Riegel_140930_0368“I just want to tell you how incredibly happy we are at St. Michael’s. We hoped for the best, but our first two months have been beyond our best expectations.” –Mother of a 4 year old student, new to SMCDS as of fall 2014.


Our full day Pre-kindergarten program builds on those social and early-academic skills introduced in our preschool.  Each day, the children have a class meeting, enjoy a story time, and engage in a daily special-project which supports the lesson of the day.  Through play and structured learning activities, each and every day of Pre-kindergarten is filled with imagination and wonder.

St. Michael's Country Day School, Newport, RIThe Handwriting Without Tears program is used to develop fine motor skills, phonemic awareness and alphabetic knowledge. Foundational math and literacy concepts are explored in a center-based classroom.  These learning centers include blocks, writing, crafts, letter games, books, housekeeping and puzzles. Working individually and in groups, prekindergarteners gain experience, develop skills, and learn independence as well as responsibility.  Pre-kindergarten children engage in thematic studies including community helpers, nutrition, the five senses and the life cycle of a butterfly. Field trips and classroom visitors enrich these explorations and provide a variety of hands on experiences.

Our Pre-kindergarten program is enriched with weekly specials classes, including art, library,  science, and creative movement, all of which are taught by specialists who work closely with the classroom teachers to connect to the learning happening in the classroom.

St. Michael's Country Day School, Newport, RI

Sample Pre-kindergarten Schedule:

  • Arrival/Free Choice Time
  • Morning Meeting/Circle Time
  • Snack
  • Individual Lessons / Free Choice Time
  • Recess (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Special (Creative Movement, Science, PE, Geography and Cultural Studies, Art, Library)
  • Project
  • Lunch
  • Rest Time
  • Language Arts / Math / Handwriting Without Tears
  • Recess (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Individual Lessons / Free Choice Time
  • Songs & Stories and Dismissal