Curriculum

Morning Program

We believe that children learn best through hands-on exploration and play. Therefore, we utilize a child-centered thematic approach to education. Each theme is accompanied by corresponding lessons using a large variety of hands-on materials, songs, fingerplays, stories, science experiments, and art projects. We allow children to make choices from a variety of interesting activities and outside exploration.

Included in our day is a small group time for introductions to basic language, math, social studies, and science skills. Children's faith development is honored through prayer before snack, and we are reminded of God's love for us through bible stories at chapel time.

Our classes for 2½ year olds and 3 year olds are designed to foster social and emotional growth. Children are encouraged to take turns, share with their friends, listen to a story, learn words to communicate their feelings, make independent choices, and become confident in the culture of school.

Our Pre-K classes use the curriculum "Handwriting Without Tears" to teach letters, numbers, language literacy, and writing using age-appropriate methods. Of course, the Pre-K students continue to grow socially and emotionally as they learn more about themselves and each other in cooperative play.

Our morning schedule includes:

  • Welcome activity
  • Circle Time--including special Music with Mr. Joshua every Friday and story time every day.
  • Learning Centers--including dramatic play area, blocks, floor puzzles and table-top puzzles, play-dough, easel painting, art projects, library, hands-on manipulatives such as magnets, magnifying glasses, shape and counting/sorting activities, cooking, and other hands-on activities that pertain to the theme.
  • Chapel--takes place in First Lutheran Church's sanctuary, once a week on Wednesdays and the 1st Thursday of the month.
  • Snack--fresh fruit and cereal or pretzels to eat, and water to drink.
  • Recess--indoor space is available for large motor activities when the weather does not permit us to go outside.

Afternoon Program

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The curriculum is project-based where children are encouraged to form questions and do research using hands-on exploration. Building on natural curiosity, children are encouraged to interact, question, connect, problem-solve, communicate, reflect, and more. A weekly nature walk in a small wooded area on our campus provides opportunities to observe the changing seasons. "Handwriting Without Tears" is also included in the curriculum. Children draw their observations in journals and dictate stories for the teachers to record. STEAM is for children age 4-5 years.

The afternoon schedule includes:

  • Welcome activity Meeting Time-- Teacher led discussion to help children form questions about a topic.
  • Project Development-- What will we need to research our topic?
  • Project Activity-- Experimentation and learning through play--may take place outside or inside.
  • Project Recording-- Using art, language, and technology, children record and express what they have learned through observation and experimentation.
  • Recess--indoor space is available for large motor activities when the weather does not permit us to go outside.

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch is open to all 4 year olds. Children eat their lunch from home with their school friends. 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. We serve 1% milk at lunch time. Parents should not pack food containing peanuts or tree nuts, including peanut butter.

Friday Fun Days

Friday Fun Days is our after school enrichment program for 4 year olds. Children stay for Lunch Bunch, then meet with their Friday Fun Days teachers from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (only on Fridays, of course!) Themes include the circus, travel around the world, making teddy bears, and more!