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St. Christopher Preschool: Where Little Knights come to play, pray, and learn.

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St. Christopher Preschool will meet the unique needs of each child by teaching developmentally appropriate skills, in a caring and Catholic-based setting.

The curriculum is based on the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning and Development Standards. Through the use of cooperative and center based activities, our program promotes the spiritual, socio-emotional, intellectual, and physical development of each child.

The goal of the St. Christopher Preschool is to make learning fun and engaging so that each child will develop the skills and confidence necessary to be successful learners and Kindergarten ready.

Our students will:

  1. Develop a positive self-image and a desire to learn.

  2. Develop basic academic and social skills to ensure Kindergarten readiness.

  3. Increase independence and become comfortable with the routines of a school day.

  4. Enjoy being part of a group and accept the need to share and cooperate.

  5. Respect the rights of others and learn self-advocacy skills.

  6. Grow in their Faith.

  7. Have fun!

Children learn through play and cooperation. The St. Christopher Preschool's environment of active play is designed to stimulate and challenge various developmental levels.

The following are some developmentally appropriate activities that children participate in daily in our classrooms:

  • Literacy development helps children build an understanding of language and literature. It includes listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. These activities help build skills in areas such as communication, vocabulary, letter recognition and comprehension. Story time is designed to help preschoolers develop an appreciation and enjoyment of literature.

  • Math activities include hands-on and real life experiences. These activities also help youngsters develop an awareness of numbers, patterns, and shapes.

  • Manipulative activities help students improve visual perception, hand‐eye coordination, problem solving and social skills.

  • Circle time is a group gathering during which the day’s plans and ideas are shared. Circle activities are designed to stimulate thinking, enrich social skills and expand attention span.

  • Art activities help preschoolers creatively express their thoughts and feelings. It also helps reinforce fine motor skills and concept development in areas such as colors, shapes and size relationships.

  • Fine motor activities help improve small muscle development and hand eye coordination. Some common items that can be used in developing these skills include puzzles, laces, pegboards and crayons.

  • Gross motor activities give children the opportunity to use their muscles as well as their imaginations as they engage in fun, healthy exercises such as running, jumping and climbing.

  • Block play gives children experience with many different concepts such as shape and size discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills, balance and organization. Cooperative play skills, problem solving and creativity are also promoted in block play.

  • Music activities promote listening skills, creative expression and social skills. In music children can explore sound, volume, tempo and rhythm.

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The St. Christopher Preschool's environment of active play is designed to stimulate and challenge various developmental levels.

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Our Preschool program promotes the spiritual, socio-emotional, intellectual, and physical development of each child.

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Children learn through play and cooperation.

School Calendar

St. Christopher “Little Knights” Preschool will be in session from September 9, 2019 to May 15, 2020. A school calendar can be found in the school handbook and will also be provided to each family. The Preschool will not be in session on days the St. Christopher Parish School is not in session; including calamity and day school in-service days.

Age Guidelines:

  • 3-Year Old Program – Must turn three by September 30, 2019 and be toilet-trained.

    • Days Attending: Monday -Wednesday: 8:15 –11:15 AM Session (Two Day option (M/T) within the same class also available)

  • 4 and 5 Year Old Program – Must turn four by September 1 and be toilet-trained.

    • Days Attending: Monday – Thursday (four days) 8:15 –11:15 AM Session

If the morning programs are filled the school will consider offering a 12:15-2:45 PM session. This would be subject to a minimum enrollment requirement.

Registration:

You may register your child by completing the Preschool registration form and returning it to the St. Christopher School Office with the nonrefundable $75 registration fee. The registration fee for a second child is $25 and the family maximum is $100. The registration form can be found on our Admissions page, on Gradelink (for current school families), or at the St. Christopher School office.

Tuition:

The tuition schedule for the 2019-20 school year is as follows:

3 Year Old (2 Day) 3 Year Old (3 day) 4 and 5 Year Old (4 Day)
Monthly (9 months) $166.67 $194.44 $222.22
One Time Payment $1,500.00 $1,750.00 $2,000.00
Afternoon Session* $1,400.00 $1,600.00 $1,800.00

*Subject to availability

Optional 5th day - A Fun Friday! This is an extension of the 4/5 program with a structured and themed activity each session. Sign-up will be available for select Fridays at a cost of $20 per each session.

Lunch Buddies

On select days, children are welcome to join Lunch Buddies. The children will stay for one additional hour to eat lunch and play with their preschool friends. Children should bring their own lunch. The cost of the “Lunch Buddies” is $8 a day. Sign up procedures can be found in the St. Christopher Preschool Hand. Lunch Buddies will begin approximately three weeks after the start the preschool sessions.

 

Please call (440) 331-3075 or email St. Christopher Preschool Director, Scott Raiff at sraiff@scsrr.org, if you have any questions.