Preschool and Pre-K Curriculum

St. Michael’s uses The Creative Curriculum System for Preschool which supports our belief that the most important goal of curriculum is for children to get along well with others and become enthusiastic learners. We want children to become independent, self-confident, and curious learners. We teach them how to learn in all areas of their life. This is accomplished by creating purposeful and productive hands on exploration and discovery that helps build lifelong critical thinking skills and foster confidence.

Our curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development:


To help children develop independence, self-confidence, and self -control; follow rules and routines, make friends; and learn what it means to be part of a group


To increase children’s large muscle skills (balancing, running, jumping, throwing, catching) and to use small muscles in their hands to do tasks like buttoning, stringing beads, cutting, drawing, and writing


To acquire thinking skills such as the abilities to solve problems, to ask questions, and to think logically – sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, and making patterns – and to use material and their imagination to show what they have learned


To use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations, with others, understand the purpose of print, recognize letters and words, and begin writing for a purpose

St. Michael’s embraces the “learn through play” model and follows all Delaware Stars and state licensing requirements.

Example of Daily Preschool/Pre-K Schedule

7am – 8:15am
Morning Greetings, Health Check and Free Play/Accessibility to Learning Centers*
8:30am – 9:00am
Breakfast (in dining room)
9:00am – 9:30am
Morning Meeting/Group Time
9:30am – 10:30am
Free Play/Accessibility to Learning Centers
Outdoor Activity
Free Play/Accessibility to Learning Centers
Elective Special Activity:
Monday - Yoga 11:15-11:45
Lunch (in dining room)
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Nap time (Quiet free play/learning center activities for non-sleepers)
2:30pm – 2:45pm
Transition out of nap time
2:45pm – 3:00pm
Snack (in classroom)
3:00pm- 3:45pm
Free Play/Accessibility to Learning Centers
4:00pm – 4:30pm
Outdoor Activity
4:30pm – 5:20pm
Free Play/Accessibility to Learning Centers
Prepare to go home

*What the Learning Centers teach children:


• Children learn coordination by the practice of reaching, picking up, stacking, lifting, carrying, and
fitting things together. Blocks also teach pre-math skills through concepts of shape, size, proportion,
counting and grouping.
• Compare heights and learn geometric shapes
• Use vocabulary to compare objects
• Develop hand/eye coordination
• Understand gravity, stability, weight and balance

Dramatic Play

• Children who know how to make believe develop a good vocabulary, important for reading and
problem solving. They learn to use oral language in a variety of situations
• Match pairs, sort and classify objects
• Practice self-help skills
• Life skills likr buttoning, zipping, and tying through dress-up play


• Children learn about classifying, weighing, measuring, temperature and volume concepts.
Playing with science toys (for example, magnets and magnifying glasses) captured their attention.
• Manipulative area
• Form groups by sorting and matching
• Repeat a simple pattern using objects
• Develop fine motor skills
• Experience counting objects