St. Therese Early Learning Center

Preschool

Preschool Overview

As your little one gears up for kindergarten, St. Therese provides many options to prepare your child for school. Our program guarantees a challenging curriculum and focused attention that will prepare your student for a seamless transition into kindergarten.

What’s the secret to our student’s success? A 1:8 teacher:child ratio encourages learning by allowing for greater teacher-child interaction. Teachers are keenly aware of your child’s progress - knowing when to encourage them, and where to gently help them along the way. 

Our preschool rooms have a structured curriculum, fostering a love of learning. Preschool teachers use weekly themes to tie together new concepts, while leveraging art, music, stories - and many more learning opportunities to do so. 

Activities throughout the day are balanced with both active time and quieter moments. We take advantage of our amazing campus by exploring the beauty of nature, right outside our front door. Some days, you might even catch a glimpse of us walking to Deephaven Woods to visit our Grandfriends! 


+ Communication

Communication with parents is critical to each child’s development. Our goal is to work together with parents to foster growth and ensure your child’s experience is positive at St. Therese.   We encourage parent feedback to assist us in meeting the changing needs of each child.

Daily communication, at both drop off and pick up, includes describing the events of the day and highlighting your child’s unique day. We offer parent-teacher conferences twice a year in which we more formally discuss each child’s development and goals for the coming months.

Teachers also use an online newsletter and a communication app for further updates.

+ Schedule

6:30 - 9:00 - Arrival/Free Choice for Full Day

7:30 - 8:30 - Early Birds Arrival for Half Day

9:00 - 12:00 - Preschool Programming

  • Breakfast/Morning Snack

  • Morning Meeting *

  • Small Groups *

  • Specialists

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch/Lunch Bunch

1:00 - 2:10 - Stay and Play for Half Day *

1:00 - 3:00 - Rest Time for Full Day

3:00 - 4:00 - Free Choice

4:00 - 4:30 - Afternoon Snack

4:30 - 6:00 - Free Choice *

* Preschool Classes spend as much program and free choice time outside as possible.

+ Curriculum

St. Therese Early Learning Center provides a play-based and nature-based learning experience for preschoolers. Play-based learning is learning that is grounded in play. Activities based in play are pleasurable, intrinsically motivating, and child selected. This means that most of our academic activities will have these characteristics. We are also nature-based which simply means that as many of our activities (academic and otherwise) as possible are based in nature. That may simply be moving an activity outside, but it could also mean using supplies from nature or integrating nature in our play. If we aren’t out learning and exploring and playing in our beautiful Outdoor Learning Center, you might find us on the playground our in our DNR Certified School Forest. Out in the woods, you will often find children exploring puddles, climbing on our big tree bridge, making music with logs or other materials, or playing pirate ship on the large piles of wood chips. Our forest space in a magical place where children’s imaginations can run wild!

All of the play-based and nature-based learning adds up to a lot of kindergarten readiness for our students! With the use of The Creative Curriculum, a research based, early childhood curriculum, we engage our students in play-based activities that center on the early literacy skills, early math skills, and social skills that they will need to be ready for kindergarten. We do all this while encouraging physical growth, healthy risk taking, and faith in God. Students leave our classrooms ready to take kindergarten by storm!

In addition to the regular curriculum, your child will be exposed to several of the specialists available at St. Therese School. Students in their Pre-K year (owl and giraffe groups) will visit the Music, Art, and P.E. teachers when schedules allow. All preschool students will have daily exposure Music and Art in their classroom as well. We very much value the these experiences for children as they prepare for their school career.


+ Teachers and Staff

Our teachers are licensed, experienced and most importantly, love kids! The quality of our program begins with our teachers. We maintain low teacher to student ratios, so your child is always getting the attention and care they deserve. Open and consistent communication between teachers and parents is critical to our success.

+ Inter-generational Learning

Your preschool student will also have the opportunity to play games and have fun with their “Grandfriends” at Deephaven Woods Senior Living Facility, experiencing compassion through inter-generational interactions.


Our Pre-K (owl and giraffe) students also interact with older St. Therese School students through our “buddies” program and Virtue Houses. These experiences provide a wonderful leadership opportunity for older students, while our preschoolers have a friend and role model to look up to.


+ Faith

Most importantly, your child will be immersed in faith, knowing they are a unique and beautiful child created in the likeness of God. From our chapel to our church to God’s creation surrounding them outside, there are so many places your child will feel and know God’s presence in their day at St. Therese. Through songs and prayer, your child will grow in their faith each and every day.
Pre-K students (owl and giraffe groups) have a chance to participate in school Masses and are matched up with a “Mass Buddy” from an older grade to attend Mass each week with the rest of the school community.