Diocesan and Illinois State Early Learning Standards form the framework for developmentally-appropriate activities in preschool. Current best practices for early childhood education are drawn from the teaching strategies of The Creative Curriculum for preschool, which emphasizes purposeful play in a learning centers-based environment that allows students to pursue their own interests, make new discoveries, and develop social, emotional, and literacy skills. Examples of the learning center activities include art, blocks, writing, dramatic play, sensory table, and puzzles/games.
Instruction in a mixed, multi-age program addresses the developmental needs of 3- and 4-year-old children, which research indicates offers academic and social benefits. Individualized attention is a priority for the preschool staff at Holy Trinity. Routine observations and ongoing assessments inform instructional goals, support differentiation, and shape teacher-directed activities. Through collaboration with our colleagues in Kindergarten, program articulation and student readiness are attainable goals.
The preschool utilizes curriculum resources to meet literacy standards, incorporating components of the Houghton-Mifflin Reading Program for Pre-K, and religious education with the Image of God preschool religion series from Ignatius Press.
Holy Trinity Catholic School
108 South Linden Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559