Growing in Faith and Love
San Jose Catholic Preschool provides a nurturing faith filled environment for our youngest learners. Since its inception in 1989, San Jose Catholic Preschool has cultivated an environment that nurtures the whole child. Our PK-3 and PK-4 programs encourage independence and growth while developing social skills and engaging creativity. All programs offer a wide variety of experiences to engage children and prepare them to be successful academically and socially – providing a smooth transition to Kindergarten.
Our Preschool students are able to interact with various age groups and participate in many learning activities that inspire creativity and encourage growth in cognitive, physical, social, and spiritual development.
Students are introduced to upper and lowercase letters, including recognition, formation, and sounds, as well as name and sight word recognition, pre-reading strategies, listening, and language arts centers and games used to facilitate learning.
Students are introduced to various math skills including number recognition, counting, identifying shapes, making patterns, and one-to-one correspondence.
Throughout the year, the students take part in stewardship projects sponsored by the school and are introduced to the Catholic community’s faith in a manner appropriate for their age. They participate in daily prayer, weekly religion lessons, learn to correctly make the sign of the cross, and attend weekly school masses.
In class, students are taught to copy letters, numbers, and write their first and last names. To help them improve their handwriting skills, we use the “Handwriting Without Tears” curriculum, which is a hands-on approach to learning. We also introduce them to centers, games, and art projects to develop and strengthen their hand muscles required for handwriting and coloring. This helps them grow and improve their skills.
Being able to recognize and identify feelings in themselves and their fellow students is an integral part of the social curriculum.
Social & Emotional Skills
Some vital skills to learn in Pre-K are respect, listening, sharing, taking turns, transitioning, following directions, and making good choices.
Gross Motor Skills
Students partake in daily indoor and outdoor activities that aid in enhancing their gross motor skills. Through these activities, they learn about body awareness, balance, laterality, coordination of large muscle groups, and spatial orientation. This helps them to understand their body’s position in relation to other objects or individuals.
Fine Motor Skills
Students improve fine motor skills with activities that strengthen hand-eye coordination, including puzzles, pegboards, beads, art projects, and games. These skills lead to better pencil grip and scissors handling.