Mother Seton Preschool is a warm and nurturing place. A loving community, rich with traditions and friendships, often lasts far beyond the elementary school years. In our child-centered classroom, teachers model kindness, compassion, and respect for each child as a unique person with an individual pattern of development. Our age-appropriate curriculum allows children to explore and create through center activities, interaction with nature, tactile experiences, long-term projects, and imaginary play. In this Catholic School, where all faiths are welcome, children discover the inherent goodness in all that they are as part of God’s creation.
The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education has its roots in post-World War II Italy. As Europe healed from the trauma of years of war, this small village developed a belief system that strove to “improve the lives of people and communities through education….” At its center are the following principles:
Children must have some control over their learning.
Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing.
Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that they must be encouraged to explore.
Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.
The Mother Seton Preschool classrooms are large spaces filled with natural light and a view of the fields and trees beyond. A typical Reggio Emilia classroom is filled with live plants and features designated areas for centers as well as for large- and small-group projects and activities. Natural wood and cloth furnishings create a homelike environment which is decorated with pictures of children’s families along with displays of their work.
At this age, children develop skills and concepts at their own unique pace. At Mother Seton Preschool, teachers guide students’ learning through exploration and discovery at centers and group activities. In addition, children have the opportunity to create projects of interest, allowing for self-direction in their learning environment.
Areas of Development
- Knowledge of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and other Saints
- Awareness of Holy Days and Liturgical Seasons
- Attend monthly Liturgy and/or prayer service
- Displaying God’s love in our school
- Social and Emotional Development
- Self concept
- Self direction
- Social Relationships
- Physical Development
- Gross motor skills
- Fine motor skills
- Health, personal hygiene, and safety
- Language and Literacy
- Listening comprehension
- Oral communication
- Phonological awareness
- Letter and word recognition
- Reading Comprehension
- Emergent Writing
- Understanding and usage of simple words and phrases
- Mathematics and ReasoningNumber concepts
- Shape recognition
- Spatial awareness
- Patterns and sorting
- Social Studies
- Families and communities
- Geography and maps
- Civics and economics
- Scientific reasoning
- Life science
- Physical science
- Earth science
- Rhythm patterns
- Melody and song phrasing
- Visual Art
- Using artistic tools
- Expression through creativity
Lead teachers are certified Early Childhood educators. In addition, trained teacher aides assist in each classroom. The school maintains an 8:1 student:teacher ratio, which is lower than the state requirement.
St. Elizabeth-St. Robert contracts with Food Service Consultants to provide daily hot lunch for our students. The cost of lunch is not included in tuition. Preschool students may purchase lunch at school or may bring their lunch from home. Milk, water, and juice are also available. Snack is provided by the school.
Extended care will be available each day from 3 – 6 PM in the Preschool classroom. The cost is $10 per day. Children must be registered ahead of time for After-School Care. This includes half-days.
Schedule and Hours
The Preschool follows the same calendar schedule as the elementary school.
Children may attend 5-full days or 3-full days.
The preschool hours are
7:55 AM – 2:45 PM
The Preschool classroom doors opens at 7:00 AM.
After-School Care fees will be initiated for preschoolers who are not picked-up by 3:10 PM.