Our school, like our world, is incredibly diverse. To do honor to both, Saint Mark's Preschool celebrates a different country and culture ten months of the year. Each school year has a different pattern to our cultural curriculum. Parents are encouraged to help us introduce the students to countries and cultures of which they are most familiar. This can include stories, games, food, native dress, song and arts and crafts. Let your child's lead teacher know how you might be able to help so that we can build it into the curriculum plan for that particular day.
Two Year Olds
The Red Room
The Red Room is home to our two year olds. Our loving teachers gently guide them as they adjust to being in a school environment with other children. There are three teachers and up to 15 children in the class. We focus on social skills, language development, and independence skills.
Three Year Olds
The Green Room
The Green Room is home to our older twos and younger threes, where they continue with things learned in the Red Room and prepare for the Pre-Kindergarten experience ahead. Monthly themes revolve around social skills and the school-wide cultural themes and include art, individual and group projects, table activities and dramatic play. The Green Room accommodates up to 20 students and has three teachers.
Three Year Olds
The BLUE Room
The Blue Room is home to our older threes, where they continue with things learned in the Red Room and prepare for the Pre-K experience ahead. Monthly themes including the school wide cultural theme, a science theme and a social skills theme run throughout the curriculum. There is art, individual and group projects, table activities and dramatic play. The Blue Room accommodates up to 20 students and three teachers.
The Purple and YELLOW Rooms
The Purple and Yellow Rooms are home to our Pre-K students, preparing for transition to kindergarten or transitional kindergarten. Monthly themes include the school-wide cultural theme and a science theme. The Purple Room accommodates up to 24 students and has three teachers. The Yellow Room accommodates up to 24 students and has three teachers.
In addition to the five classrooms listed above, our facility has two wonderful yards (two of them!) for play and exploration. The front yard area includes an absolutely enormous sand pit with overhead awning, plus plenty of area for table play and tiny tot games of basketball. It also features misters--a very popular thing in the hot summer months. The back yard has apparatus, slides and swings on a spongy ground cover and a good size grass area for running around, playing soccer, tackling an obstacle course. In the summer, we also have a a wading pool for splashing around.