Pk 3(S)

Preschool Philosophy

Preschool Philosophy

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.

Class Events & News
No School
Teacher Retreat Day
No School
Memorial Day
End of the year celebration
Class Schedule

Mrs. Smith’s Daily Schedule


7:50 – Transition from early morning drop off

7:50 – 8:45 – Quiet table activities/arrival

8:45 – 9:15 – Morning Meeting:  Children have the opportunity to share with their friends.  Our morning prayers are also said in addition to specific people we want to share a special intention for.  We also do counting, alphabet recognition and movement and music during this time (this varies daily).  We also discuss and/or model what our main project for the day will be.

9:15 – 10:00 – Choice time/Table activities: Children have the opportunity to explore the classroom.  Many times new things will be presented during this time.  They will also have the opportunity participate in various projects that are set up for the day both academically and artistically.

10:00 – 10:10 – Clean up: Children work together to clean up during this time. 

10:10 – 10:35 – Getting ready for snack and story: Children listen to a story while snack is being prepared.

10:40 – 11:05 – Outside time: We go outside every day when the weather allows us (20 degrees and above and not raining).

11:05 – 11:15 – Getting ready for dismissal

11:15 – Dismissal for half-day students

11:20 – 12:00 – Lunch

12:00 – 12:30 – Small group activities: Children work in small groups focusing on academic skills both in groups and one-to-one.

12:30 – 1:30is – Brain Break:  Children rest on their yoga mats.  Many will sleep but they are not required to close their eyes to fall asleep; rather, it is used as a quiet time for their minds and bodies.

1:40 – 2:00 – Choice Time: Children have the opportunity to explore the room and continue to work on projects from the morning. 

2:00 – 2:05 – Clean up

2:05 – 2:15 – Begin to get ready for dismissal for school day children

2:15 – Dismissal for full day children and transition for wrap around children 



Meet Mrs. Smith

My name is Renee Smith and I have been a teacher at Seton for 25 years.  This was my first teaching job and have been here ever since.  Seton is my home away from home.  I taught preschool for 13 years, changed it up a bit and taught 1st grade for three and then back home to preschool for the remainder of my years at Seton.  I hold a BA from Brockport State in Communications and a Master’s Degree from Nazareth College in Elementary Education birth through 6th grade.  I also hold a second certification in Special Education.

While the children in my room have the freedom of exploration, they are doing this within the guidance of the Nex Gen standards set in place by the NYS standards.  Children should be allowed to enjoy an environment that is conducive to not only learning academic and social skills, but also an environment where they can play and learn within their cognitive development.  My classroom affords them the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to move onward to kindergarten and build a foundation for the love of learning.  I also believe in forging close relationship with the families of each student so that the different, individual approaches to their learning and/or progress can be expanded upon at home and vice versa.  Every child learns in a different way and especially at this age, they should be allowed to explore their world in their own way.  This approach to learning helps to foster a love of learning at an early age.

Resources for Online Learning

Due to the current school closings we have compiled a list of sites that your child can visit daily to continue their learning.

Scholastic Learn at Home:

“Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!”

My Big World

Pre-K version a Scholastic Magazine that includes read aloud magazine video songs and games.

Go Noodle :

Great for indoor recess and to burn off some energy.

Beginner Bible 

An online version of bible stories.  You can find great ones on the Easter story during this Lenten season.

Storyline online:  

Favorite books read by famous actors.

Star Fall

Fun prereading and early math games.


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