Preschool Classes

Below is a list of the classes we offer for children from 2 through 5 years of age along with class level goals.  The tuition prices listed are for the 2019-2020 school year.  If you would like a more detailed information packet, have any questions, would like to register for classes, or set up a tour of our Ferguson Road Center, please call our office at 412-486-5591 or email us at preschool.office@stpaulsumc.com.  Please call for class availability.

TWO-YEAR-OLD CLASS

TWO-DAY/TWO-YEAR-OLD CLASS – This class is an independent program for children who will turn two years of age by December 31st of the school year.  It is offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. This class includes language, music, art and motor activities designed to enhance the social and emotional growth of two-year-olds.  Gentle separation from home is achieved through fun activities and developmentally appropriate learning experiences in a play environment. The ratio of staff to student is 1:5.  This ratio is smaller than that required by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services which licenses early childhood education programs. Children do not need to be potty trained.

THREE-YEAR-OLD CLASSES

THREE-YEAR-OLD CLASSES  – The three-year-old class has an emphasis on language development and beginning social skills.  The activities are designed to help children to begin to develop self esteem.  The art, language and motor skills are taught through small groups.  Their week includes show and tell, library and bike day.  Classes are offered either two or three days a week.

The two-day class is offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Children need to be three years of age by December 31st of the school year.

The three-day program is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Children going into this class must be three by December 31st of the school year.  Children do not need to be potty trained in order to attend the three-year-old program.  The ratio of staff to student is 1:7.  This ratio is smaller than that required by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services which licenses early childhood education programs.  

FOUR-YEAR-OLD CLASSES

FOUR-YEAR-OLD CLASSES – Classes for four-year-olds are offered three days a week.  Morning classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.  The afternoon class is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.  The children in the above classes work on refining and expanding their social skills as they work together during play as well as during thematic units which include art, literature and motor skills.  In addition, show and tell, library time with language arts, motor skill practice and the beginning of pre-reading and writing skills are also being done.  This level begins to work once a week with resource teachers for music and science.  Children go on an off-site field trip in the fall and in the spring.  Children must turn four years of age by December 31st of the school year.  The ratio of staff to student is 1:8.  This ratio is smaller than that required by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services which licenses early childhood education programs.  

 Pre-K CLASSES
“Konnections to Kindergarten”

Our Pre-K curriculum uses the PA Early Learning Standards and has incorporated all the skills needed for a successful entry into the area school district Kindergarten programs.  Hampton, North Hills, North Allegheny and Shaler Area school districts have all offered information about what developmental skills they look for in children entering their Kindergarten program and what skills provide success for the children in this exciting beginning of compulsory education.  Our Pre-K teachers work on these skills daily.

Pre-K Class – This class is offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. The children in this class will work on kindergarten readiness skills, such as pre-reading, pre-writing and math, as they continue to get individual attention while working in smaller groups.  They will have the opportunity to develop themes for dramatic play and work together to plan projects and carry them out co-operatively.  Music and science resource teachers are a part of this curriculum.  Children in this program must turn five years of age by March 31, 2019.  The ratio of staff to student is 1:8.  This ratio is smaller than that required by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services  which licenses early childhood education programs.

RESOURCE CLASSES FOR FOUR AND FIVE-YEAR-OLDS

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT – The music and movement program is a weekly part of the four and five-year-old classes.  This program builds on elements of music theory, structured and creative movement, instrumental playing and music appreciation.  These are all presented in a child friendly format of interactive learning through singing, movement, games and improvisation using high quality children’s music.

SCIENCE RESOURCE – The science program is a weekly part of the four and five-year-old classes.  The science program encourages creative problem solving, questioning and formulating hypotheses.  Utilizing the resources of the Carnegie Museum, the children learn about many varied subjects, such as density, hibernation and metamorphosis.

