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St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Preschool

2270 East Stadium Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone:
(734) 821-2290

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Children are afforded a wide range of activities and play materials that reinforce learning. There is a great degree of choice for children to play and explore in areas that they are interested in. Children are encouraged to cooperate and work together to solve problems. Teacher support is only a step away.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Literacy play kits, games, magnets, etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Math play kits, games, manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Science units, puzzles, books, games
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Singing at circle, transitions, etc. Weekly music time with the Music Teacher.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Daily art activities and weekly
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught St. Francis offers Spanish in grades PK-7th and as an elective in 8th grade. The Pre-Kindergarten classroom participates in structured weekly Art, Music, Library, Gym and Spanish

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Because our staff to student ratio is high there is a lot of room for individual time. The staff routinely discuss the needs of individual children to plan for individual needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is a family-centered ministry of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish community where each student is valued, respected and nurtured as a unique creation of God. We challenge our students spiritually, academically and physically to learn, care and lead as they work to discover the plan that God intends for them. As followers of Christ, we strive always to instill in our student the words of St. Francis of Assisi..."Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words."

A Typical Day

7:45-8:30 Free play and social time
8:30 Circle time
8:45-9:15 Library
9:15 Bathroom break/Snack
9:30-10:45 Table time
Centers
Special topic activities
10:45 Bathroom break
11:00-11:30 Outside or Gym
11:30-12:15 Lunch and Table toys
12:15 Nap/Quiet time prep
12:30-2:00 Nap and quiet play
2:00-2:30 Prepare for home or transition
to after-school care

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The center sends home monthly newsletters. The classroom also sends home a newsletter. Notes, phonecalls, emails or direct contact is utilized as needed. Mass emails to all parents are used to communicate time sensitive or important information. The classroom has a bulletin board for parental information. All parents have mailboxes in the room. The school has a parent/student web site where information pertaining to the whole school in available. Parent/Teacher conferences are held twice a year. A student evaluation is provided near the end of the year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage families to bring their child for several visits before the school year starts. We also hold several play groups over the summer so that the children can become familiar with the classsroom. We encourage families to begin to get to know each other and meet for playdates before the school year starts.