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.