The Catholic Preschools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco are committed to the mission of the Church by providing quality, age-appropriate learning environments that nurture the development of the whole child. Working collaboratively with the families, the preschools will focus on preparing the children to be productive citizens of the 21st Century.--San Francisco Archdiocese Mission

To educate and prepare the whole chid in a nurturing environment based on Catholic values and beliefs in order that the child may become a responsible and active member of the Church and society.--Nativity School’s Mission

Children should experience interactions, relationships, activities, and play that would support successful learning and development in math and language and literacy. Social-emotional competencies as well as other cognitive and motivational competencies are required for success in school. --California Department of Education

Nativity Preschool is committed to the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s preschool goals:

Spiritual Development

Students will:

  • Learn prayers (Sign of the Cross, Hail Mary, Our Father, Prayer before Meals).
  • Learn the liturgical calendar (main liturgical seasons, May as a month for Mary, Saint Days).
  • Develop an understanding of religious terms (cross, Mass, sisters, priests, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, God).
  • Learn how to talk and listen to God through prayer – understanding prayerful behaviors/attitudes.
  • Experience the Bible through stories, song and dramatic activities.
  • Experience the faith community of the classroom/school/parish.
  • Integrate God and values throughout the curriculum.
  • Learn that Jesus teaches us in many ways how to show our love for others.

Cognitive Development


Students will:

  • Understand that printed material provides information.
  • Track words from left to right; top to bottom.
  • Develop a sense of book use and begin to identify parts of a book (title, author, cover, illustrations).
  • Distinguish letters from words.
  • Recognize the sequence of a story.
  • Recognize first and last name when printed.
  • Learn to rhyme words.
  • Recognize and name letter of the alphabet out of order.
  • Enjoy listening to stories – including fiction and non-fiction.
  • Actively work on reading comprehension by retelling a story, predicting what might happen next, and identifying details of the story.
  • Discriminate between words that begin/end with different sounds.


Students will:

  • Listen and respond to oral communication.
  • Speak in clear and coherent sentences.
  • Understand and follow one and two step directions.
  • Share information and ideas, speak audibly, in complete, coherent sentences.
  • Listen attentively, respectfully, and without interrupting during instruction and to the ideas of others.
  • Understand and correctly use position words (under, over, on, in, etc.).
  • Use words to express frustration, solve problems and state their needs.
  • Develop vocabulary for social communication and interaction.
  • Develop vocabulary and use it appropriately as related to classroom routine.
  • Participate in socio-dramatic play.


Students will:

  • Be able to write their first name.
  • Draw pictures and describe the pictures using detail words.

Social Studies

Students will:

  • Learn the classroom routines.
  • Learn how to adjust to new environmental settings.
  • Learn about and begin to value heritages and extended family members.
  • Learn their address, including city and state.
  • Learn about age-appropriate cultural diversities and experience through hands-on activities related to the traditions of various countries Cinco de Mayo, International/Cultural Day, Chinese New Year).
  • Learn about community helpers.
  • Participate in social outreach projects.
  • Participate in simple recycling projects and discover how recycling helps the ecology/environment.
  • Develop a sense of patriotism. Begin to know the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Learn the difference between fact and fiction.
  • Learn about spirit and pride.
  • Learn acceptance and faith.
  • Understand what thankfulness means.
  • Experience the ability to give to and share with others.
  • Discuss and practice cooperation and teamwork.
  • Explore monthly themes (including key events/people in history, use of map, globe, etc.).


Students will:

  • Enjoy science through simple hands-on experiments.

    Physical Science
    • Explore physical change (water, steam, ice-liquid, vapor, solid).
    Life Science
    • Learn about insects and plants.
    • Learn about different types of animals and their habitats
    • Learn about hibernation and why animals hibernate.
    • Learn about life cycles and about process and growth.
    Earth Science
    • Learn about seasons and how seasons change.
    • Learn about temperature and the difference between hot and cold.
    • Learn to mix colors
    • Explore the five senses.

Social and Emotional Development

Students will:

  • Be comfortable separating from parents/care providers.
  • Gain confidence in learning classroom rules and routine.
  • Learn to cooperate with others and develop friendships.
  • Learn how to respect self and others (teachers/peers).
  • Learn to verbally express individual feelings.
  • Listen when others speak.
  • Make self-directed choices.
  • Differentiate between free choice activities and teacher directed activities.
  • Take pride in accomplishments.
  • Use imagination.
  • Learn to take turns and include others in play.

Pre-Math and Problem Solving

Students will:

  • Understand simple graphing problems (bar graph, circle graph, line graph) and draw conclusions.
  • Recognize and begin to draw basic shapes.
  • Learn and experience numbers.
  • Learn simple addition and subtraction concepts.
  • Introduce simple money concepts.
  • Begin to rote count (1-50).
  • Sort and classify objects.
  • Begin to explore measurement and length.
  • Explore concepts in weight.
  • Learn about quantities and sets.
  • Continue to practice sequencing activities.
  • Complete concepts of time.
  • Learn about small to large.
  • Copy and create simple patterns.

Motor Skills:

Students will:

  • Learn hand/eye coordination (puzzles, Legos, beading, pasting etc.).
  • Develop muscles needed for fine/gross acuteness.
  • Learn about horizontal, vertical, curved and straight lines.
  • Practice pour, spoon, and scoop actions.
  • Draw shapes and objects.
  • Learn to cut on the lines and simple patterns.
  • Draw self- portraits and family members.
  • Color with control.
  • Be able to fasten elements found on clothing (snaps, zippers, buttons).
  • Creatively manipulate clay and dough.
  • Learn to hop, skip, jump and balance.

Sensory and Perceptual Skills:

Students will:

  • Match and sort objects by two attributes.
  • Identify positions of objects.
  • Recognize similarities and difference in objects and classify sounds and touch.
  • Be alert to the presence and absence of sound.
  • Locate the direction of sound.
  • Recognize similarities and differences in sounds.
  • Recognize and repeat simple beat sequences.

Fine Arts and Creativity

Students will:

  • Experience tactile creativity.
  • Express imagination through abstract art.
  • Freely explore materials (sensory materials, play dough, etc.).
  • Learn all common colors.
  • Experience teacher directed art projects.
  • Express feelings through dance, music, and movement.
  • Experience art through nature, by observing as well as using found materials (shells, rocks, leaves, etc.).

Health and Safety

Students will:

  • Be introduced to nutrition and food groups.
  • Enjoy healthy daily snacks.
  • Learn school safety procedures including fire safety and earthquake preparedness.
  • Learn proper hand washing techniques.
  • Learn about keeping a germ-free environment.
  • Learn about proper hygiene (bathroom care, teeth brushing, hair care, etc.).
  • Learn about the importance of adult supervision.
  • Learn about stranger safety.
  • Learn Personal Safety Program, “Talk About Touching.”