Pre-Primary, Ages 3-6
At Prince of Peace we are dedicated to educating the whole child. In the Pre-Primary classrooms you will see Math Materials, like beads, tiles, and spools for counting, cylinders for differentiating differences in size, and rods for recognizing the difference in amount. You will notice the children working on art projects that help them develop grip (which will later lead to better pencil control). Children will learn Language skills by practicing with the movable alphabet, sandpaper letters, sound bags, and reading books with teachers. Children learn to care for themselves and their environment with washing and pouring activities. There is a Peace Shelf where they learn about Religion and have materials that help them practice skills they will need to center themselves. Children learn about their world with wooden puzzle maps shaped like the continents or the United States. You will notice that the sense of community is strong in the classroom, as well as in the school.
MI, Ages 6-9
At Prince of Peace we are dedicated to educating the whole child. In the MI (6-9) classrooms you will see Math Materials, like beads and tiles, that help with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Children work with clocks, money, geometric materials, and fractions. Children may still use the movable alphabet in first grade, but they are recording much more work in their notebooks. They have symbols to help them learn their different parts of speech. They enjoy reading by themselves or with classmates. There is a Religion shelf, where they learn different bible stories and aspects of the Catholic faith. Children learn about their world with wooden puzzle maps shaped like the continents or the United States there are also works that teach about animals, plants, and the people of the world. You will notice that the children take ownership of the classroom and have jobs that help keep it running smoothly.
MII, Ages 9-12
At Prince of Peace we are dedicated to educating the whole child. In the MII (9-12) classrooms you will see children working with the fractions materials, as well as math cards. They can use the bead frames and chains to reinforce ideas, but are moving toward more abstract thinking. They practice more complex addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. Children still work with the grammar symbols and learn about diagramming sentences. They still enjoy reading on their own and reading chapter books with their classmates. They use textbooks, as well as materials, to help learn about the Catholic faith and other world religions. You will still recognize puzzle maps in the classroom, but will notice that the children use many other resources to research and learn about the continents, the government, and Kentucky. The children help care for their classroom with various jobs. They are starting to embrace leadership roles and help with various tasks around the school, as well. You will notice that the children seem confident and are comfortable asking questions to help them learn.
MIII, Ages 12-14
At Prince of Peace we are dedicated to educating the whole child. In the MIII (Jr. High) classrooms you notice that there are not as many manipulative materials on the shelves. The children are generally to a stage in their learning where they do not feel the need to use the concrete materials and are able to visualize things more abstractly. They work on more complex Math ideas, like Pre-Algebra. They learn geography skills and about our government with various hands on activities. They are reading novels and chapter books, completing reports, and practicing their creative writing skills. They continue to learn about grammar, but no longer use the symbols. Children learn about the Catholic faith and Religions of the world. They traditionally prepare a Stations of the Cross activity to help lead the entire school in prayer during Lent. The students have a kindergarten buddy that they enjoy meeting with at school, for fun and educational activities, and sitting with during mass, for more prayerful moments. You can tell that the children feel pride in their school and themselves.