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ST. GILES

Focus on the Whole Child

At St. Giles, we believe that lifelong learning begins in the earliest of years. That’s why we continually challenge ourselves to be leaders in the area of Early Childhood Education and ensure our students and their families are provided every opportunity for educational success. Our recently refurbished and enhanced Early Childhood Education Center is a testament of our commitment to the youngest members of our school community.

Preschool Program Goals

  • To help children experience school as a safe, loving place
  • To provide caring teachers who are present to guide students
  • To further develop a natural love of learning in each student
  • To support the social development of children as they learn to be part of a community
  • To create an awareness that a loving God is present in the classroom

Preschool Curriculum 

Our curriculum provides the building blocks to help children transition from a world of play to a world of learning and community. It successfully prepares them for their future life as a student both in and outside of the classroom. The curriculum is focused on the following areas:

  • Phonemic awareness: introduce an enriching vocabulary and share books that initiate discussion
  • Pre-reading skills: build visual discrimination, visual perception, sequencing, prediction & story-telling
  • Fine & gross motor skills: teach appropriate use of crayons & scissors, learn to work with manipulative materials (puzzles, clay & paint), move from parallel to interactive play, develop sense of color & one-on-one awareness
  • Music: learn appreciation through the Musikgarten program, singing and listening, participation in rhythm band. Preschool teachers are certified Musikgarten instructors.
  • Math and Science: observe the seasons & nature, graphing, one-on-one counting
  • Social growth: enhance curriculum goals to provide social growth and the ability to listen and follow directions
  • Seeds magazine is used to focus on weekly themes from the Sunday Gospels.

Kindergarten Goals 

Our kindergarten program has three primary goals:

  1. Develop a child’s confidence in his or her ability to learn through activities and play
  2. Focus on helping a child acquire the appropriate social skills
  3. Increase the awareness of God’s love through Bible stories, prayer, and liturgy

Kindergarten Curriculum 

Our curriculum is focused on three key areas and our curriculum goals are designed to develop the whole child in an activity-based, child-centered atmosphere.

  • PEarly Reading: Our environment is interactive, encouraging communications and reading for the development of listening/speaking skills and writing/reading skills/phonemic awareness
  • Language Arts: Children gain valuable skills for future success including reading high-frequency words, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and written/oral expression
  • Math: Daily routine fosters skills with sorting/classifying & counting patterns, graphing, numerals, calendars & clocks, measurement, addition & subtraction concepts, geometry & fractions
  • Social Studies and Science:  Themes are integrated with the Reading series.
  • Religion:  Religion infuses St. Giles’ school climate through annual themes, weekly Mass, behavior expectations, and lessons from the Religion curriculum.
  • Computers: Computer activities are integrated with various curriculum units.

“St. Giles preschool provided a wonderful, loving start for all three of my children. They grew into confident faithfilled learners ready to move on to kindergarten...”

—Julia Bell, Alumna and parent of three St. Giles students

St. Giles understands the varied needs of our families and students at the early childhood education stage of student life. Therefore, we have developed a flexible program to help accommodate these needs. Below is a summary of the programming offering for the 2020-21 school year:

PreK 3 -
1/2 day program: 8:05 am – 11:15 am
Full day program:  8:05 am - 3:10 pm

  • 2 Day   Tuesday/Thursday
  • 3 Day    Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • 5 Day    Monday – Friday

PreK 4 -
1/2 day program: 8:05 am – 11:15 am
Full day program:  8:05 am - 3:10 pm

  • 4 day  Tuesday – Friday
  • 5 day  Monday – Friday

Kindergarten

  • Daily 8:05 am - 3:10 pm

Before / after school care options

Kids Klub is available for all St. Giles students before school from 7:00 am – 8:05 am and after school from 3:10 pm – 6:00 pm.


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