About Our Preschool

Karen Snedden, Director

St. Charles Borromeo
Facility #376700598

Established in 2009, our Preschool is committed to the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical development of each of our children. By integrating Core Knowledge-based curriculum with play-based instruction and a religion program that promotes God’s love for everyone, we seek to create a warm, loving Christian environment, while providing materials and activities designed to support the elementary years to follow.

In our two classrooms, a three-year-old room, and a Pre-Kindergarten, sensory, motor, perceptual and language skills are introduced through materials and activities which are both child-centered and teacher-directed. Based on the theory that children learn through play, classroom routines encourage active involvement. Schedules are designed to balance structure and free choice as well as active and quiet times. We integrate the Core Knowledge curriculum into our day, but children often lead the curriculum based on their interests.

St. Charles Borromeo Preschool provides a religion program that promotes cultural diversity and expresses love for all God’s children. Christian values are integrated daily into the learning process. We build trust among children, parents, and educators through parent involvement. We strive for openness, joy, and cooperation in Christian living.

We have a highly educated and devoted staff that love to be with children. Teachers serve as positive role models and provide care that is supportive, nurturing, warm and responsive to each child’s individual needs.

Research supports that a fundamental element of a quality Early Childhood program is parent involvement and participation. Parents are encouraged to visit their children during the day, participate in classroom activities, attend school functions, and help on field trips. Parent participation in the center will indeed broaden our program to benefit each child.

For more information, or to schedule a tour of the Preschool, please call us at 619-758-0903 or email Mrs. Snedden at preschooldirector@saintcharlesacademy.com.

 

 

Just Playing?

When I am building in the block room, please don’t say I’m “just playing”. For you see, I’m learning as I play, about balance and shapes. Who knows, I may be an architect someday.
 
When I’m getting all dressed up, setting the table, caring for the babies, don’t get the idea I’m “just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play; I may be a mother or a father someday.
 
When you see me up to my elbows in paint or standing at an easel, or molding and shaping clay, please don’t let me hear you say, “He is just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m expressing myself and being creative. I may be an artist or an inventor someday.
When you see me sitting in a chair “reading” to an imaginary audience, please don’t laugh and think I’m “just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I may be a teacher someday.
 
When you see me combing the bushes for bugs, or packing my pockets with choice things I find, don’t pass it off as “just play”. For you see, I’m learning as I play. I may be a scientist someday.
 
When you see me engrossed in a puzzle or some “plaything” at my school, please don’t feel the time is wasted in “play”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning to solve problems and concentrate. I may be in business someday.
 
When you see me cooking or tasting foods, please don’t think that because I enjoy it, it is “just play”. I’m learning to follow direction and see differences. I may be a cook someday.
 
When you see me learning to skip, hop, run and move my body, please don’t say I’m “just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning how my body works. I may be a doctor, nurse or athlete someday.
 
When you ask me what I’ve done at school today, and I say, “I just played”, please don’t misunderstand me. For you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning to enjoy and be successful in my work. I’m preparing for tomorrow. Today, I am a child and my work is play.
 
~Anita Wadley