The Saint Lucy School Pre-K students love to learn. Saint Lucy teachers guide their students through a program based on developmentally appropriate curriculum filled with Kindergarten readiness activities.
Early literacy plays a key role in enabling the kind of learning experiences that research shows are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention, higher graduation rates and enhanced productivity in adult life.
From the first school day, Saint Lucy Pre-K children are immersed in a rich learning environment. Seasonally themed and letter specific, authentic, hands-on activities are the framework for introducing all early literacy concepts.
Using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, Saint Lucy Pre-K teachers reinforce a new letter each week through activities, stories, art, games and songs as well as provide opportunities for interactive and collaborative letter practice.
Students use fine motor skills to reinforce learning by cutting, gluing, tracing and writing. Practicing letter formation while using a variety of mediums such as shaving cream, paint, chalk and crayon help strengthen small muscle development while learning proper directionality. During table work time, children learn to successfully manipulate small materials which establishes and reinforces proper pencil grip.
At the beginning of the school year, students are introduced to letter building language and are encouraged to follow a step by step process for writing letters.
Pre-K Director Nicole Quinn added, “Children who are immersed in early literacy instruction in a relevant, word rich, nurturing environment will be curious about reading and become motivated to be readers, and ultimately, lifelong learners.”