ACTIVITIES AND IN-HOUSE FIELD TRIPS - Saint Petersburg Christian Preschool will have monthly guest presentations including puppet shows, dramas, and visits from community helpers and/or museums and petting zoos. These activities enhance the learning experiences for your child and are tied into our curriculum to extend learning. The annual activity fee covers the cost of these various activities throughout the year. Each month a field trip will be planned. Some months can have more than one. Most of the activities will be included on the calendar. Pictures or video clips are often posted on our facebook page for parents to see.
THE VOLUNTARY PRE K PROGRAM - The voluntary Pre K program (VPK) is a program which provides prekindergarten funding in order to prepare our 4 year olds for kindergarten. The state funded program will pay licensed preschool providers who meet the qualifications for 540 hours of instruction. The program will provide funding for three hours a day for 180 days. Although the program will pay for the hours of 9:30 to 12:30 parents will be responsible for extended care or care that occurs before 9:30 and after 12:30 and all services provided outside of those hours including breakfast, lunch and snacks. Parents will pay an additional fee each week for extended care during the 180 days covered by the VPK program. There will be no more than three weeks during the year where parents will need to pay full price because VPK will not cover non-instructional days. The summer pre k program is not covered by the VPK program. Please see the VPK parent agreement forms regarding detailed information about the program. The VPK program monitors the attendance of the children. They must attend at least 80% of the program. Excessive absences may result in your child no longer being eligible to receive funding from the program.
CHAPEL - In our chapel program children will be taught Bible stories and lessons that express Christian concepts about their daily life. They will learn about the love God has for them and how they are each created in a unique and special way. They will also learn many concepts about sharing, speaking kind words, showing love to others, taking turns and caring about others. We have chapel once a week and it is taught by different staff members as well as the Suncoast Cathedral children’s’ pastor. The children bring money to chapel to be donated. Please encourage your child to bring in chapel change.
RECESS - The children will spend 45 minutes to an hour on the playground with their age group in the morning and 45 minutes to an hour in the afternoon after nap. Physical activity is very important for the children and helps to develop motor skills and social skills. There is a wide variety of equipment to promote safe play. Activities can include riding, running, climbing, sand play, dramatic play and art. During the hot summer months the children can enjoy water play. Please remember to dress your child in play clothes and to remember safe shoes to prevent accidents!
ART AND MUSIC - Our educational philosophy embraces both art and music. Learning should be physically and mentally active; that is, children should be actively involved in learning activities. Music and art both create opportunities for active involvement. Brain research shows that music and movement is one of the only activities that utilizes both sides of the brain and increases their understanding and learning. The children will be exposed to a wide variety of music incorporated into their learning activities. Their classroom activities will also include a wide variety of art projects that will help develop their large and fine motor skills through cutting, painting, coloring and gluing.
COMPUTERS / TECHNOLOGY - SPC Preschool respects the need to educate the children in the technologies of today. We believe that integrated technology benefits the children and compliments our curriculum.
All of our classrooms are equipped with Smart Boards that help to present the curriculum and skills in interactive, hands on ways.
Many of our three year old and four year old classrooms are equipped with an individual computer with educational games. The children are instructed on proper care and usage of the computer while reinforcing educational skills.
FUNDRAISERS - Saint Petersburg Christian Preschool participates in fundraisers throughout the year to raise funds for special projects or larger needs that are not included in the budget. These included things such as new classroom furniture, toys, and curriculum materials, renovations to the playground, upgrading the security system and paying for new programs provided by the preschool.
Each year we take up box tops for education. It doesn’t cost a thing but earns several hundred dollars for the preschool. Please save those box tops and have your family save them as well. Classes have a contest to see who can take up the most box tops.
The largest fundraiser we have is the trike a thon! I hope that all parents can attend the event. It is genuinely a great opportunity to get to know our staff better and to enjoy a memorable day with your child. The children race laps on their bicycles and tricycles. A bake sale and auction is also incorporated into the event. Each year we choose something that we want to purchase. I would strongly encourage parents to attend this very fun event!