The emphasis of our program is to nurture the whole child in eight different ways. These areas are cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, spiritual and physical. We also stress independence and the responsibilities of stewardship towards others and the earth.
We realize the tremendous growth, especially in social and cognitive processes, at this stage in life and strive to provide developmentally appropriate learning opportunities in fun and meaningful ways.
The “K-3″ classes offer three and five day options for students turning four during the school year or following summer.
Our “K-4″ program is a five-day class and serves students who will turn five during the school year or following summer. The three-day programs are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Class sizes range from ten to twelve students, and each room functions with a Lead Teacher and Teaching Assistant. For your convenience, we offer several different pick-up times throughout the day.
Zoo-phonics utilizes the “hierarchy of learning” which follows this progression: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The program uses fun animals and kinesthetic movements in reinforcing letter sounds.
At the YK-3 and K-3 levels, we focus on phonemic awareness, or the sounds associated with letters. In K-4, we continue to use Zoo-phonics in conjunction with the K-4 Language Arts program, Happily Every After. This program is designed to accompany the Superkids reading and language arts curriculum our students use in K5 through second grade.
Similarly, the preschool students experience Handwriting without Tears (HWT), the handwriting system used at St. Mark’s through the third grade. HWT was designed by an Occupational Therapist and incorporates contemporary research on developing fine motor skills and coordinates with the Happily Ever After/Superkids program.
Handwriting without Tears Math uses manipulatives and children’s literature to reinforce pre-math and early math concepts.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! – Psalm 96:9
St. Mark’s White House students are taught Christian Education and attend Chapel Service each week. Our preschool students are introduced to the Bible stories through music, prayer, puppet play and drama. The values of caring, sharing and loving are taught at the White House in a Christ-like environment. Our goal is to help our children develop a Christian character and see themselves as unique and special creations of God. Chapel is held every Thursday morning in the White House and families are welcome and encouraged to attend. Service times are 8:40 for our K-4 students and 9:00 for the YK-3 and K-3 students.
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:14
This program invites preschoolers to discover God, themselves, and one another through our sacred stories. Based on Jerome Berryman’s work in the Montessori tradition, Godly Play uses a careful telling of scripture stories, engaging story figures, and activities to encourage children to seek and find answers to their faith questions. Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God.
Masterpiece of the Month
The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature. Genesis 9:16
Through art, music, and movement, students will experience the work of great artists in a whole new way! In addition to learning basic art concepts, design elements and skills, students will try their hand at creating art in the style of the featured artists.
Music and Creative Movement
Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. Psalm 149:3
The curriculum for Music and Creative Movement exposes students to all types of music from religious hymns to seasonal songs and nursery rhymes. This high-energy class combines fine and gross motor coordination with the joy of aerobic play. Basic musical concepts are presented and the children enjoy experimenting with items such as musical instruments, scarves and the parachute…to name a few! The program works to promote positive social interaction and communication skills while building self-esteem.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4
St. Mark’s White House students will begin to have an awareness of the Spanish language through traditional Spanish songs, rhymes and games. They will learn colors, counting, animal names, names for parts of the body, and simple Spanish phrases. Our preschool students will be immersed in “dialogue-rich” learning activities that will compliment their Spanish instruction as they progress through St. Mark’s Cathedral School.
Mrs. Robin Carter is the Preschool ASM Director. The fun continues with ASM at the White House! After 11:30, students are offered both planned activities and free play options. Your child will experience cooking, science, math concepts, music and art. Each month will feature a different children’s author as well. At 1:30, the students rest for approximately one hour. Those students staying after 3:00 will create a cumulative cookbook as well!
Preschool ASM children have the option of bringing a lunch from home or ordering catered lunches through the St. Mark’s lunch program. Water and milk may also be ordered through the school. We offer daily dismissal times of 1:30, 3:00, 4:30 and 5:30. For information, contact Robin Carter at email@example.com.