Nursery School

3, 4 or 5-day program, 3 hours, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-4 years-old

The Mount Merici Nursery School program offers a stimulating and creative environment in which children will enter their first educational experience in a comfortable and wholesome manner. The nursery school program provides a balanced curriculum of skills through age-appropriate activities in a structured setting, while at the same time making learning fun for the children. All children will have the opportunity to experience success when interested in, and capable of, achieving skills above standard age expectations. The curriculum will cover all aspects of a child’s development: physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional. Daily activities are introduced to reinforce the developmental skills that lay a foundation for future academics.

The curriculum will cover the following areas:

  • Reading Readiness
  • Math Readiness
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Visual Discrimination
  • Visual Motor Discrimination
  • Language Development

Reading Readiness:

To establish a basis for understanding the beginning concepts of reading by…

  • Recognizing uppercase letters
  • Recognizing lowercase letters
  • Recalling specific details in a story

Math Readiness:

To establish a basis for understanding the beginning concepts of math by…

  • Recognizing shapes
  • Recognizing colors
  • Recognizing numbers
  • Sorting objects by color, size, & shape
  • Counting to 10
  • Matching objects
  • Counting objects to 5
  • Color patterns
  • Classifying objects

Fine Motor Skills:

To improve small muscle abilities by…

  • Tracing
  • Coloring
  • Painting
  • Cutting
  • Stringing beads
  • Making 8 piece puzzles
  • Buttoning 1 large button
  • Snapping

Gross Motor Skills:

To improve large muscle abilities by…

  • Marching
  • Catching a rolled ball
  • Walking backwards
  • Jumping
  • Hopping on 2 feet
  • Running for 1 minute
  • Throwing a ball 5 feet
  • Alternating feet down steps

Visual Discrimination:

To perceive and express relationships of…

  • Bigger/smaller
  • Taller/shorter
  • Longer/shorter
  • Same/different
  • Copying a color, size, & shape sequence
  • Fast/slow

Visual Motor Coordination:

To develop eye/hand coordination by…

  • Connecting dots on a straight line
  • Copying a circle
  • Copying a cross
  • Connecting dots on a curved line
  • Connecting dots on an angular line
  • Tracing their name
  • Recognizing their first name
  • Copying the letters in their name

Language Development:

To increase vocabulary by naming words associated with…

  • Classroom objects
  • Fire safety
  • Body parts
  • Winter/summer items
  • Feelings
  • Farm animals
  • Zoo animals
  • Traffic safety
  • Items of transportation

Religion:

Children will experience the presence of God through prayer, bible stories, and hands-on art activities. The students will learn how to develop good habits such as courtesy, respect, kindness, helpfulness, cooperation, responsibility, and also how to get along with others and to respect one another, through cooperative play.

Science/Social Studies:

Students are introduced to science through the following topics: weather, seasons, animals, night/day, the body, the five senses, plants, sink/float, butterflies, magnets, personal hygiene, and living/non-living things.

Students are introduced to social studies through the following topics: holidays, fire safety, families, community helpers, feelings, and traffic safety.

Nursery School Students also go to the library once a month, meet with their Book Buddies (3rd grade students) once a month, and also participate in special school-wide programs, including the annual Christmas Concert, Spring Music Concert, the All Saints Day Carnival, the Curriculum Fair, and all school-wide service projects.

Morning and After School Care services are available. Contact us for more information!