Piqua Catholic Classroom

Piqua Catholic Classroom


Our preschool classroom gives your child an opportunity to learn through play.  Your child will also be learning their social skills as they interact with their peers during the class.  There are three preschool classes offered at our school. The preschool classroom uses creative curriculum during our weekly lessons.  The philosophy behind creative curriculum is that young children learn best by doing.  Learning isn’t just repeating what someone else says; it requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world we live in.  The curriculum helps children become independent, self-confident and inquisitive learners.  Each month our creative curriculum consists of a different study.  We will learn about the beginning of the school year, trees, balls, music, clothing, buildings, animals, recycling and exercise.  Our two day a week class is a condensed version of the three day a week class.  If the child attends all five days they will repeat the lessons for the week.

The preschool classroom is divided into many different interest areas:

Dramatic Play Area

Where the children pretend play with a variety of props and dress up clothes to encourage imagination. Each month we change our dramatic play area to go along with our curriculum. We have had a campsite, space station, laundry room, rock concert, veterinary office, grocery store and a house.

Art Area

This area contains a wide variety of materials for the children to use. It helps the children develop small muscle control and hand/eye coordination as well as creativity. They have the opportunity to paint at the easel, use the materials to create their own creation, write at the writing center or make something as a class activity.

Piqua Catholic Classroom

Reading Area

Where the children have the opportunity to explore a variety of books in a comfy setting.

Science Area

This area contains magnifying glasses, magnets, prisms, microscope and a scale for the children to explore.

Block Area

This area contains a variety of blocks and cars for the children to build creations using their imaginations. They are developing understanding of the relationships between size and shape.

Manipulative Area

This area offers the children legos, lincoln logs, lacing boards, puzzles and other small construction toys. This area helps the children develop fine motor skills, hand/eye coordination and problem solving skills.

Sensory Area

This area contains our sensory table that will have a wide variety of objects depending on our curriculum. For example during our tree curriculum we had branches, leaves and acorns in the sensory table for the children to explore.

Gross Motor Time

Depending on the weather we allow time for the children to play in our exercise room or outside on the playground. Children use this time to develop coordination, balance and large muscle control.

Piqua Catholic Classroom
The Center For Early Learning
The Center For Early Learning
The Center For Early Learning

Piqua Catholic Classroom

Pre-Kindergarten Class

The pre-kindergarten program at the Center for Early Learning is specifically designed to prepare your child for kindergarten. We accomplish this by providing meaningful learning experiences that promote social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative, and spiritual growth. Daily activities are based on Ohio’s Early Learning and Development standards and are guided by Creative Curriculum, a research-based curriculum that uses exploration and discovery to foster learning. We believe that children learn best through constructive, purposeful play and support this by providing child-centered opportunities that stretch the imagination and encourage investigation, decision-making, and problem-solving. The classroom is divided into learning centers where the children will have the choice to explore as they please throughout the day. We will also take our learning outside to the garden space and indoors to the enrichment room where we will utilize the Smart Board. This year we will travel around the city of Piqua to places like the grocery store and library to give the children a hands-on experience of their community. If any family member is interested in volunteering in the classroom you are more than welcome. Also, if any family member has a particular skill they would like to share with the class that is also welcomed! Whether it’s cooking, art, music, or computer skill – we would be thrilled to have you.

It is our goal to provide your child with purposeful play so they can be well prepared for kindergarten and beyond.

The Center for Early Learning is a preschool and pre-kindergarten program designed to prepare students for kindergarten and beyond.
"Children are a gift. Each one is unique and unrepeatable, and at the same time unmistakably linked to his or her roots." - Pope Francis
“Children are a gift. Each one is unique and unrepeatable, and at the same time unmistakably linked to his or her roots.” – Pope Francis