Saint Mary of Gostyn offers both preschool and kindergarten programs in a faith-based environment. The preschool program prepares students for the kindergarten curriculum, which stresses academic achievement while accommodating the varying ranges in rate, timing and learning development, both social and physical, that exist in young children. Preschool teacher Debbie Meier and Jill Tierney, director of development and marketing recently spoke about the school’s programs.
Question: Why is early childhood education so important? At what age should students begin school?
Answer: An emergent curriculum in a stimulating and creative environment is essential to your child’s learning experience. A child’s brain is capable of absorbing and recalling information the best at young ages. By the time a child is five, the brain is at 90-percent of development. The more children experience, the more the brain recalls. This can be life experience with family or school experiences. Each experience strengthens the brain. A child may begin child/parent programs as early as the infant years and enter preschool when the child is ready to make the separation from parent.
Question: What can we expect from the school’s early childhood program?
Answer: SMG offers an unparalleled top-rated early childhood program following Illinois Common Core Standards targeting key areas of child development. Children learn in both structural activities and through play. Our preschool program focuses on academics while helping each child gain confidence in his/her own ability to cope in an expanding world, and learn how to build positive relationships with other children and adults.
SMG kindergartners work hard and learn a lot in a very short time. Not only is kindergarten a year to get used to the routine of school, take on new responsibilities and make new friends, but it’s a crucial year to build the foundation for faith and learning.
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