Pre-Kindergarten


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religionjesusAt St. John Vianney School, the students learn that their faith is an essential part of their daily lives. The religious education program at each grade level weaves the six tasks of catechist at developmentally appropriate levels.  These six tasks are: knowledge of faith, liturgical education, moral formation, teaching to pray, education for community life and missionary initiatives.  Through the study of each area the students examine the richness of their living faith and gain new insights about themselves.

Through their Catholic education, the students receive the moral foundation necessary to face the challenges and difficulties that life brings. The students will be prepared to make important decisions and to formulate an educated and faith-filled opinion on the controversial issues that they will face in the future.

This faith journey begins in Pre-Kindergarten. Students learn about God’s many gifts as our creator.  As students grow in their faith, they will begin to learn more about Jesus’ life, Catholic prayers, the saints and the Holy Sacraments.

Learning in Pre-Kindergarten

Books, letters, colors, numbers, prayer and playtime are the essential ingredients in St. John Vianney’s prekpix1early childhood program, which began in 1995. In prekindergarten, teachers guide students as they begin to develop skills that will lead to reading, writing, math and a life-long love for learning in prekindergarten.

Students begin by learning the alphabet and continue learning to identify beginning sounds in words, begin to associate beginning sounds with objects and become aware of rhyming words on the road to reading and writing independently. In math lessons, students learn to recognize and reproduce simple patterns, recognize and name shapes, to count in sequence, and more. All academic lessons are geared to help students develop a sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence. In religion, students learn about God’s goodness and His care and love for people, especially each child. In addition, students also explore the areas of art, music, Spanish and technology.

Literacy Development

Learning to read and write is essential to a child’s success in school and in life. St. John Vianney School readwriterecognizes that literacy begins early in life, not just in kindergarten. Drawing upon their natural
curiosity, children need frequent exposure to books; opportunities to draw, write, pretend, and represent what they know in different ways; and direct instruction in recognizing letters and connecting letters with sounds. Our classrooms are filled with resources that enable us to build on each child’s prior knowledge and create formal and informal experiences that help each child progress at his/her developmental pace. Comprehensive assessment is used to identify a child’s strengths, needs, and interests and to tailor our program with structured activities and explicit, multi-sensory instruction. Teachers work in partnership with families to help each child to be successful and to be prepared for future school experiences and life outside of school.

Essential Areas of English Language Arts Curriculum
(from Florida Early Learning Development Standards)
  • Print Concepts
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics and Word Recognition
  • Exploring fiction and nonfiction texts and discussing in age-appropriate ways
  • Writing for different purposes
  • Speaking about school and personal interest topics using Standard English
  • Actively listening to others
  • Word study – alphabet, letters sounds, sight words, vocabulary
Mathematical Understanding


prekpix5At St. John Vianney School, teachers recognize that children have a natural interest in mathematics and how it fits into the world around them. Our children have the opportunity to actively explore and construct mathematical understanding through direct instruction, hands-on investigation, and integration of math ideas with other content areas. Classroom activities encourage the development of problem-solving and reasoning skills and explore different methods of communicating, connecting, and representing mathematical ideas. The goal within our early childhood classrooms is to build a strong foundation in mathematical concepts and a positive attitude toward mathematics that will carry forward with our students in their future school.

Essential Areas of Mathematics curriculum
(from Florida Early Learning Development Standards)
  • Know number names and the count sequence
  • Count to tell the number of objects
  • Compare numbers
  • Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from
  • Describe and compare measurable attributes
  • Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category
  • Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders,
    and spheres)
  • Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes
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Children in early childhood are active and eager learners. Science instruction at St. John Vianney School takes place in the primary science class, where students are encouraged through thematic units to engage their senses to observe, explore, and experiment in order to gain a sense of the physical world and our interactions within it. Children begin to learn how to ask questions and make predictions through an active engagement with classroom materials that include simple tools of science. These rich experiences develop the foundation for St. John Vianney’s science program.

Essential Science Experiences
(from Florida Early Learning Development Standards)
  • Ask questions and make predictions based on observations through active engagement with materials
  • Use simple tools for investigation of the home, classroom and other familiar places
  • Observe and describe characteristics of earth and space
  • Observe and describe characteristics of living things
  • Acquire knowledge about the physical properties of the world
Social Studies

prekpix3In the early childhood classrooms, children begin to develop an understanding of the roles, rights, and responsibilities that children and adults have within the home, school, and community at large. They participate in the group life of the class by following rules and routines, doing classroom jobs, expressing concern for others, and developing positive relationships with their peers. Students also have the opportunity to explore aspects of different cultures, traditions, and ways of life in the past and present.

Essential Social Studies Concepts
(from Florida Early Learning Development Standards)
  • Develop an understanding of how people and things change over time
  • Demonstrate awareness of different cultures through exploration of customs and traditions, past and present
  • Demonstrate an interest in current events which relate to family, culture, and community
  • Recognize that all children and adults have roles, rights, and responsibilities at home, school, in the classroom and in the community
  • Develop awareness about a wide variety of careers and work environments
 Whole Child Perspective

At St. John Vianney School teachers recognize that all children develop at different rates and have differing abilities and interests. Our approach to education looks at the whole child, not the sum of discrete academic areas. In addition to direct academic instruction in the content areas and religion, students attend classes in art, music, library, technology, physical education, and Spanish. These experiences supplement the cross-curricular approach that we follow in our early childhood classrooms.

Creativity Development
(from Florida Early Learning Development Standards)
  • Express self and represent what he/she knows, thinks, believes, and feels through visual arts
  • Express self by engaging in musical activities
  • Express feelings of what is felt and heard through dance or creative movement
  • Participate in a variety of dramatic play activities (teacher guided or child initiated) to represent fantasy and real life experiences
Physical Development
(from Florida Early Learning Development Standards)prekpix4
  • Use senses to assist and guide learning; using sensory information to plan and carry out movements
  • Demonstrate coordination and control of large muscles
  • Demonstrate eye-hand coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects
  • Demonstrate personal care and hygiene skills
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of healthy habits (e.g., sufficient rest, nutritious foods, exercise)
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of safety rules
Social-Emotional Development
(from Florida Early Learning Development Standards)
  • Self-Concept
  • Relationship with Adults
  • Relationship with Peers – develop positive relationships with peers
  • Regulate own response to needs, feelings, and event
  • Understand and follow rules and routines

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