Preschool Handbook 2020-2021
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Little Vikings Preschool Program

For Ages 3 and 4

Our preschool program promotes the development of each child’s mind, body, and soul.  Our preschool curriculum is focused on the building blocks for kindergarten readiness and includes language skills, math readiness, motor skills, social skills, music, science, art, social studies, and religion.

Our curriculum also includes teaching our children cooperative behaviors such as helping, taking turns, sharing, comforting, and compromising.  Our program uses a hands-on approach to learning and our preschool learning includes field trips.

The philosophy and goals of our preschool program are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Diocese of Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Education.

Preschool Program Days & Hours
3 year old a.m. class Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
3 year old p.m. class Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:15a.m.- 1:45 p.m.
4 year old a.m. class Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
4 year old p.m. class Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Our Advantage

We provide a safe, loving, and nurturing environment to fully develop the potential of each child. We understand that children are multifaceted, and we value their uniqueness. We strive not only to develop our preschool students scholastically for success in kindergarten, but also develop them socially, emotionally and spiritually.

Morning and afternoon sessions are available.

3-YEAR OLD—TUESDAY & THURSDAY
Morning 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
or
Afternoon 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

4-YEAR OLD—MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY
Morning 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
or
Afternoon 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

ADMISSION AGE

Our preschool admission age is required to conform to the State Department of Education guidelines. To enter our preschool, children must be 3 or 4 years of age on or before September 30 and must be toilet trained.

ACCEPTANCE GUIDELINES

Our mission is, in part, to support and promote Catholic education. To fulfill that mission, applicants will be accepted in the following order:

  1. Siblings of children already enrolled in Sts. Joseph and John School.
  2. Children of registered and active parishioners of St. Joseph Parish or St. John Neumann Parish.
  3. Children of registered and active parishioners of other Catholic parishes.
  4. Others interested in a Catholic preschool education and willing to participate in the full curriculum of the program.

Registration takes place in November for current families and December for new families.

For registration information, contact the school office at (440) 238-4877.
For tuition information, please contact the Accounting Office at (440) 238-4959.

  • Opening Activities
  • Star Of The Day, Calendar, Pledge Of Allegiance, Prayer & Music
  • Daily Lesson
  • Exploration Time
  • Art Project
  • Story Time
  • Snack
  • Religion
  • Bike Room Activity

LANGUAGE ARTS

Language Arts is the development of communication skills that enable children to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences with others. The ability of a child to transfer thoughts into words is the primary skill upon which all language development is based.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Listening, speaking and thinking skills are the foundation of communication. We provide interactive learning experiences that help strengthen these skills and enhance each child’s love of language.

  • LISTENING: Tell and share stories, read books and poetry aloud, conduct finger plays, provide instructions to follow in work and play, and ask followup questions.
  • SPEAKING: Teach children the idea of concepts, work on vocabulary development, and provide sequencing activities.
  • THINKING: Help each child understand their thoughts and feelings and express them verbally and physically through music and art.

PROCESSING SENSORY INFORMATION

To assist in developing communication skills, we help each child build awareness of their five senses. We stimulate our students’ curiosity as to the distinct ways their bodies receive information about their life and the world around them through their five senses. We use interactive play activities to teach our students visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and taste discrimination.

SOCIAL SKILLS

Our curriculum also includes developing expressive language and demonstrating positive social interaction skills. We model and teach our children cooperative communication behaviors such as helping, taking turns, sharing, comforting, and compromising through structured peer interaction.

READING READINESS

Not only does our Language Arts program develop each child’s communication skills, but it also builds a solid foundation for reading. We work on letter recognition and sounds. We also work on strengthening pre-reading skills through rhyming games, letting children tell stories, reading stories together and exploring pictures, and playing sound and word games.

MATHEMATICS READINESS

Mathematics readiness at the preschool level involves the development of cognitive skills, which comes from an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Quantitative concepts
    • Size differences
    • Basic counting skills
    • Sorting/classifying
    • Forming sets
    • Pattern recognition
    • Recognizing numerals

We teach each concept through a wide variety of engaging hands-on manipulatives and play experiences.

The preschool program consists of so many different projects and topics, that it encourages preschoolers to develop their talents and abilities at an early age. —Andrea

MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT

  • GROSS MOTOR SKILLS: We provide a variety of engaging and enjoyable large muscle activities to develop each child’s body coordination, including: dancing, walking, running, balancing, jumping, skipping, hopping, and tricycle/big wheel riding.
  • FINE MOTOR SKILLS: We develop each child’s hand-eye coordination through a variety of fun manipulative play activities, such as: stringing beads, hammering, coloring, painting, pouring, lacing, and using scissors. Not only are these activities essential to develop fine motor skills, but developing dexterity and strengthening the small eye muscles also enhances reading readiness.

RELIGION

Religion is an essential part of our preschool program. At the preschool level, our religion program focuses on the following:

  • developing a positive self-image, as each child is unique, special, and a child of God;
  • discovering and being grateful for the talents God has given each child;
  • understanding that God is loving, forgiving, and accepting;
  • learning bible stories. In addition, we pray at the beginning of class and before we eat.

Sts. Joseph and John School is founded upon three fundamental principles of our educational mission: Values, Academic Excellence and Service. Our foundation fosters in the minds of our students a devotion to character, a passion for learning, and a commitment to public service.

Values: Nurtures the development of character through lessons in ethics, morals, and catholic values.

Academic Excellence: Dedicated to excellence in education and developing a love of learning.

Service: Cultivates the value of giving back to the community and helping others.

In our Little Vikings Preschool, we see our students as explorers. In the first years of a child’s life, they are exploring and modeling the world around them—an important practice in their growth and development. During these exploratory years, the foundation is laid for each child to:

  • Accept Oneself
  • Positively Relate to Others
  • Develop Confidence
  • Develop Independence
  • Learn Responsibility
  • Develop Curiosity, Interest, and a Love of Learning

Throughout our program, your “Little Viking” will continue to explore, discover, investigate, create, and much, much more. Our preschool teachers, aides, and school staff work together to accomplish the following:

  • To successfully transition your child from home to a school atmosphere by providing a happy and rewarding experience in our preschool setting.
  • To nurture a positive self-image in each child.
  • To provide the opportunity for creative self-expression through play, music and art.
  • To develop each child’s social skills of sharing, helping, and positively interacting with others.
  • To teach children to understand and accept responsibility for their own behavior.
  • To help children discover, develop, and be grateful for the talents God has given them.
  • To provide an exceptional curriculum to prepare children for kindergarten.

Mrs. Bosko (Little Vikings Preschool Director), reaches young children in a way I didn’t know was possible. She fosters a lifelong love of learning in all her students. — Jennifer

We are blessed to have such exceptional, dedicated, loving and experienced teachers in our preschool program. Each preschool class has a full-time, specialized teacher who holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has over 30 years of teaching experience. Moreover, each preschool class has two full-time, dedicated aides with many years of experience teaching preschoolers.

LOW STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO

Our teachers get to know each and every one of our preschoolers and treat them like their own. We are truly dedicated to providing an exceptional, personal educational experience.

3–YEAR OLD 5:1
4–YEAR OLD 7:1

Contact Us

For more information, please contact our school office. We welcome you to discover the SJJ advantage!

Sts. Joseph & John School
12580 Pearl road, Strongsville, Ohio 44136 · (440) 238-4877

Mrs. Angela Bosko, Little Vikings Preschool Director/Teacher
Mr. Joseph M. Akosi, Principal