Our preschool classroom is a combination of purposeful instruction and active play. We have created a classroom environment that promotes early learning and development. Through a combination of teacher-directed small group lessons, whole group lessons, and active play, exploration and experimentation, the children grow academically as well as thrive with their social-emotional development.
We utilize the Houghton Mifflin Pre-K Series. It is a proven-effective comprehensive program that ensures kindergarten readiness by building the foundation for success in school and life. The program encompasses all subject areas including Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Science and Art. With the use of a variety of learning resources including quality Literature, AlphaFriends Letters, Oral Language Cards, Rhyme and Chant Posters, the children develop their language and literacy skills. They practice listening, speaking, writing, and pre-reading skills including phonological awareness, word/print recognition, and exposure to print concepts.
HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS
The children are exposed to writing in many ways throughout the school day. We adopted the Handwriting Without Tears program for use in the classroom. The primary focus is proper hand grip while exposure and practice with writing letters and numbers. It utilizes fun, engaging and developmentally appropriate instructional methods that enable children to master handwriting as an automatic and comfortable skill.
Our curriculum includes math extensions but we also have the additional Pre-K Math set to augment what is included in the series. The children explore a wide variety of math concepts throughout the year including number sense, classification/patterning, measurement, and geometry with a strong focus on number sense.
The children are invited to explore, discover, and learn more about themselves, relationships with others, and about God's creations through our Religion curriculum. We use the Our Sunday Visitor “I am Special” series.
In addition to the Science concepts introduced in the curriculum, we provide the children with a Science activity and exploration table in the classroom. This is a hands-on way for them to enhance and re-visit the concepts taught in the classroom.
Meet Our Director:
My name is Jean Wilson and I am very excited to be part of the Junior Jaguar Preschool Program. Being part of the staff is like “coming home” for me. I started working at St. Joseph back in 1988 in the Extended Day Care as an aide and later the director. I worked there all through college while I was receiving my degree in Child Development and my Teaching
Credential. Upon completing school, I started my teaching fourth grade here at St. Joseph. I taught fourth grade for three years before starting my own family.
After being home full-time for a several years, I started back to work part-time at Wilson Preschool in Santa Clara as a Parent Education Preschool Teacher. Raising my own children as well as my work at Wilson Preschool helped me to fully appreciate the wonder and importance of Early Childhood Education. I taught all age groups at the preschool level from Toddlers to Pre-K. I also have experience as Resource Specialist in Parent Education. I worked at Choices for Children in San Jose. In that role, I organized and presented workshops for parents on topics related to parenting including Positive Discipline, Taming Temper Tantrums, The Five Keys to Raising Healthy, Happy Eaters and Kindergarten Readiness. I also trained childcare providers on best practices with children in group settings.