Saint Theresa Little Flower Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes have a solid academic program based on the curriculum guidelines provided by the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Phoenix. Activities are determined by early childhood instructional standards of education using learning experiences and play activities that encourage spiritual, cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth in a spirit of gospel values.
Religion – discover and grow in their relationship with God through Christ centered activities that teach them to love Him, family and self through prayer, participation at Mass, stories and songs which begins to shape their Catholic identity
Language and Literacy – develop early reading, writing and verbal skills while enjoying classic stories and parables of Christ’s life through creative lessons and activities that enable the child to share their world with others
Mathematics – develop cognitive skills through classification, comparison, positional relationships, quantities, sequencing, one-to-one correspondence, volume and time
Personal – Social Development – learn skills to help the child relate to his/her world through positive interactions with others and establish personal autonomy through developing self-care and cooperative play skills
Social Studies – experience a sense of belonging to a community of Catholic faith. Learn respect and care for self, all others and the world God has gifted us with.
Science – observe and examine the wonder of God’s creations through senses that are used to discover and experience, which promotes questions and exploration
Spanish – experience opportunities for exposure to another language, understanding and reciting parts of the body, days of the week, colors, numbers (count from 1-10), simple phrases and prayers
Creative Art Experiences – develop fine motor skills through joyful, creative activities of self-expression with a variety of art materials including paper, fabric, paint, scissors, glue, clay, pencils, markers and crayons
Music – appreciate music through learning songs and prayer filled hymns by listening, singing, dancing and movement, rhythm skills and instruments
Physical Education – develop large motor skills through physical activities that promote health, wellness, and cooperation with others
ADMINISTRATION & SERVICES
The Saint Theresa Little Flower Preschool offers a full day program for three and four year old children. Our developmental program focuses on social skills and emotional growth. Teaching activities are primarily experienced through play activities in large and small groups. Activities will include pre-math and pre-reading skills, group play, role playing, discussions, and perceptual motor skills.
Saint Theresa Little Flower Preschool admits students of any race, national origin, or religion to all the rights, privileges, programs, or activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, or religion in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, and other school administered programs.
Age requirements are strictly enforced. Students must be 3 years of age before September 1 for Preschool and 4 years of age before September 1 for Pre-kindergarten.
Upon arrival, parent or responsible adult will walk the child to their classroom and sign-in their child on the attendance page, which can be found in the binder near the entrance of their classroom. The signature needs to be the first initial and full last name of the person checking in the student. Time of check-in is required.
At dismissal, the parent or responsible adult must come to the classroom and sign the child out on the attendance page. If someone other than the parent is picking up the child, a dated and signed note, phone call or email from the parent must be received by the teacher before dismissal, giving the name of the person picking up the child. This person should be listed on the blue Emergency Information and Immunization Record Card in the authorized individuals to collect child if parent cannot be contacted section. Preschool staff will not allow a child to go home with any person other than parent or the adult that has been authorized by parents. If prior notice was not given, staff is directed to call parents for authorization. ID will be required to show at the door before the child is dismissed. Parents must be on time to pick the children up at the end of class.