The Early Childhood Education Program at St. Clement’s School is a springboard for our youngest learners. Our program provides the first opportunity for children to develop a love for the process of learning. It provides a chance to show children that school is a place where a child can feel safe, loved and respected. Our Early Childhood Education Program gives young children the opportunity to understand boundaries and rise to expectations. Children learn how to form positive relationships with adults outside their families. They learn how to be a friend, how to handle change and how to function independently. This is the essence of our program – the springboard.
Beyond the springboard, our Early Childhood Education Program provides many more opportunities for our budding young learners. Our students enjoy learning through play, the language of learning for children. Learning Centers are created with intention to invite children to explore and discover independently. Learning Centers incorporate opportunities for children to acquire and broaden cognitive and language aptitudes. Students in our program are challenged to create artistically and musically through purposeful learning opportunities in the classroom and during content specific enrichment classes. Children advance their fine motor skills using manipulatives and sensory materials. Gross motor skills are strengthened through practice during playground time, physical education classes and locomotor movement in the classroom setting.
The Creative Curriculum provides a framework for teachers to craft lessons designed to engage students in learning through purposeful play. Thematic units are also used to help generate well rounded lessons with current relevance for students and their families. Students in our program are also exposed to the Spanish language during Spanish enrichment as well as throughout the school day during regular classroom instruction.
Fostering healthy social and emotional development is a cornerstone of St. Clement’s Parish School’s Early Childhood Education Program. It is imperative for a child’s first school experience to provide a foundation for future learning. Our program promotes self-regulation, problem solving and conflict resolution.
In keeping with the school’s mission to promote each child’s academic, spiritual, artistic, physical and intellectual growth, the Early Childhood Education Program strives to nurture the whole child – to meet them where they are and walk with them along their way.