Welcome to Preschool!

Mr. Adam Locke has been the lead teacher since 2020 and has worked
towards expanding both the days and length of time the class meets. He
has served at St. Thomas More since 2009 and initially worked as the
Teacher’s Aide to Preschool and Pre-kindergarten.
He enjoys watching the children grow and flourish. The Pre-K class
performs weekly Science/ S.T.E.A.M. experiments, has regular alphabet
lessons, and learns age-appropriate math concepts. He also gives regular
exposure to the Bible, and his class attends Mass at least once per month.
He believes that children learn through play, and he gives ample
structured and unstructured time for the children to play in the classroom
each day.
He grew up locally in North Seattle, attending Shorecrest H.S and
Edmonds C.C. Adam has volunteered his time with Vacation Bible School,
coaching youth athletics, and leading afterschool clubs. He and his wife
were married in 1996 and joined St. Thomas More Parish shortly
thereafter. Their daughter attended St. Thomas More School and now
studies at UW (Go Huskies!).


Preschool Overview

  • Promoting independence (putting away personal items, cleaning up, washing hands, morning work)
  • Encouraging social/emotional skills (sharing, interacting with others, being comfortable talking in front of a group, controlling emotions)
  • Using manipulatives to strengthen fingers for writing
  • Developing large motor skills (running, jumping, climbing, balancing, kicking)
  • Learning through play (dramatic play, building with blocks, sensory table)
  • Exploring concepts in all major areas (science, math, reading, writing)
  • Show-and-tell based on letter of week to encourage public speaking and promote conversation
  • Fun and interactive science experiments
  • Weekly music and library

Preschool Standards


  • Know that God created the world, others, me and all I see
  • Begin to understand angels have been created by God
  • Memorize The Guardian Angel prayer
  • Know Bible is the holy book which contains stories of God’s creation and Jesus’ life
  • Jesus came to live on Earth because He wanted to share God’s love
  • Experience Mass
  • Become familiar with liturgical calendar: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter
  • Understand concept of sin
  • Use prayer to talk to God for forgiveness, in thanksgiving and to help us

Communicating (Literacy):

  • Uses words to describe actions/emotions
  • Remembers and follows directions involving 2 or 3 steps
  • Listens to others and responds in a group discussion
  • Joins in and makes up songs, and rhymes that play with sound of language
  • Sings a song or says a poem from memory


  • Begins to sound out words
  • Begins to identify individual letters of alphabet
  • Understands which symbols are letters and which are numbers
  • Knows print has meaning
  • Recognizes own name in print
  • Begins to understand the order in which a page is read


  • Makes marks, scribbles or letter like shapes and identifies them as words
  • Uses pretend writing during play
  • Attempts to copy one or more letters of the alphabet
  • Begins to print and copy own name
  • Identifies some letters


  • Count to 30 and beyond
  • Give next number in sequence 1 to 10
  • Uses measuring tools in play
  • Matches and sorts simple shapes
  • Compares size
  • Works puzzles up to 10 pieces
  • Follows simple direction for position


  • Have fun, hands-on science experiments
  • Ask questions and identify ways to find answers
  • Predict what will happen
  • Use tools to explore environment
  • Measure sand or water
  • Talk about changes in weather and seasons

Social Studies:

  • Describe family members and understands simple relationships
  • Adopts roles of family members during dramatic play
  • Draws own family
  • Recognize some people in community by their jobs
  • Talk about what they want to be when they grow up
  • Recognize that roads have signs or a name and houses have numbers to help identify location

Social/Emotional Skills:

  • Begin to develop self-concept
  • Begin to utilize self-management
  • Learning to learn
  • Building relationships
  • Developing social behaviors
  • Increasing problem solving and conflict resolution skills

Growing up Healthy:

  • Developing daily living skills
  • Beginning awareness of nutrition and health
  • Gaining personal safety skills

Touching, Seeing, Hearing and Moving Around:

  • Developing gross and fine motor skills
  • Using the senses to explore
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