We are committed to providing each and every one of our students an education of consequence that equips them with the skills, habits, attitudes and content needed to successfully develop and navigate an extraordinary and purposeful life. Our program intentionally and consistently cultivates:
• Curiosity and Imagination
• Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
• Initiative and Innovation
• Effective Communication
• Being of Service to our Greater Community
• Christian Values
Our Preschool/Pre-K Program provides our little learners with an exciting entrance into the larger world of learning. Our curriculum provides tactile, visual, auditory and kinesthetic activities to provide a dynamic learning environment. Our curriculum integrates math, science, literacy, social studies, physical education, music and art in our daily activities in an engaging and fun way. We encourage students to ask questions and think critically, especially when engaging in STEAM learning.
Our Preschool/Pre-K Program theories and practices follow the highly regarded Creative Curriculum. The Creative Curriculum provides a foundation for a quality early learning program. The Creative Curriculum values the role of play in the program and it’s role in ensuring academic success. We also align our practices at Shining Cross with the California Department of Education Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards. These standards help us to develop a high-quality educational experience for your child.
Research shows that early exposure to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) is a predictor of later school success. Unlike rote learning, the active learning of a STEAM curriculum helps children develop critical thinking skills such as reasoning, predicting, and problem solving.
Play is the best way for children to develop these interactions, while shaping their whole selves. Part of our school day will encourage different kinds of hands-on learning and working positively with others.
Through Bible stories, character development and visits from the priests, the children will learn the importance of love for others and themselves, thanksgiving, and being of service to others. We also have monthly service learning projects.