Curriculum:

Our Preschool Program includes the following:

Cognitive/Manipulatives
When children string beads, play with peg boards, solve puzzles and play directed games, they are challenging their minds!  Our students learn important skills including patterning and matching, counting, the alphabet, shapes and color concepts. All of these skills are important for developing strong math and literacy skills.

Religion
Religion helps children to learn about God and His immense love for them. They learn prayers that are said at the beginning and end of the day, as well as before snack time.  Religion is integrated throughout each day via social interactions and lessons on how to treat one another, Bible stories and lives of the saints. Through science and religion, the children can appreciate God’s gift of creation and the world around us.

Learning Centers
Centers provide learning opportunities about the world around us as well as how all things work together.  Centers include sensory materials, blocks, housekeeping/dramatic play, writing, reading, tub toys, quiet corner and creative centers.  These creative areas might include places and activities such as ice fishing, the pet store, the beach, the post office or the grocery store.

Writing
We use the Handwriting Without Tears program to teach the proper formation of letters.  This developmental curriculum offers a multi-sensory approach to handwriting.  Children are able to build letters with wood pieces, roll out play dough letters, and write with a variety of utensils (chalk, crayon, pencil, markers, etc).  In preschool, we focus on the uppercase letters while laying the foundations for writing the lowercase letters. The Handwriting Without Tears program is also used throughout the Mounds View School District and in the primary grades at St. John’s.

Curriculum
Splash into Pre-K is our Houghton Mifflin early learning program designed through comprehensive lessons that allow children to explore and learn at many different levels. All curricular areas are utilized including reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, health and art in daily instruction. Our staff was trained with this curriculum in 2015.

Phonics
Phonetic Awareness is a Pre-Kindergarten curriculum taught in the Mounds View School District. It is a 35-week lesson planned curriculum focusing on scope and sequencing of syllables, letter sounds and recognition.

Art
The process of creating art allows children opportunities for self-expression, creativity, perceptual awareness and spatial awareness.  They learn colors and shapes through a variety of media.

Music
Music teaches children about rhythm, sound, different cultures, creative expression and feelings.  Daily music provides students opportunities to use rhythm instruments, sing, dance, and even listen to occasional musical visitors.

Large Motor
Physical activities are important in teaching self-confidence, coordination and balance.  Building upper body strength helps to develop the muscles and control needed for successful handwriting skills. Weather permitting, children go outside to the playground or neighboring park. There are visits to our preschool muscle room and cafeteria climbing wall to use large muscle equipment. Through these activities, children learn cooperation, teamwork, and they develop problem solving skills.

Snack Time
Children learn about nutrition, food groups and measurement concepts. They also practice their counting, sorting and patterning skills. Snack time gives the children an opportunity to learn to take turns, use manners and socialize positively with others.

Circle Time
This time teaches the children listening skills, idea sharing, taking turns, vocabulary, cooperation and consideration for others.  It includes songs, stories, calendar, weather, sharing, discussion of daily events and group games.