Our preschool program is designed to provide learning experiences that will best meet the needs of each individual child. Development of the whole child (emotionally, spiritually, socially, intellectually, and physically) is our goal. PLAY is a fundamental part of our program, as it is through play that children learn cooperation, problem solving, language, mathematics, and to develop values, curiosity, self-esteem, coordination, and self-direction.We believe that every child learns in a different way, especially at this young age, and they should be allowed to explore the world in their own unique ways.
Ms. Nuñez’s Daily Schedule
7:00-8:30 – Before-school care
8:30-8:45 – Arrival and quiet tabletop activities
8:45-9:15 – Morning meeting: Morning meeting will begin with morning group prayers, daily prayer box (which includes special intentions), and classroom community building. In addition to counting, alphabet recognition, movement, music, and song, children will have the opportunity to share “what’s in the news” in their personal lives in and beyond our school community. Each morning will include a brief discussion about our general flow of the day.
9:15-10:00 – Free choice and tabletop activities: Children will have free time to explore their academic and artistic interests in the classroom. Regularly, children will be introduced to new concepts and participate in various individual and group projects over the course of the year. At the end of free choice, children will work together as a community to tidy up the classroom.
10:00-10:15 – Rug time: Rug time is a flexible time for children to participate in a range of activities. Examples of rug time activities include, and are not limited to, teacher-led story time, large motor movement, song, and book look.
10:15-10:30 – Handwashing and snack
10:30-11:00 – Outside time (weather permitting)
11:00-11:15 – Pack-up for 11:15 half-day dismissal
11:15-12:00 – Handwashing and lunch (school day students will transition to Ms. Smith)
12:00-12:30 – Small group activities: Children will work 1:1 and/or in small groups that focus on a range of academic skills.
12:30-1:30ish – Brain break: Children lay down to rest and recharge their minds and bodies (children are not required to close their eyes to fall asleep).
1:30-1:50– Free choice: Children will explore the room and continue projects from morning free choice.
1:50-2:15 – Pack-up for 2:15 dismissal and transition to wrap around care for children enrolled in extended day
My name is Katerina Nuñez and I joined Seton Catholic School at the outset of the 2022-2023 academic year. I began teaching in 2018. In 2022, I earned my M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language (PK-adult) from Southeastern University. Teaching preschool is my vocation. My preschool classroom at Seton is where I find the greatest joy and fulfillment in life. It is my goal for students in our preschool program to develop a love for life and learning in a supportive and nurturing environment. When I am not at Seton, one can find me pursuing my second passion, which is teaching dance classes in a range of styles to children of all ages.
Our preschool curriculum follows the guidance of the NYS Next Generation Standards. In our preschool classrooms, such standards are presented in a way that offers our youngest learners with opportunities to learn through exploration, self-discovery, and cooperative play. With the partnership of families, each unique child can learn in their own way and at their own pace so they may thrive socially, academically, and spiritually in preschool and beyond.