At St. John Berchmans School, we are committed to providing an education and curriculum that all students can access. Our inclusive education program allows students of all backgrounds to learn and grow side by side, to the benefit of all. As a part of this program, students and families can receive support through counseling, behavioral therapy, academic coaching and other social and academic services. We welcome students with diverse learning and behavioral needs. Our Director of Inclusion will work with students and families to create a plan of support that ensures academic growth and social and emotional well-being.
Inclusive Ed Programs
We work with each child to strengthen vocabulary through guided conversations with teachers and peers and by sharing picture stories, songs, and rhymes. We use Pocket of Preschool's curriculum, and students will practice early literacy skills such as letter recognition, retelling stories, writing letters, and using descriptive language.
Children are naturally curious about how and why things happen. We provide many hands-on activities for children to use all of their senses to explore and understand their environment. Children will observe changes in themselves, become familiar with technology, and make comparisons about what they observe.
Religion is woven in throughout our day. We pray in the morning, before lunch and snack time, and before we go home. Children also hear Bible stories and discuss how these relate to their lives and how they should act towards others. Students will also learn about liturgical holidays. We encourage children to attend Mass on Sundays. Students will also attend school Mass for the Feast of St. John Berchmans, Ash Wednesday, St. Blaise, Catholic Schools week, and May Crowning.
Our program utilizes everyday experiences to develop mathematical concepts in our youngest learners. Math is taught throughout the day using formal math activities, small group lessons, and authentic experiences. Children learn to recognize numbers, count sets of objects, graph, sort, and compare quantities.
Centers & Community
During center time, children freely explore the classroom independently. They have the opportunity to problem solve and build social relationships. Some of our classroom centers include: Blocks/Building Area, iPads, Library/Reading Area, Religion Corner, Listening Center, Writing, Pretend Play/Manipulatives, Math, Science/Discovery, Housekeeping/Dramatic Play, Art/Easel, Sensory/Water Table, Language/Phonics Area, and Music.
Students will participate in several special classes. They will develop their gross motor skills and learn about teamwork in P.E. During Spanish class, they will learn basic vocabulary. During Art class, students will be able to explore materials outside of the regular PreK classroom.