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Pre-Kindergarten 3

For most students, this is their first school-age experience. Our goal is to help students increase their curiosity, while supporting their exploration of the world around them. At this age students begin to add more words to their vocabulary and start speaking in short, but complete sentences. “Why” and “how” become two of their favorite words. Their gross and fine motor skills increase allowing them to begin to move their bodies differently. This is the age when students begin to throw balls, jump, run, and skip with greater ease.

In the classroom, activities including drawing, stacking blocks, listening to stories, playing house, and copying shapes. Self-care is reinforced as they learn to dress and undress themselves and wash and dry their hands.

Faith experiences are introduced through daily prayer and Bible stories. Seasons of the church year are explored, and students celebrate Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter.

Ms. Cheryl Lavoie, PreK 3 Teacher
Ms. Lavoie has been a lifelong resident of Manchester, NH. She studied Early Childhood Education at Manchester Community College and has been working for Cardinal Lacroix Academy for 10+ years. She has worked as a paraprofessional, assistant teacher, lead teacher and after school program co-director. Ms. Lavoie has three children who are graduates of St. Anthony School now known as Cardinal Lacroix Academy. In her spare time she enjoys baking, working out at the YMCA, and volunteering at the Palace Theater.


One of the things that separates CLA from other early childhood centers is our ability to get children accustomed to a full-day of school schedule. Our focus is on their academic learning and growth in order to best prepare them for kindergarten and elementary school programs. 



  • Story time

  • Rhyming words

  • Sequencing

  • Oral language



  • Tracing

  • Coloring

  • Pencil grip



  • Explore numbers

  • Patterns

  • Sorting and classifying

  • Size differential 

  • Identify shapes and colors



  • Seasons

  • Weather

  • 5 senses

  • Animals


Social Studies

  • Fire safety 

  • Self awareness

  • Community helpers

  • Holidays



  • Daily prayer 

  • Moral values

  • Advent

  • Lent

  • Virtues

Reasons Parents are Choosing CLA

  • An academic curriculum in Pre-K that lays the foundation for learning

  • ​Title I help available for ages 5 and up

  • In class learning

  • Flexible payment plans and the most affordable tuition in the southern New Hampshire area

  • Structured curriculum and education

  • An after school program is available for parents that require additional care to their children

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