Full Day Pre-Kindergarten Three & Four Year Old Program

St. John the Evangelist School has a wonderful Pre-K three and four year old program that fosters skills necessary for Kindergarten by creating a curriculum around children's interests and needs.

Each and every area of child development is attended to with the children having so much fun each step of the way as they learn by integrating play with learning.

Some of the subject areas and skills are:  Emerging Literacy, the child learns book knowledge, recognizing letters, realizing that print has meaning.  Oral Language, the children use intelligible speech, learn to talk in large and small groups, communicate in sentences and wait their turn in a group.

There are pre-writing skills, listening skills, math, fine and gross motor skills, all learned in a pleasant caring environment.  Good work habits are encouraged to show children how to follow routines independently, and how to follow directions and cooperate with others.

There are stories to hear, songs to sing, quiet time to rest, new friends to see and new skills to learn.

Pre-K Curriculum: Subject Areas and Skills

Written Language:    

  • Name Recognition
  • Book Knowledge
  • Left to Right Directionality
  • Realizes that print has meaning

Oral Language:              

  • Uses intelligible speech
  • Adjusts volume for size of group
  • Talks in large and small groups
  • Relates personal experiences
  • Asks questions
  • Communicates in sentences
  • Waits for turn when in a group

Pre-Writing Skills:      

  • Writes some letters, or name
  • Correctly holds writing instrument
  • Attempts pretend writing

Listening Skills:          

  • Listens while teacher is speaking
  • Listens to another child


  • Counts by rote
  • Recognizes numbers and shapes
  • Identifies colors
  • Classifies objects
  • Sequences events in proper order
  • Identifies and continues a pattern

Fine Motor Skills:

  • Uses crayon, pencils
  • Holds, uses scissors
  • Pastes objects
  • Paints
  • Puzzle assembly
  • Strings objects, laces
  • Manipulates zippers, snaps, etc.

Gross Motor Skills:

  • Walks down stairs alternating feet
  • Runs, jumps, hops, skips and gallops
  • Catches and bounces a ball

Work Habits:

  • Follows routines independently
  • Follows directions
  • Cooperates with others


  • Respect for others and materials
  • Identifies feelings
  • Maintains appropriate control over feelings
  • Has a positive self-esteem

Self Help Skills: Uses the bathroom independently

Faith: Expression through song and prayer

Typical Pre-K Daily Routine:

8:00 a.m. Arrival, prayer, song & table activities

8:45 a.m. Circle time, calendar, story

9:00 a.m. Small group activities (Rotating Math, Language, Science, Religion or Writing)

10:00 a.m. Morning snack, learning craft activity

11:00 a.m. Outdoor recess

11:30 a.m. BEAR (Be Excited About Reading Program)

12 noon Lunch

12:30 p.m. Quiet Time

1 p.m. Learning Centers (Rotating Math, Language, Science, Religion or Writing)

2:00 p.m. Story, Song & Backpack time

2:10 p.m. Dismissal