Reflections by Randy Hodge
|Posted on February 6, 2018 at 10:55 PM|
The education of a child during their developmental years is crucial to their lifelong success. Therefore, it is never too early to begin thinking about your child’s education. St. Patrick School has programs for students beginning at three years of age.
The focus of preschool education is socialization skills. Students learn how to follow rules, play with and be respectful of others including how to share or take turns, converse, problem solve, explore, experiment, and develop their fine motor skills. They learn to do things for themselves and this helps them to build confidence. Finally, they focus on discovering God’s world, developing friendships, and discovering a lifelong love of learning.
Our preschool staff of Mrs. Stacy Russman and Mr. Aaron Thelen have more than two decades of classroom experience and are passionate about preparing our youngest students for the journey of life.
Our developmental kindergarten program acts as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for those students who aren’t quite ready. This may include students who may not meet the age requirement, or they just may need a little more time to mature socially, emotionally, academically or physically before they enter kindergarten. Mrs. Amy Weems, our developmental kindergarten teacher, has almost 20 years of classroom experience.
Kindergarten students are expected to learn much more than their parents and grandparents did in kindergarten. While the curriculum is rigorous, our teacher, Miss Melissa Chamberlain makes it fun and engaging so the students enjoy learning. Students will learn letter sounds, how to put words together, rhyming, sentence building, number sense, patterns, shapes and so many other important skills. They paint, use crayons, markers, and pencils to strengthen their fine motor skills. Students also have access to touch screen chrome books in our computer lab and a Smartboard in their classroom.
Both our DK and kindergarten programs have a full range of specials that include Spanish, art, music, library, physical education and computers.
We encourage you to learn more about our early education programs and scholarships by attending our open house on Thursday, February 15, beginning in our Parish Hall at 6:30 p.m. The open house will include information about each program and will provide an opportunity to visit the classrooms for our early education programs. Welcome Scholarships will be available for new families from the Diocese of Grand Rapids again next year. $250 will be available for preschoolers, $750 for K-8, and $1,000 for 9-11.
If you have further questions regarding St. Patrick’s preschool, DK or kindergarten programs, please contact me at [email protected] or by calling the school at (517) 647-7551. I hope to see you at the open house on Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m.