St. Nicholas School

Saint Nicholas Pre-School & Pre-Kindergarten
“The Head Start That Lasts a Lifetime”

Our dedicated, nurturing teachers provide a “home away from home” in a secure, loving environment for positive learning experiences. Our Preschool offers a full-day program, as well as a part-time program for children from 18 months to 5 years old.

TODDLERS
18 Months to 30 Months Old

The Toddler Program is specifically designed to target all aspects of development in order to maximize potential in the areas of academics, physical growth, social skills and emotional maturation.

Our newly remodeled Toddler Room is the ideal learning space for children between 18 and 30 months old. “St. Nicholas Sea” features a 360° under-water themed mural, with cartoon-style sea creatures, creating an engaging and stimulating environment in which to learn, explore, promote language, and independence. The space has an automated restroom to encourage toilet training and good hygiene.

Language Arts

  • Increase receptive and expressive language
  • Follow 1-2 step directions
  • Build a rote understanding of the alphabet
  • Develop oral skills to learn 3-4 word sentences
  • Recognize the child’s own name, and those of his/her peers

Math

  • Foster a rote understanding of the numbers 1-10, shapes, and counting
  • Work in small group and individual work time activities

Basic Physical Objectives

  • Self-awareness and health
  • Identify basic parts of the body
  • Run and climb
  • Use a scooter/ride a tricycle
  • Use the bathroom independently

Social and Emotional Goal

  • Share space and equipment (with adult facilitation)
  • Identify basic feelings of self and peers
  • Express feelings, needs, ideas with adult facilitation
  • Participate in cooperative play facilitated by an adult

PRESCHOOL
Two and Three Year Olds

The Program is closely aligned with the Preschool Learning Foundations from the California Department of Education for children 2-5 years of age. The material is specifically designed to target all aspects of development in order to maximize potential in the areas of academics, physical growth, social skills and emotional maturation.

Theme
A new theme is introduced each month in order to target non-academic areas of learning such as:

  • Self-awareness
  • Autonomy
  • Rhythm and movement
  • Spatial awareness
  • Coordination
  • Cooperation

Theme-based activities also provide opportunities for creative and age-appropriate lessons in more complex academic subject matter such as:

  • Science and the Environment
  • Space
  • Safety
  • Weather
  • Oceanography
  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Geography

Language and Math
Both the Math and Language Arts sections maintain a higher than average developmental progression that allows the curriculum to be individualized for children demonstrating advanced academic aptitude, as well as modifications for those students who require extra time and repetition. Field trips and on-campus attractions enhance learning through experiencing

  • Animals
  • Nature
  • Pioneer Life

Physical Education
St. Nicholas places an emphasis on educating the whole child by including exercise, athletics and the incorporation of a healthy lifestyle at all grade levels. Preschool students participate in physical activities focused on:

  • Stretching
  • Cardiovascular endurance
  • Skill building such as balance, rolling, throwing and catching.

Religion
Each month children are exposed to core concepts of orthodox practice modified in a way that creates a more concrete understanding of God, Jesus, church, prayer, traditions, holidays and a general foundation for religion and spirituality.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Four and Five Year Olds

The Pre-Kindergarten program at Saint Nicholas School encourages self-expression and creativity developed daily through classroom projects, as well as, school programs. Some of the objectives achieved by our four-year-olds include:

Reading Readiness

  • Emphasis on phonetic skills
  • Learn to recognize the upper and lower case letters
  • Sounds letters make
  • Learn to identify pictures and words that begin with each sound

Number Readiness

  • Number recognition
  • Counting
  • Writing the numbers 1 through 20

Social Development

  • Reinforced by practicing how to make friends and how to be a good friend
  • Working cooperatively in a group and how to follow group directions

Hands-on Activities

  • Especially designed to strengthen hand/eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills

Increasing Attention Span
and taking personal responsibility are developed as children share small group experiences during circle time and through

  • Rhythm
  • Dance
  • Song
  • Finger plays
  • Storytelling

Creative Exploration

  • Painting
  • Modeling
  • Crafting
  • Imaginative Play

Weekly Chapel
Attendance is an integral part of the life of the school and relationships with God are strengthened.

We welcome you to come and observe our program in progress by attending one of our Open Houses or requesting a classroom observation.