SUPPLEMENTAL PROGRAMS FOR FOUR AND FIVE-YEAR-OLDS

LITERARY DAY – An optional, one day a week class for children who are in a 4-year old morning class or a Pre-K class, this program is held on Friday from 11:30 am – 3:00 p.m.  Children bring their lunch and enjoy eating with friends and staff before attending the Literary Day class.  Literary Day is an enrichment program that will incorporate literacy, creative arts, learning about the world around us (ie. foods, cultures and customs).  This program will be an active hands on exploration of each weekly them.

DISCOVERY DAY – An optional, one day a week class for children who are in the 4day/Pre-K classes, this program is held on Fridays from 12:30-3:00 p.m.  Discovery Day is an enrichment class full of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities.  This class offers our Pre-K students more opportunities to explore these concepts by using hands-on active, exploration of weekly themes and project based work.  Discovery Day helps children build a foundation of science-related knowledge using the arts.

                            

Registration fees for Preschool                                                          

1st child registered: $60                                       

2nd child registered: $45                                       

3rd child registered: $40                                       

4th child registered: FREE         

                            

TUITION FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

2day/2year old class: $1,143.00

2day/3year old class: $1,143.00

3day/3year old class: $1,377.00

3day/4year old class: $1,377.00

Pre-K class: $1,737.00

Literary Day (optional Friday program lunch included): $639.00

Discovery Day (optional Friday program no lunch): $567.00

Tuition can be paid all at one time on or before June 15 with a $20 discount.

Three times during the year – June 15, September 30 and January 31

Nine times during the year – June 15 – February 28

There is a $45 activity fee for all 3 year old, 4 year old and Pre-K classes which helps to defray the cost of in-school visits and field trips.

ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – We have limited funds to help families who need financial assistance in order for their child to be able to attend our preschool.  Assistance is based on the government school lunch program income requirements.  If you would like to apply for assistance you must call the preschool office by May 16 to receive an application.  For more information please call 412-486-5591.

                            

CLASS LEVEL GOALS

TWO-YEAR-OLD CLASS GOALS

Social and emotional growth
Gentle separation from home
Use hands for helping
Play next to friends
Begin to share toys

  • Language
    • Learn to listen for and respond to name
    • Learn a basic school vocabulary
    • Have many opportunities to talk
    • Learn finger plays
    • Use words to express feelings
  • Music
    • Move to music
    • Clap and follow rhythms
    • Sing simple songs
    • Use rhythm instruments
    • Enjoy all kinds of music
    • Use music in transitions
  • Art
    • Experience many kinds of media
    • Be creative with paint, play dough, paste, paper, etc.
  • Small Motor
    • Play with blocks and other manipulatives
    • Water and sand tables
  • Large Motor
    • Lots of large motor activities everyday indoor and outside with bikes, trampolines, climbing blocks, slide cage, balls, etc.
  • Dramatic Play
    • Dress ups
    • Home center kitchen area
    • Dolls

Our terrific two’s have fun learning as they play and experience many exciting activities each day.

                            

THREE-YEAR-OLD CLASS GOALS

To help children grow:

  • Physically
    • Our physical education program involves helping children
      • Build a sound body
      • Participate in and enjoy movement activities
      • Help children develop coordination and balance
      • Increase small and large motor skills
  • Intellectually
    • Language
      • Help children move from physical to verbal communications
      • Learn to ask for what they need and learn vocabulary to communicate those needs
      • Learn language to solve problems and sustain play
      • Learn how to listen
      • Learn finger plays, poems, and stories
      • Associate print with words and stories
      • Begin to write name
    • Numbers
      • Learn that numbers are a part of life
      • Numbers tell us how many
      • Numbers tell us the order of things
  • Creatively
    • Art
      • Learn to look deeply
      • Learn to use a pencil, marker, crayon to make marks and symbols
      • Give opportunities for using different types of art media
      • Children will begin to move from scribbling to shapes to recognizing objects they have made.  The process of using and experimenting with materials is desired rather than making specific objects.
    • Music
      • Learn to move to music
      • Learn to sing a simple song
      • Participate in rhythm bands
      • Listen to many varieties of music
  • Socially and Emotionally
    • Learn to interact with peers and teachers in a classroom setting.
    • Move from parallel to group play
    • Feel good about self and others

FOUR-YEAR-OLD CLASS GOALS

In our four year old class we learn by doing.  Our busy schedule includes music, art, language activities, science and math.  Our aim  is to have children grow mentally, physically and socially.  There are many opportunities for the child to talk, listen and participate in small groups.  All of our learning tasks are progressive and programmed for success, helping children build self image by completing a job done well.

