Preschool

Preschool and STEM

About Us

The vision of St. Malachy Catholic Preschool and STEM program is to build a community of faith for children and their families.  Our mission is to provide the best group atmosphere that is friendly, inviting and secure.  We lead and encourage our students to experience age appropriate spirituality and social development.  We provide a strong academic learning experience in a Catholic environment, “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.” (1 John 3:1). 

 

Our Preschool Students

Clovers:  3 Year Olds 

Shamrocks:  4 and 5 Year Olds, Students must be 4 years of age by August 1 and toilet trained.

 

Academic Excellence

Our Pre-K academic program is World of Wonders.  This curriculum is a developmentally appropriate, research-based program designed to prepare young children for Kindergarten.  World of Wonders is a unit based program which builds a strong foundation for literacy, math, science, social studies, and music, while also continuing to establish social-emotional skills.  Throughout our school year children will be guided to build familiarity with classroom and instructional routines that will make them successful in Kindergarten and beyond. 

 

When We Operate

7:50 AM to 3:00 PM for all-day students (2:30 early dismissal on Wednesdays)

Morning and afternoon half-day options

 

Extended Day Program

St. Malachy School offers an after school program for any student enrolled in St. Malachy.  The hours of operation are from 3:00 - 6:00 every day except for Wednesday, which is 2:30 - 6:00.  Students are given a snack, time to play inside and out.  Extended Day staff supervises students at all times.  

Extended Day phone number:  317-852-2242

Extended Day email: 

 

Faith

Jesus came to bring the good news of God’s love to the world and we are called to continue this mission.  Our Pre-K religion curriculum is Discovering God’s World.  This religious program introduces preschool children to the Catholic community’s life of faith.  The Discovering God’s World curriculum presents human life as a gift of God.  Our goal is to provide information, formation, instruction and participation when we share our life of faith with age appropriate lessons.  The units are seasonal and contain special lessons when appropriate.  This program is in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

 

Social Development

Our Pre-K classroom uses developmentally appropriate lessons with integrated theme-based (centers) learning.  World of Wonders has weekly social-emotional books for enhanced learning and also social-emotional lessons by Mister Rogers to help children develop skills for the transition to Kindergarten.  Transitional activities are used daily in the classroom and also American Sign Language.  

Our goal is to make a home-school connection.  We encourage parents and grandparents to volunteer in the classroom, and we also invite parents and other community visitors with our themed units.  We also have in-school field trips, classroom parties, a Thanksgiving Feast and an End of Year Party with a petting zoo.

 

Unit Centers

Purposeful Play is used daily in our lessons to engage students in conversation and knowledge-building while working (playing) in Centers:  Alphabet, Library and Listening, Writing and Drawing, Dramatic Play, Social Studies, Math and Manipulatives, Science and Discovery, Art and Construction.  

 

STEM

If your student stays all day, they will have STEM enrichment. STEM enrichment encompasses four academic disciplines - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  St. Malachy incorporates religion and art which makes what we do STREAM.  This introduces preschool students to critical thinking skills and begins preparing future generations to thrive in STEM-related businesses and industries.  

 

Shamrocks STEM

Science - STEM enrichment introduces preschoolers to science experiments. They learn to make predictions, make observations, and draw conclusions. They learn the answers to some important questions like: What happens when you put Dove soap in the microwave? How do you make clean mud? How does a thaumatrope work?

Technology - STEM enrichment allows students to learn to work with authentic tools as young as 4 years old. They also get to see a 3D printer in action.

Engineering - STEM enrichment allows students to engineer many projects, students learn to plan, create, and improve their designs. From simple tower building with cups to more complicated igloo building with milk jugs, we utilize our MakerSpace cart to facilitate this hands-on learning experience.

Math - STEM enrichment allows students to spend more time focusing on math skills. We play math games of all kinds and focus on math in everyday skills like lining up. We count syllables and introduce skip counting.


Parents will find that “thinking outside the box” helps children discover a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime.