St. Michael's Country Day School, Newport, RISt. Michael’s preschool was our first experience with schools as being parents. Everyone was so helpful, kind, supportive, and eager to partner with us as we took those first few steps in our child’s scholastic life. St. Michael’s helped us feel confident, and we were amazed to see our child grow and develop so quickly and in so many ways. We LOVE that school.”   – SMCDS Mother and Father of a Kindergartener 

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 In a warm and intimate learning environment, our preschoolers feel comfortable expanding the boundaries of their worlds, while also building cooperative and trusting relationships with their peers and adults. Our program provides an opportunity for three year olds to socialize, play, sing and learn in a small group, while also being introduced to early academic concepts and skills that will develop in sophistication throughout their early childhood schooling.

The preschool teachers have an excellent understanding of the unique needs of a young child’s development and provide expert guidance as they take their first steps into school. During this full day program, the children learn about colors, shapes, numbers and letters and also about sharing and taking care of their materials. The teachers combine a host of traditional approaches to classroom instruction, including Montessori approaches, as they successfully reach each student, each at their own unique pace and in their own unique style.

Every day is filled with opportunities for the children to explore, investigate, and play. Preschool students also participate in weekly creative movement classes and story time in the library. In addition to their core classroom experiences, the preschool weekly program is enriched with creative movement class, science class, physical education, and a visit to the library, as well as access to the art studio and ceramics studio, and all of these classes are taught by specialist teachers in those fields.           

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Sample Preschool Schedule:

  • Arrival
  • Individual Lessons / Free Choice
  • Circle Time
  • Snack Time
  • Recess (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Second Circle / Specials (Creative Movement, Art, Science, Library, Physical Education)
  • Individual Lessons / Free Choice
  • Lunch
  • Rest and Story time
  • Free Choice
  • Outside Play and Dismissal