Preschool for Janesville
Preschool for Janesville, (P4J) is a state funded program to help families attend a pre-k program. St. Patrick School has opened it's doors to welcome P4J students and their families to experience a fun, social and academic setting. The goal of P4J is to provide an enrichment opportunity for four year olds prior to entering kindergarten. Attending P4J is a personal choice, although it is heavily encouraged for students to attend to help them have a successful start to their education.
Religious Requirement for P4J Students
Because P4J is a state funded program, we abide by the laws and regulations teaching religion in the classroom for all public schools, even though we are a private school. P4J forbids us from promoting one religion over another during the day, even though we are in a Christian school. This creates a welcoming environment to all walks of faith. Students who do not wish to attend our Christian program can still attend their class time's regular hours knowing their child will not receive religious education. Students who wish to attend the religious portion of the school day will attend an extra half hour of class. Only during that time we will teach religion. This helps students who are not of Christian Faith feel comfortable and welcomed into our school. Please refer to the schedule page for detailed times for arrival and pick up.
P4J Learning Goals
The following are learning goals for our P4J site. Please note that this list no way reflects any other P4J site but St. Patrick School.
~exposed to all letters and sounds of the alphabet
~identifies upper and lower case letters of the alphabet
~recognizes letters in their names
~writes their first name
~exposes to simple rhyming such as "cat" and "bat"
~exposure to writing letters through our "Handwriting Without Tears" program
~exposure to the days of the week and months of the year
~identifies numbers 1-20
~count up to 20
~exposure to numbers greater than 20
~provided opportunities to write numbers
~practice patterning through patterning blocks, puzzles and simple math games
~identify shapes and colors
Social Science Skills:
~develop fine and gross motor skills through the use of centers and free play
~the importance of taking care of one's self
~identify various animals, places they live and their importance in the world
~practice resolving differences, making good choices and practicing good citizenship skills within the classroom
~learn the difference between tattling and reporting
Christian Skills: (NOTE: only applies to students who are within the Christian Program. P4J students have the option to not take religion.)
~learn simple prayers
~learn how God cares for them
~stories of Jesus
~simple Bible Stories such as Creation, Noah's Ark
~how God is all powerful, loving and caring