Our classrooms are organized into nine specific learning centers: discovery/science, writing, dramatic play, manipulatives, art, sensory, blocks, and music and movement. A computer center is offered in our Five Day program. While the centers remain constant, materials within each center are changed regularly.Large motor activity time is scheduled each week, either outside if weather permits, or in the Activity Center.
The early years are a time when young children are learning how to get along with others and what behaviors are appropriate in different situations. We take a preventative approach to discipline - redirection - that teaches positive behaviors rather than punishing negative behaviors.
Children may be removed from the group when all other interventions have failed. Teachers will use this time to calm the child before returning to group activities. Problem-solving techniques are included in our curriculum and no physical punishment or verbal abuse is every used.
Spirituality plays a large part in St. John Vianney Preschool activities. We incorporate the book Bright Beginnings (Exploring God's World) into our curriculum; we recite a daily prayer and a blessing before snack time. Holy Days and liturgical seasons such as Advent and Lent are introduced. We meet for "Chapel Time" and occasionally invite Father to join us for a blessing.
If for some reason parents do not want their children to participate in an activity, please let us know and an alternative activity may be planned.
Each student is responsible for bringing a healthy snack for the class on assigned days. A snack calendar will be sent home with your child each month. Please follow the guidelines for healthy snacks posted inside the snack bucket, which will be sent home with the child the night before their assigned day. If your child is not able to bring snacks for any reason, please notify the teacher so other arrangements can be made. We will notify parents of any food allergies among students.
Each year, St. John Vianney Preschool holds a fundraiser to raise money for preschool equipment. A portion of funds raised is donated to other causes, such as the St. Joseph Worker House in Rock Island, the St. John Vianney Youth Ministry Thanksgiving basket program, the Kahl Home, the Teenage Academic Parenting Program and SJV Backpack with Snacks.
Parents and grandparents are welcome and encouraged to visit the preschool at any time after the first month, which is an orientation period for teachers and children. Thereafter, parents are invited to help with special activities in the classrooms throughout the year.
The State of Iowa and the Diocese of Davenport require all volunteers to pass a background check. Consent forms for background checks are distributed at Preschool Orientation. Parents and/or grandparents wishing to volunteer in the classroom more than four times a year must also attend the Diocese of Davenport's "Protecting God's Children" training class. Call the preschool office at 332-5308 for training times and locations.
The key to a successful preschool experience is communications between parents and teachers. Feel free to stop by and visit St. John Vianney Preschool, or call us at 332-5308 to learn more information.