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ST. JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL
ST. JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Montessori Preschool staff believes in the education of the whole child. We feel that each area of his/her development is of equal importance. We offer each child a stimulating environment where intellectual, social-emotional, spiritual and physical growth is nurtured through an integrated curriculum presented by caring adults.
Children in Montessori Preschool will develop:
Our Montessori Preschool classrooms include a full range of materials to enhance child development. Classrooms are carefully arranged to allow easy access to a variety of learning experiences. Materials which are creative and stimulating are placed on shelves in an orderly manner, patiently awaiting each child’s developing interest, to engage in the following areas of learning.
1. Practical Life Exercises are satisfying and help build:
• Small and Large muscle development
• Social relations
• Love of Order
2. Sensorial Materials help children use their senses to define:
• Visual and tactile discrimination
• Color and shape
• Sound, smell and taste
3. Art Materials in the classroom allow children to explore and express ideas
through various forms of media.
• Scissor cutting and gluing
• Crayons, markers and colored pencils
4. Language Materials focus on:
• Sounds and letter recognition
• Patterning and sequencing
• Beginning, middle and end word sounds
• Phonetic learning
5. Math Materials help build:
• Number recognition, counting skills and number formation
• Classifying and sorting skills
• Simple addition and subtraction
• Introduction to decimal system
6. In the Geography Area children will learn about:
• Our world and landforms
• Globes and puzzle maps
• Cultural geography
7. Science Materials assist in exploring:
• Magnetic and non-magnetic
• States of matter
• Botany and living science
• Incubation of chick eggs
8. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
• Infancy Narratives
• Altar Work
• Paschal Mysteries
• Practical Life
• Biblical Geography
• Kingdom of God Mysteries
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a program that, along with Montessori methods, teaches children about Jesus and the love he has for us all. Children will be guided through the program by a qualified Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Catechist.
Morning preschool – 5 days a week from 8 am to 11 am
Afternoon preschool – 4 days a week from 12 pm to 3 pm (no preschool on Wednesdays)
Montessori Preschool is open to all children from ages 2 ½ to 5 years of age and potty trained.
10:1 ratio between students and teachers
Prepares students for Kindergarten
Indoor and outdoor play
Annual Classroom Activities
Valentine’s Day Party
Chicks in spring
Susan McLain >>
Janet Bambock >>
Janet Bambock received her certification from the Montessori Institute of America in 2008, but she has been involved in the Montessori Preschool program at St. Joseph’s Catholic School since 2004. She is happy and excited to be working with the young children of our community and parish. She believes the best part about Catholic education is being able to use the gospel standards in all aspect of teaching academics, as well as emotionally, socially and spiritually, teaching the whole person. Mrs. Bambock is a St. Joseph’s Catholic School alumni and she chooses SJS for her children’s education.
Leslie Hieb >>
Leslie Hieb received her Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Columbia Basin College and her Montessori certification from North American Montessori Center. She found the value of St. Joseph’s Catholic School while volunteering in her child’s preschool classroom. She began working for SJS in 2008 and has learned many different teaching styles and techniques which have provided her with great experience that she implements in her classroom. Mrs. Hieb believes the best thing about this school is praying with our students. To be able to hear all the wonderful prayers from preschoolers is truly amazing. Mrs. Hieb chooses SJS for her children’s education.
Melissa Halter >>
Melissa Halter graduated with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, earned two Montessori certifications, and her Catechesis of the Good Shepherd endorsement. She has been teaching at St. Joseph's for 13 years. Melissa loves the Good Shepherd program and enjoys seeing the faith and joy her students share.