4K at St Michael and All Angels Early Learning Center

Our 4K program will prepare your child for kindergarten in many ways. We focus on providing a safe learning environment where your child feels secure. We believe in making connections with your children to give them a sense of belonging and a feeling of being loved. These two social-emotional components, a sense of security and connections, must be present for your child to be ready to learn. We use the nationally-recognized and state-approved Creative Curriculum in which children learn through purposeful play, hands-on activities, and explorative and investigative experiences. We supplement with “We Learn” curriculum which takes a thematic unit study approach that includes Christian concepts, a focus on literacy and developing a love of books as well as readiness skills in math, science, art, and social studies. We use the Nationally Recognized Conscience Discipline’s brain-state model to build connections with the children, develop a sense of family and community in which they feel they are an important part of, as well as teaching self-regulation skills. All these components together assure school readiness for our students. We have a very low teacher/student ratio. The 4K lead teacher is required to hold a minimum of an AA degree in Early Childhood Care and Education or a BA or BS degree in a related field. All lesson plans meet SC Early Learning standards and will be indicated on the lesson plans posted for you to see in the classroom as well as in our Life Cubby app.

Below are some of our objectives for our 4K program:

*engage in longer conversations using a greater variety of words

*build relationships with teachers and be able to talk about their feelings

*control impulses with fewer reminders

*seek out other children and build relationships with them

*trace letters and learn to write their name

*learn to love books and that letters make up words that we read and speak

*develop a longer attention span

*begin to recognize letters and the sounds they make

*begin to identify the beginning sound of words

*begin to recognize sight words

*counting objects by 1s, 5s and 10s to 100

*gain an understanding of number words

*identify patterns and shapes in their environment

*identify groups by more or fewer

*develop a sense of time

*use deductive reasoning to solve problems

*classify, label, sort

*create detailed artwork that includes people, animals, and things

*learn about our community and interact with community helpers who visit our center

These are just a small portion of the things your child will learn. We also partner with Richland County First Steps that provides us with a technical assistance provider weekly so that we are always improving quality in our classrooms. We offer music, children’s choir, chapel, Amazing Athletes, family engagement activities, and much more. Our children are growing spiritually, intellectually, physically, social-emotionally each day…. come grow with us!!!

 

3K at St Michael and All Angels Early Learning Center

In our 3K program, your child will learn through purposeful play and thematic unit studies that support optimum development during these important formative years using the state-approved Creative curriculum and the well-known “We Learn” curriculum. Your child will learn to develop self-regulation skills through loving, nurturing interactions with qualified teachers based on the brain-state model of the Nationally Recognized Conscious Discipline program. All lesson plans are age-appropriate and in line with SC Early Learning Standards to assure your child is learning what is developmentally appropriate at this age. The standards will be referenced on the lesson plans which are posted in the classroom and on our Life Cubby App. Low teacher/student ratios are top priority. The 3K lead teacher is required to have a minimum of 15 early childhood credit hours and preferably be pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Below are some of our objectives for 3K program:

*engage in longer conversations using a greater variety of words

*build relationships with teachers and be able to talk about their feelings

*control impulses with fewer reminders

*seek out other children and build relationships with them

*label own feelings and those of others

*scribbles begin to take shape

*begin to recognize some letters

*can recognize their name and the names of friends

*increase attention span

*understand directional words

*sort by color, size, shape

*follow multi-step directions

*memorize text to simple repetitive books such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear

*begin to understand number words

*begin to count objects

*learn about our community and interact with community helpers who visit our center