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St. Johns Steppingstones

12508 Lynn Ave S
Savage, MN 55378

Phone:
(952) 846-4663

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St. John’s Steppingstones is a child-centered preschool that provides enrichment and school readiness in a program that reflects the moral and spiritual values of the enrolled families.

Steppingstones has a sound academic program which enable the children to grow spiritually, socially, emotional and academically. We also have the benefit of being located in a large school and have a large amount of interaction with the school. As a result the preschool children have an easy transition into kindergarten because they consider it as part of their school. Steppingstones Preschool begins the children on a lifelong journey of learning; we help them cross the first steppingstones that lead from the security of home to the bigger environment of school.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Steppingstones Preschool is a place to begin your child’s education. We know how important this decision is for you and we share your enthusiasm for the wonderful years of exploration and education ahead for your child. Our program is designed to be child-centered, to encourage a balance of spontaneous activity, and structured activity, to provide enrichment rather than acceleration, and to emphasize life skills, acceptance of differences, school readiness, and the values of Catholic families.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Religion: Prayer starting day, and at snack time, daily devotional reading, observance of Church Holidays, and faith filled lessons helping preschooler’s live Christian values. Music: The goal of the study of music is musical literacy for every student. The preschool level is the first level of planned, sequential presentation of musical elements and skills. It is therefore important that proper attention be given to the development of a sequential program, laying a foundation of knowledge and experience on which to build in the elementary and upper grade music classes. Gym Time: Use of indoor or outdoor equipment to develop large motor skills and enhance self esteem. Language Arts: Children’s literature, story charts, flannel board activities, puppets, creative dramatics, poetry, and sharing time. Free Choice Play: Role play, library, science discovery center, manipulatives, readiness – math and reading activities, construction, puzzles, games, water and sand play, easel, and puppetry. Library: Familiarization with a library and development of independent skills, checking out, care of, and returning books, appreciation of books and enjoyment of books. Art: Self expression, small muscle development, process oriented daily activities. Experimenting with play dough, clay, paints, finger paints, chalk, glue, glue sticks, paper, crayons, hole punches, scissors, water base markers, fabric, yarn, beads, etc. Computers: Exposure to the computer as a tool for learning and enjoyment, and reinforcement and enrichment of curricular offerings.

From the Director:

Our program is designed to be child-centered, to encourage a balance of spontaneous activity, and structured activity, to provide enrichment rather than acceleration, and to emphasize life skills, acceptance of differences, school readiness, and the values of Catholic families. We believe that play is the work of young children and that toys are the tools children use to develop their many skills and abilities. Our environment is designed to stimulate play, intellectual development, risk taking, social interaction, physical development, language proficiency, spatial perspective, and respect for Catholic values.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each of our 7 preschool teachers (including 1 Music Specialist) hold a Minnesota Teaching license and all staff members are First Aid and CPR certified, are required to attend conferences, workshops, and classes throughout the school year, and have 10 or more hours of in-service training yearly.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

St. John’s Steppingstones is a child-centered preschool that provides enrichment and school readiness in a program that reflects the moral and spiritual values of the enrolled families. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and all faiths are warmly welcomed.

A Typical Day

Steppingstones Preschool Daily Curriculum
The following opportunities will be provided as part of Steppingstones curriculum to encourage children to explore, manipulate, discover, create, experiment, and interact:
I. Art
- Self expression, small muscle development, process oriented daily activities
- Experimenting with play dough, clay, paints, finger paints, chalk, glue, glue sticks, paper, crayons, hole punches, scissors, water base markers, fabric, yarn, beads, etc.

II. Clean Up/Bathroom
- Develop healthy habits
- Develop cooperation and a sense of responsibility
- Independence

III. Computer
- Exposure to the computer as a tool for learning and enjoyment
- Reinforcement and enrichment of curricular offerings.

IV. Curriculum Topics
- 3 ½-4’s to 4 Year Olds: All About Me, Babies, Butterflies, Caps, Christmas, Colors, Easter, Fairy Tales, Farms, Friends, Halloween, Living Things, Make Believe, My Body, Nutrition, Pets, Rainbows, Safety, Shapes, Snow, Teddy Bears, Thanksgiving, Trains, Valentine, Water, Wind, Zoo

- 4’s and 4 ½ to 5 Year Olds: Apples, Alphabet, Bears, Birds, Camping, Careers, Community, Disabilities, Easter, Fairy Tales, Fall, Farm, Food Groups, Freezing/Melting, Friendship, Frogs, Habitats, Halloween, Hibernation, Holidays Around the World, Growth, Insects, Ladybugs, Lent, Magnets, Math,Minnesota, Money, Native Americans, Nutrition, Ocean Life, Owls, Personal Information, Pond Life, Prehistoric Times, Rainbows, Reptiles, Rural Living, Safety, Science, Space,Spatial Relationships, Thanksgiving, Tools, Trees, Valentine, Weather, Whales, Winter, Zoo

V. Free Choice Play
- Role play, library, science discovery center, manipulatives
- Readiness – math and reading activities, construction, easel, and puppetry

VI. Large Motor/Gym Time
- Use of indoor or outdoor equipment to develop large motor skills
- Enhance self esteem

VII. Language Arts
- Children’s literature, story charts, flannel board activities, puppets
- Creative dramatics, poetry, and sharing time

VIII. Library
- Familiarization with a library and development of independent skills
1. Checking out, care of, and returning books
2. Appreciation of books
3. Enjoyment of books

IX. Music
- Singing, listening, movement, dance, instruction, enjoyment
- Melody, rhythm, harmony/tonality, dynamics, tone color, musical form, appreciation of music
- Performance of music by students and performance etiquette of the students

X. Religion
- Prayer starting day, and at snack time
- Daily devotional reading
- Observance of Church Holidays
- Faith filled lessons helping preschooler’s live Christian values
- Child Protecting Curriculum

XI. Snack
-Encourage good eating habits and try new foods
- Develop table manners
- Socialize

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have the benefit of being located in a large school and have a large amount of interaction with the school. As a result the preschool children have an easy transition into kindergarten because they consider it as part of their school. Steppingstones Preschool begins the children on a lifelong journey of learning; we help them cross the first steppingstones that lead from the security of home to the bigger environment of school.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year