Curriculum

The Saint Stephen's Preschool program provides a stimulating environment in which a child can maximize his or her potential. Our goal as educators is to teach children how to become life-long learners. We want them to become independent, confident learners by teaching them HOW to learn. This skill will not only help them in school, but throughout their lives. We want the children to be enthusiastic about learning therefore we provide an environment full of purposeful and productive play experiences. Our classrooms foster exploration and discovery that encourages growth in all areas.

Our curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development:

  • Social/emotional: to help children develop independence, self-confidence, and self-control, follow rules and routines, make friends, and learn what it means to be part of a group.
  • Physical: to increase children’s large muscle skills – balancing, running, jumping, throwing, and catching – and use the small muscles in their hands to do tasks like buttoning, stringing beads, cutting, drawing, and writing.
  • Cognitive: to acquire thinking skills such as the ability to solve problems, to ask questions, and to think logically – sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, and making patterns – and to use materials and their imagination to show what they have learned.
  • Language: to use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations with others, understand the purpose of print, recognize letters and words, and begin writing for a purpose.

Through the activities we plan and the way we organize the classroom, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, we seek to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.

“A Parent’s Guide to Preschool”

Teaching Strategies

The curriculum provides students with opportunities for:

  • Constructive play
  • Positive social/emotional interaction
  • Development of communication skills between children
  • Physical development
  • Creative expression
  • Practice of reason and logical thinking
  • Decision making and safe risk taking
  • Development of responsibility
  • Increased independence

 

Goals for specific ages:

Babies/Creepers

  • Use a variety of toys to develop fine/gross motor skills (stacking blocks, musical instruments, classroom toys, etc)
  • Experience various textures and sounds using classroom toys
  • Listen to stories, songs, and nursery rhymes
  • Experience stimulation through teacher/child conversations, outdoor strolls, verbal games, classroom mirrors, and peers
  • Begin to self-feed using finger foods
  • Begin to repeat sounds and say recognizable words
  • Begin crawling/walking/pulling up to standing position
  • Play simple games and imitate simple movements
  • Recognize his/her own name

Some weekly/monthly themes may include:

  • Holidays
  • Seasonal Themes
  • Toddlers
  • Practice self-help skills (eating, washing hands, etc)
  • Follow simple one and two step directions
  • Make appropriate choices
  • Listen tentatively to short stories
  • Recognize songs, nursery rhymes, etc.
  • Develop independent behaviors
  • Appropriately express both positive and negative feelings
  • Participate alone and with a group in a variety of experiences
  • Develop respect for one’s own property and that of others
  • Recognize and respect the feelings and needs of others
  • Develop basic fine motor skills (finger paint, painting, coloring, using markers, clay, sand, etc.)
  • Develop basic gross motor skills (climbing, swinging, stacking blocks, etc)

Some weekly/monthly themes MAY include:

Holidays | Seasonal Themes

2’s

  • Eat and drink with limited spilling
  • Sit at table for entire meal
  • Practice self-help skills (dressing, eating, packing backpack, washing hands, picking up toys, etc)
  • Follow simple one and two step directions
  • Listen attentively to short stories
  • Make appropriate choices
  • Work in small groups
  • Recite nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs, etc.
  • Name and match colors, sizes, shapes, and body parts
  • Recognize basic shapes such as a circle, square and some letters
  • Use conflict resolution strategies (sharing, taking turns, etc.)
  • Jump, balance on one foot, catch and throw a ball etc.
  • Use fine motor skills such as stringing beads, using play dough, etc.
  • Develops fine motor skills through the use of crayons, paints, markers, paste, and puzzles
  • Recognize opposites
  • Recognize and sort familiar objects with the same color, size, or shape
  • Name members and relationship of family
  • Use language to express wants and ideas
  • Counting
  • Recognize letters and numbers
  • Recognize printed name

Some weekly/monthly themes MAY include:
Opposites | Holidays | Seasonal Themes | Trains | Nursery Rhymes | Five Senses

3’s

  • Practice taking turns
  • Learn to play simple games
  • Nursery Rhymes, Finger Plays, songs, etc.
  • Directional words (under, beside, etc.)
  • Walk, jump, hop, and run on one and two feet
  • Throw and catch a large ball
  • Correctly hold a crayon or a marker
  • Begin cutting with scissors
  • Sort objects based on shape or color
  • Name and match the primary colors
  • Begin to write his/her own name
  • Recognize letters and numbers
  • Write letters and numbers
  • Working with Patterns, sequencing, graphing, similarities and differences, etc.
  • Recognize letters and the sounds they make

Some weekly/monthly themes MAY include:
Holidays | Seasonal | Nursery Rhymes | Community Helpers | Fables and Folktales

4’s

  • Point and name familiar body parts and objects
  • Recognize basic shapes and primary colors
  • Follow simple one and two step directions
  • Recognize numbers and letters
  • Recognize sounds of letter
  • Classify common objects according to common attributes
  • Compare and Contrast objects according to a predetermined criteria
  • Develop observations skills using the 5 senses
  • Make predictions
  • Recognize simple patterns
  • Develop basic concepts of space, time, and numbers
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Recall and describe events
  • Develop vocabulary
  • Relate experiences
  • Repeat familiar nursery rhymes, songs, and jokes
  • Retell stories in own words
  • Participate in writing activities
  • Express ideas, feelings, and experiences through stories and drawings
  • Exhibit age-appropriate balance and coordination skills
  • Safely use outdoor equipment for climbing, riding, swinging, etc.
  • Develop self-help skills (hand washing, dressing, etc.)
  • Develop cooperative behaviors for interactions with others

Some weekly/monthly themes MAY include:
Seasons | Holidays | Friendship | Shapes | Love | Farm Animals | Ocean | Community Helpers | Weather | Earth/Solar System
Shadows | Insects | Birds | All About Me | Pets | Plants | Feelings/Manners

Contact Information

Director: Leslie Dunlap
Email: leslie@ssechurch.org

Assistant Director: Mary Ann Sherman
Tigger Time Director: Jennifer Bemowski

Phone: 205-967-6317

Saint Stephen's Preschool
3775 Crosshaven Drive
Birmingham, AL 35223