About Our Lady of Mercy Early Childhood Program
Our Lady of Mercy Academy’s Early Childhood Development Program provides each child with a safe, warm and nurturing environment. Through gentle guidance and understanding , the transition from home to school becomes a happy and positive experience for the pre-school and pre-kindergarten child.
Each child is special and unique, blessed with many talents, abilities, and interests. We seek to promote the development of the whole child: physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually. By supporting the growth of the emerging child through the use of developmentally appropriate practices and materials, we foster self-esteem, self-discipline and independence.
OLMA offers an outstanding program based on traditional Christian values and high academic standards. We provide our students with the tools necessary to become successful and moral self-thinkers. Our students are challenged to achieve academic excellence through our exceptional curriculum, which features nationally recognized best practice programs in math, science and language arts.
One of the most important goals of all education, at every level, is to support and strengthen the disposition to go on learning throughout life. Therefore, Our Lady of Mercy Academy will be implementing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in the fall of our 2012-2013 school year in the Early Childhood Program.
STEM enables children to:
- be intellectually engaged and absorbed
- be intellectually challenged
- be engaged in extended interactions
- be involved in sustained investigations of aspects of their own environment and experiences worthy of their interest, knowledge, and understanding
- take initiative in a range of activities and accepting responsibility for what is accomplished
- apply their developing basic literacy and numeric skills in purposeful ways
- feel that they belong to a group of their peers
- Students will use scientific inquiry to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
- Access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
- Understand and apply scientific concepts, principles and environmental issues and to recognize the historical development of ideas in science.
- Apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.
- Understand the relationships and common themes that connect science and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.
- Apply the knowledge and thinking skills of science and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.
FOSS is a research based science program for grades Pre-K through 8 developed with support from the National Science Foundation. Development of the FOSS program is guided by advances in the understanding of how children are think and learn.
- Thinking process: relating, organizing, comparing, communicating, and observing
- Pre-s and pre-k: weather, insects, our body and senses, health and nutrition, and earth science
Rutgers Balanced Literacy
Our Lady of Mercy Academy is the only Catholic school in the state of New Jersey that is a member of the Rutgers Center for Effective School Practice. The CESP works with us in further developing and supporting our balanced literacy program in order for our students to read and write effectively and fluently. Our work focuses on the early foundations of reading and writing.
Balanced Literacy for pre-s and pre-k includes:
- Interactive Reading
- Interactive Writing
- Read Alouds
- Writer’s Workshops
Everyday Mathematics is a comprehensive Pre-K through Grade 6 mathematics curriculum developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Program. Everyday Mathematics is integrated into the daily life of the classroom and builds on mathematics that emerge naturally from children’s play.
The integrated, ongoing approach helps children develop a strong foundation based on experience and understanding. The hands on. playful mathematics activities that make up this program are designed to help children explore a range of mathematical topics including: counting, measurement, shapes, position and spatial relationships, patterns and sorting. Ongoing classroom routines, such as helping with attendance and using a simple calendar, give children real life opportunities to develop and define a variety of mathematical skills and become independent in “math thinkers.”