Saint Leo the Great School is proud to announce that we have been selected as a 2020 New Jersey State School of Character and nominated for designation as a National School of Character.
Every year Character.org, a national advocate for character education, certifies schools at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate.
Saint Leo the Great School is committed to the continued spiritual, academic, and personal growth of our students. Congratulations to all!
To view Saint Leo’s Press Release, click here.
Saint Leo the Great Preschool
The first five years of a child’s life is a time of tremendous social, physical, cognitive, spiritual and emotional growth. Engaging the heart, the spirit, the mind, and the body is the most effective way to create both a strong foundation and a life-long love of learning.
And you thought they were just having fun…
Fundamentally, children learn through play. It is a natural way for them to explore, to become creative, to problem solve, and to develop social skills. Our teachers use play to further language and vocabulary development, to improve social skills, to introduce scientific and mathematical concepts, and to strengthen their spirituality through Religion.
Children benefit from activities that focus on all intelligences. Cognitive skills, linguistics, social skills, math readiness, music and rhythm, fine and gross motor skills, and spatial awareness are fostered daily.
Adventures in Movement
Every essential element of development can be addressed through our Adventures in Movement program. Confidence Poses are used to calm, focus and center oneself; as well as to address balance, poise, strength building, and flexibility. Other Adventures in Movement strengthen not only a child’s physical abilities (gross motor skills), but also his/her ability to focus, listen, cooperate, follow directions, and socialize. Incorporating dance and music into the program further enhances agility, coordination, and confidence.
Our Spanish program introduces students through a variety of activities in a stimulating classroom environment. Preschoolers are introduced to colors, numbers, and parts of the body through songs, games, crafts, and dance. They also learn appropriate greetings, self-introduction, basic expressions, and prayer.
Technology offers additional ways to learn and to demonstrate learning. The classroom use of iPads is yet another aspect of our early childhood development program. For Preschoolers, the use of iPads provides benefits in being able to handle the technological world in which we live. We carefully choose educational apps that, when properly used, can serve as a catalyst for cognitive and social skills.
Our preschoolers are given the opportunity to learn American Sign Language (ASL). It has been found that ASL enhances learning and increases long term learning potential. It facilitates spoken language development and cognition. There are three kinds of learners: auditory, visual and kinesthetic. Sign language can enhance all three learning modalities. By using sign language, we increase the learning potential in all our students. Sign Language and finger spelling are fun and productive ways to actively engage young children in the reading process.
Our state of the art library / media center is equipped with computers and an interactive white board to engage our preschoolers while developing early literacy skills and enhance their learning experience. Additionally, we boast a children’s reading area, where large print books and felt boards captivate our young learners with a wide variety of books, songs, fingerplay, puppets and crafts designed to develop pre reading skills. The importance of reading to children is emphasized to:
- develop language skills
- enhance concentration
- encourage a thirst for knowledge
- develop imagination
Children enjoy singing and expressing themselves through music. Studies show musical experiences in childhood can accelerate brain development, particularly in the area of language acquisition and reading skills.
The Preschool music program not only promotes singing, but the children also get to use various instruments, move to the rhythm and beat of music, learn the “C” scale using solfege with hand signs, and build self-confidence. What better way to learn and have fun at the same time!
Preschoolers are naturally curious, and they learn through their experiences. Although STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) is a new idea, it’s not for our preschoolers. They have always used this technique to learn. We strive to build a strong foundation for future learning by exploring age appropriate STEAM skills and concepts through play and discussion, then encourage students to explore, discover, question and learn.
2020-2021 Class Schedules:
3 Year Olds
2 day 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3 day 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
5 day 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
4 Year Olds
3 Day 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
5 Day 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Extended Care Option
Preschool students may use our Extended Care Program from 1:00 PM to 2:40 PM for an additional fee.
PM Care Option
Preschool students may use our PM Care Program from 2:40 PM to 5:40PM for an additional fee.
NOTE: All Preschool students must be fully toilet-trained. No Diapers or Pull-ups are permitted. Parents will be called and asked to come in to school when accidents occur.