St. Leo's offers developmentally appropriate programs that supported varied levels of readiness for our students.
Our curriculum is following th curriculum set up by the Archdiocese of Newark. We provide a structured, teacher-led, faith-based program where students are given the confidence needed to become successful students. The framework of their learning starts here.
Preschool and Kindergarten
We provide a nutruring environment where children are learning to love shcool while they learn to be in school. Our primary goal is to instill a love of learning and positive self-image that allows the child to harness the skills needed to be prepared for the next level of learning.
St. Leo's offers well-equipped classrooms with interactive SMART boards and up to date technology. Throughout the day students have access to various activities. Students spend their day working with building blocks, construction materials, props for pretend play, picture books, and paints in a centers based environment.
Our core programs are enriched with Spanich, music, gym, technology, outdoor play, and field trips. The concept of parents as "Partners in Education" is encouraged and we welcome your participation at home and during school events.
St. Leo's Preschool classes are setup for center based learning so that children can utilize their preschool space as productively as possible.
Centers like dress up, literature, computers, art meduims, doll play and age appropriate puzzles and games are accessible to your child daily. Circle time boards are loaded with important intellectual information that is taught and reiterated everyday.
Transitional Kindergarten (based on enrollment)
With an enrollment of at least 10 students, St. Leo's offers a Transitional Kindergarten program that is crafted fo young four year olds who miss the October 1st cutoff date for Kindergarten and/or five year olds who need time to grow and mature before taking on the opportunities and challenges of Kindergarten. The program, which includes individualized and class-centered activities, is paced to provide developmentally appropriated instruction tailored to meet your child's unique needs.
Upon successful completion of our Transitional Kindergarten program, your child is well-positioned to make an easy transition to the Kindergarten Program.
Kindergarten at St. Leo's if for children age 5 years prior to October 1 of the school year. The program provides a curriculum thtat builds on the Pre-Kindergarten instruction and teaches letter and beginning reading, numbers and basic math, speaking in complete sentences and holding conversations, social skills, art and gym. Our Kindergarten classroom is set up in centers to foster educational activities, circle time, imaginative play, creative art, music centers, library, and social activities.
The goal is to understand the beauty, gifts, and love that God has given to each of us. Every morning we start the day by giving thanks in prayer. We do a variety of activities and learn about different religious concepts.
Reading readiness is an important part of our program. Each child is provided with a rich variety of prerequisite skills to prepare a foundation for reading.
We encourage a love for reading by incorporating quality children's literature into our classsrooms everyday. Daily read aloud time where teachers read to students and students are encouraged to discuss and respond to the story as well as work on projects, related to the stories.
Children are encouraged to notice letter in everyday experience: art, pretend play, and puzzles. Our goal is that by the completion of Kindergarten students will have an interest in learning to read and in sharing their ideas through writing.
We have a hand-on math program because we know that students at this age learn best through exploring concepts: counting, sorting, number recognition, simple addition and subtraction are all introduced and reinforced using manipulatives and concrete, real-world examples. They will use of related Math terms and have opportunities to categorize according to color, shape and size. They will also have recognition of the basic numerals 0 to 10.
Social and Emotional Growth
Social and emotional growth is just as important as academic learning. You will notice that half of our report card/progress assessment is dedicated to these skills. We work on everything from following directions to playing with others and listening. Learning these types of skills are an essential part of belonging to a learning community.
Social Studies and Science
Social Studies and Science focuses on "My Big World" and "Let's Find Out" Students learn about the world around them: communities, holidays, weather, Earth, the environment, and more. Our main goal is for children to become interested in learning about how the world around them works.
K - 8 Curriclum
The Creative Curriculum objective is to build self-confidence, expand understanding of math and science concepts, teach responsibility, support language and literacy development and increase motor skills. The students will learn through play at the different learning centers in the classroom.
Major Subject Areas
Religion, Mathematics, Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Spelling, Phonics
Art, Physical Education, Computer, Library, Music, Spanish
More detailed curriculum maps for Math, ELA, and Technology areas can be found through the archdiocesan web site at the following link: Curriculum