Preschool Enrichment Programs
- Music & Motor Development Classes
- Chapel: Twice a month
- Library: Once a month
- Cultural Studies throughout the year
Social and Emotional Development
At Saint Mark’s, we value the social emotional development of children in lock step with their academic and cognitive growth. Our preschool-6th grade program uses the Responsive Classroom framework to build emotional competencies including responsibility, empathy, cooperation, assertiveness, and self-control in addition to learning strategies and academic content. The preschool teaching staff is committed to ensuring that all children are welcome, seen, heard and loved.
Our early childhood program provides hands-on experiences and fosters a strong foundation for social interaction and learning in each of the developmental domains. The joy of exploration and discovery can be seen on children’s faces as you walk through the Outdoor Classroom where children can be seen studying new flower buds on a pumpkin vine, creating new paint colors in the art center, immersing their hands in sand construction, and creating exciting play narratives in the dramatic play area with friends.
Outdoor education and exploration is a key aspect of our preschool program. Students spend a balanced amount of time indoors and outdoors. There are opportunities for climbing, swinging, digging in the sand, gardening, painting, constructing with big and small loose parts, creatively engaging in imaginative play, making messy memories and so much more. While children learn outdoors we continue to facilitate conversations and activities that build upon their foundational skills. Our educators are actively supporting students with their peer to peer interactions, exploration and motor skill development.
At Saint Mark’s, we value the competencies of each child and are committed to helping children reach their unique potential by bringing learning to life in a safe and nurturing environment. Our early childhood programs provide learning experiences that are grounded in children’s interests and are developed around learning in several disciplines.
Foundational Skills & Playing with Purpose
Our incredible team of educators focus on cultivating multisensory activities with an interdisciplinary approach. Each day, students immerse themselves in a learning environment that allows for exploration, facilitation, and inquiry. We pair foundational skills in language arts, math, social studies, science with excitement, joy and motor skill development. Many times our students do not even know they are learning! Preschool is magical, we play with a purpose.