  • Creative Arts
    • Arts
      • Children begin to draw with intent
      • Children have a chance to try many types of media
      • Children take responsibility for care of art materials
      • Children will be exposed to the work of many artist and illustrators
    • Music
      • Children will experience many different kinds of music
      • Children will hear and experience many kinds of rhythm
      • Children will learn and create songs
      • Children will make music with simple instruments
  • Language Arts
    • Talking
      • Carry on a conversation
      • Ask for what they need
      • Use words to solve problems
    • Listening
      • Take turns
      • Learn to look at and have eye contact with speaker
    • Writing
      • Link print with communication
      • Write name
      • Begin to copy letter and words
    • Reading
      • Listen to and enjoy stories
      • Finger plays, poems, act out stories, create own stories
    • Math
      • Use numbers to measure and order everything
      • Look for and develop patterns
      • Solve puzzles
    • Science
      • Nature science helps children learn about and understand the world around them
    • Health and Safety
      • Learn to practice rules for good health
      • Learn to stay with teacher
      • Learn to dial 911 and begin to know address and telephone number
      • Learn fire safety
    • Week Day Specials
      • Science
      • Music and movement
      • Library
      • Literary Day
      • Discovery Day

PRE-K CLASS GOALS

Children in the Pre-K class will be offered a totally new curriculum based on the development and needs of child who will be attending Kindergarten the following year.

The class size allows the children to get use to large group activities but continue to get individual attention working in small groups for language activities, science, music and art.

Children will have time to interact socially.  Four and five-year-olds can develop themes for dramatic play and work together to make plans for projects and carry them out co-operatively.

  • Language Arts
    • Speaking
      • Group discussion
      • Learn to take turns
      • Vocabulary grows as they discuss units or themes
    • Listening
      • Listen to stories, discuss characters and what happened, how problems are solved
      • Make experience charts and eventually dictate their own stories to their teachers
    • Pre-writing
      • Learn about shapes, lines, and circles
      • Examine letters and look how they are made
      • Use Native American picture symbols to copy and write stories
      • Opportunities to copy words, write letters and practice writing their name
      • Alphabet books, puzzles, games will be used to facilitate learning
    • Pre-reading
      • Experience listening to stories
      • Use flannel board, puppet experience, sequence of events, interaction of characters and eventually write and dictate their own stories
    • Numbers
      • Learn that numbers are used to describe quantities and relationships and are useful tools for getting information about the world they live in
      • Count class members, snacks, blocks, characters in stories, steps
      • Make their own number books
    • Measurement
      • Observe and discuss how big, tall, small objects are
      • Measure and chart their experiences
    • Pattern
      • Look for patterns in daily life, in design, in sequence of events
    • Geometry and Spacial Sense
      • Learn about our own space and the needs of others
      • Use tactile experience to fill space
  • Creative Arts
    • Art
      • Use many kinds of material for creating
      • 80% of 5 year olds draw knowing what they want to create
      • Study patterns and design
      • Be exposed to the work of many artists and illustrators
      • Be responsible for getting equipment and putting it away
    • Music
      • Experience music by singing, listening, moving
      • Play and make instruments
      • Create simple songs
    • Science
      • The 5 year olds will continue to explore and learn about their natural environment
      • Learn the basic skills of observation, inference and prediction
      • Continue meeting with Mrs. Burke once a week
    • Health and Safety
      • Demonstrate self-care skills
      • Cleanliness – wash face and hands
      • Learn about proper nutrition
    • Understand Safety Rules
      • Identify full name and address and phone number
    • Traffic Safety
      • Identify traffic signs
      • Discuss safety in cars
      • Bike safety
    • Weekday Specials
      • Science
      • Music and Movement
      • Library Day
      • Bike Day

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