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Early Childhood (PreK 3 and PreK 4)

The St. Viator School Early Childhood program instilling confidence, independence, curiosity and a love of learning for our youngest students. Our 3 and 4-year-old preschool programs provide a solid foundation and a nurturing environment for social, emotional and academic development that places children on a path to lifelong learning.


Our preschool programs utilize hands-on learning to develop the entire child – mind, body, and spirit. Students develop their self-help skills to build their independence and personal pride. They are encouraged to ask questions and engage in discussions during class.  St. Viator’s preschool programs are rigorously evaluated and are recognized by the Office of Catholic Schools and the Illinois State Board of Education. Students participate in classroom extension classes, such as music and library. Physical Education programming develops children’s gross and fine motor skills. The young ones even travel to the Computer Lab, where they learn responsible use of technological resources.


St. Viator PreK 3 Curriculum


We understand that St. Viator School is the first classroom experience for many of our PreK 3 students. We focus on making their introductions to new teachers, new friends and classroom structure positive experiences. Through the Peace Builder Program, we teach our students, starting with the preschoolers, kindness, respect for others, and compassion. Throughout our Early Childhood instruction, we foster a sense of independence and high self-esteem.


Academic concepts covered in PreK 3 include:

  • Name & letter recognition and formation

  • Auditory & visual discrimination

  • Listening comprehension

  • Memory recall

  • Literature appreciation

  • Recognition of colors

  • Number recognition, counting and grouping objects

  • Shapes, patterns, & sequencing

  • Classification and comparison

St. Viator PreK 4 Curriculum

In PreK 4, students are individually assessed so instruction best serves their needs. Students review and reinforce the skills and concepts they previously learned. Children are encouraged to discover their independence and natural talents, guided to make positive choices, and follow and understand rules in preparation for Kindergarten. During this year, students utilize the Superkids®, Happily Ever After program to develop their reading readiness. Happily Ever After utilizes children’s literature to build these foundations. Spanish is introduced in PreK 4 as students learn basic words and commands in the Spanish language. Learning centers are introduced during the year,  providing students with hands-on activities in math, art, writing, and science. Centers provide students the opportunity to connect with different learning styles that make lessons fun yet still meaningful.


Academic concepts covered in PreK 4 include:

  • Literature appreciation

  • Story dictation

  • Journal writing/drawing

  • Graphing

  • Measurement

  • Position, sequencing, classification, and comparison

Program Information

Our PreK classrooms each have a teacher and a teacher’s aide with classes capped at twenty students. The student-to-teacher ratio does not exceed 10:1.


PreK 3 Class Options:

  • Three days (M-W-F) or five days (M-T-W-TH-F) per week; and

  • Half-day (7:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) or full-day (7:50 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.) attendance


PreK 4 Class Options:

  • Five days (M-T-W-TH-F) per week; and

  • Half -day (7:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) or full-day (7:50 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.) attendance

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