The Cradle Curriculum

The Cradle Preschool at St. Gabriel Catholic Church seeks to serve young children, ages 2 through 5, including those with special needs.  Our curriculum is designed to encourage growth and learning across several developmental areas with a school-readiness component for 4 and 5 year olds.  

Our curriculum goals are:
 

  • Spiritual Growth:  learning to love God and knowing that we are all part of God's family
     
  • Cognitive Development:  problem solving, hands-on learning about our world
     
  • Social Skills:  learning to share, play with others, and develop kindness and compassion
     
  • Speech and Language:  providing opportunities for growth in listening and oral expression/vocabulary through story-telling, music and dramatic play experiences
     
  • Self-help Skills:  learning to take care of their personal needs by gaining independence in toileting, feeding, dressing and following multi-step directions
     
  • Gross Motor Skills:  opportunities in play to move, crawl, climb, walk, skip, throw and run
     
  • Fine Motor Skills:  learning to use two hands together, and then learning to manipulate toys and materials in play with increasingly refined skill and mastery

Our Classes

We offer programs for the following age groups, with a total of 10 classes in our preschool:

Age Group Classes Offered Notes
2 Year Olds

Mon-Weds
and 
Tues-Thurs

  • Students must be 24 months old by September 1st
  • 8-10 children per class
  • 2 teachers per class
  • Class begins at 9:00 am and dismisses at 12:45 from the classroom
3 Year Olds

Mon-Weds-Fri
and
Tues-Thurs

  • 12-14 children per class
  • 2 teachers per class
  • Class begins at 9:00 am and dismisses at 1:00 pm
4 Year Olds Mon-Tues-Weds-Thurs
  • 12-16 children in each class
  • Class begins at 9:00 am and dismisses at 1:00 pm
Transitional Kdg: 5 Year Olds Monday through Friday
  • Class provides a transitional preschool year prior to kindergarten
  • Students must be 5 years old by August 31st
  • 12-13 children in each class
  • Class begins at 9:00 am and dismisses at 1:00 pm