The Environment

 

The preschool environment is the third teacher.  It is purposefully placed at the base/ foundation of our church with the sanctuary above.  After all, these young children and their families are the foundation of our Catholic Church.  Within each classroom there are opportunities to experience the Catholic faith, literacy, music, science, art, cooking, building, and small/large motor activities.  Teachers respect and value children’s ideas and encourage focused learning through exploration of children’s own theories extending on teacher’s hypotheses. Our environment is a creative space that motivates learning, develops relationships and promotes a strong sense of self and security.  We enhance our environment with many materials that promote higher level thinking and creativity.

    

Children are miracles.  When we invite a miracle into our lives, we prepare ourselves and the environment around us.  We set out flowers or special offerings.  We cleanse ourselves, the space and our thoughts of everything, but the love inside us.  We have made it our job to create, with reverence and gratitude, a space that is worthy of a miracle! Your child.”    Anita Rui Olds, 1999