At St. Cuthbert School, we use a variety of tools to help our students explore their worlds and develop the skills they need to succeed. Young children learn best by experimenting with their environment through hands-on activities and play. Learning centers give children the hands-on experiences and play opportunities they need to understand the world around them.
In addition to rotating thematic units and centers, we use the Handwriting Without Tears program to advance writing skills. You can learn more about Handwriting Without Tears here.
Children can improve their motor skills, practice problem solving, and learn to work with their classmates while playing in the block learning center. Block play enables children to explore their creative side by building unique structures and communities with blocks, people and animals. The block learning center will also teach children about basic engineering and architectural concepts.
Dramatic play encourages creativity, self-expression, and knowledge of the community. It also gives children opportunities to role play as adults in everyday situations and a variety of careers.
Having a quiet area to practice their reading, writing, and comprehension skills will help children express ideas, explore their interests, and learn about the world around them. A literacy center helps foster skills in children that will influence their overall success in school and in life.
Math and Manipulatives
The math and manipulatives center can help children further develop their fine motor skills and better understand beginning math concepts. Children can also practice their problem-solving skills and improve their hand-eye coordination by sorting counters and participating in other similar activities.
Children can’t spend all day in a classroom. We make sure they get out and move! During the week, the students enjoy time in Music and Movement, Chapel, and Computer.
Music and Movement
Students develop their gross and fine motor skills, cooperation skills, and listening skills, while enjoying various types of music.
Chapel is once a week for 20 minutes, and is led by the Directors, teachers, Fr. Bruce, and others. We start with the Lord’s Prayer, have a short Bible lesson, sing songs using American Sign Language, and we close in prayer.
An optional class for 3 year olds and up, computer helps familiarize students with technology, as well as developing hand/eye coordination, mouse control, and critical thinking.
Classes and Ratios
- 18 month – 2 year olds: 10 children, 2 teachers
- 3 year olds: 12 children, 2 teachers
- 4 year olds: 12 children, 2 teachers
- Bridge to Kindergarten: 12 children, 2 teachers
What does a typical day look like?
The following is the typical schedule for the 3 year old class. All classes have a slightly different schedule.
- 9:00-10:00 Arrival/ Fine motor skills & Open centers
- 10:00-10:30 Bathroom & Snack
- 10:30-11:00 Circle time – Letter of the week, shapes & colors
- 11:00-11:30 Music & Movement
- 11:30-12:00 Art, Math or Pre-writing skills
- 12:00-12:20 Outside
- 12:30-1:00 Bathroom & Lunch
- 1:00-1:15 Quiet Time & Library
- 1:15-1:45 Teacher’s choice of activity, or Outside (depending on weather), Pack backpacks
- 1:45-2:00 Dismiss to Chapel