The St. Francis Xavier Preschool Program recognizes 3 – 5 years old children are brimming with natural curiosity. Our classrooms are designed to promote learning through personal interest and exploration. Our curriculum provides opportunity for continuing age and developmentally appropriate instruction that view learning on a continuum. Curriculum is defined by the Diocesan Schools Office Early Childhood Standards/Curriculums and by the State of Arizona.
Religion: “Stories of God’s Love” is a religion readiness program that helps young children take their first steps on their journey of faith. Students also visit the Atrium weekly where they will learn about Jesus through independent activities.
Language: reading readiness skills, verbal communication, expanding vocabulary, pre-writing. Our 4 year old and 5 year old programs use “Happily Ever After”early literacy series and “Putnik Phonics”.
Math: Our 3 year old program uses “Math Their Way”. This program stresses using math concepts in a child’s everyday life and is mostly manipulative materials. Our 4 and 5 year old programs use Eureka Math. Eureka Math is a curriculum presenting math in a logical progression from PK to 12th grade. Students will gain a strong number sense through the use of manipulative.
Science: weather, seasons, space, plants & seeds, animals (living & prehistoric), living vs. non-living, care of environment, the 5 senses, the human body
Art: children create and experience art using different media
Social Studies: Self, family, community, holiday, presidents, cultures around the world. We also use the Sanford “Harmony” program. This program is designed to make a difference in how students think about and treat each other. By promoting positive relationships between students, this program promotes respect and understanding of differences among all children. The ultimate goal is to improve student cooperation, empathy and mutual respect as well as foster greater inclusion and connectedness.