3-5 Year Old Program Goals

Children develop skills at different ages and teachers look at children individually. Teachers prepare lessons with a variety of goals and open-ended opportunities allowing for different stages of learning and development. 

As children master one milestone another skill is introduced and reinforced throughout the year. Children will be introduced to the social-emotional curriculum as well as pre-academic skills preparing them for kindergarten. Holy Cross Academy uses the Second Step Social Emotional curriculum and the Learning Without Tears writing program.  

Children also attend a variety of special classes to enhance the classroom curriculum and lesson plans: Music, Gym, Body, and Balance, Science, and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Language Skills

  • Communicate with peers and teachers
  • Problem-solve and express feelings 
  • Explore books and storylines to sequence events
  • Ask and answer questions to explore new concepts


  • Verbally count to 20 or higher
  • Explore shapes and puzzles
  • Measurement, size, and label visual amounts
  • Calendar: Months and days of the week
  • One-to-One Correspondence
  • Patterns and Graphing


  • Letter and sound introduction
  • Book concepts
  • Poems, songs, and nursery rhymes
  • Written expression with a variety of writing utensils


  • Development of friends
  • Problem-solving
  • Emotional regulation and identifying feelings
  • Learning to work in a group
  • Develop basic safety skills and self-awareness


  • Introduction to Bible parables
  • Jesus is our Friend and is always around
  • Focus on Advent and Lent 
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd 
  • Visit school chapel
  • Mass with K-8 students and Families
  • School-wide prayer services
  • Dailybprayer