Our child centered, full day Kindergarten program encourages a love of learning in a warm and nurturing atmosphere. Our gifted and dedicated faculty facilitate learning through a combination of formal (teacher-initiated) and informal (child-initiated) investigations and projects, and our low student to teacher ratio allows for teachers to meet children where they are developmentally and adapt the curriculum to meet their individual needs and interests. Our program provides the opportunity for children to learn about their world, to organize and synthesize information, to take risks and to solve problems. Experiential, hands-on activities allow the children to make connections, to collaborate with one another and to build relationships.
The Importance of Play
St. Thomas’s Day School recognizes that play is essential to a child’s growth, development and ability to learn. Playing provides children the opportunity to interact with the world around them as they develop language skills, explore ideas and learn to problem solve. We believe that children need breaks throughout the day to help them stay focused and respond better to classroom learning. All students at STTS go outside every single day in every type of weather. Students have unrestricted access to playgrounds in addition to at least two scheduled recesses per day.
The daily curriculum incorporates the following:
- Early Math
- Social Studies
- Free choice activities
St. Thomas’s reserves a one hour time block every week for integrated learning in the makerspace. The makerspace provides a place for students to create, design, think, explore and problem solve while learning. Students work with their teachers and the Technology Integrator on open-ended projects that demonstrate learning in content or curricular areas. While working students are exposed to a variety of technology tools that will enhance their learning and support the acquisition of technology skills.
Special Subjects include the following:
- Library/Digital Citizenship
- Physical Education
- Religious Literacy
- Technology – Technology is incorporated in developmentally appropriate ways and used to deepen the learning experience.