Preschool

Who We Are

Here at Christ Lutheran, we believe it is our job to develop and nurture little knights to love Jesus and others!  We encourage our children to try new and exciting things inside the classroom as well as outside. Our preschool is a place that encourages hands-on learning and discovery through play!   Through our program, we pray that each preschooler will blossom in their self-esteem, gain independence and know without a doubt, that Jesus loves them. 

Purpose:  At Christ Lutheran Preschool, we exist to nurture young children and to stimulate their spiritual, physical, emotional, verbal and cognitive development, as well as, encourage positive self-esteem and social interaction.

Mission:  The Preschool is an integral part of the total purpose and goal of Christ Lutheran Church. We teach faith through Bible stories and cross curriculum lessons. The Preschool partners with families by helping their children come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Our mission is to help children gain a healthy sense of self, create a life-long love of learning and know they are special in the eyes of God.

Curriculum: Creative and happy experiences with others are some of the goals of our preschool program. The activities we offer encourage growth and development in these areas:

  • Reading and Number Readiness
  • Science Concepts and Problem Solving
  • Large and Small Motor Coordination
  • Social Development and Interaction
  • Language Development
  • Music and Bible Stories
  • Creative Art and Expression

The curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs and interests of each child, emphasizing the building of self-reliance and problem solving abilities in all developmental areas. We also offer an individual Science and Engineering class to those children who are interested.

Enrollment

Enrollment into Christ Lutheran Preschool is open to any child without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin or ancestry. Children must be at least 18 months to enter the program and do not have to be potty trained to enroll. We offer 2-Day, 3-Day and 5-Day programs that are half-day (until 11:45 am), school-day (until 3:30 pm), or full-day (until 6:00 pm). We would love to give you a personal tour of our preschool facility and share with you all of the wonderful things happening here at Christ Lutheran Preschool! Please contact Kristie Flohra, our preschool director, at mrs.flohra@christcm.org.


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Toddlers

Christ Lutheran believes that development takes place throughout the child's day, and that each moment has a purpose. To fulfill this purpose, our toddler classroom is designed with opportunities for children, both indoors and outdoors, to explore, create, learn, and grow using their five senses! Throughout the day, children at this age are also taught simple Bible stories and concepts to help them begin to understand that Jesus loves them and cares for them. We also want them to know that they are designed by God and are special!

Preschool

Our preschool curriculum is set up to expose children to a wide variety of learning styles and concepts. More than anything, we want our preschoolers to know that Jesus loves them, and made them unique! “Play with a purpose” is the primary concept on which our preschool curriculum is based. We believe that this type of play is the child’s most valuable learning tool and the means to developing self-awareness, confidence, and problem solving skills. In the classroom, the children learn through structured activities, classroom projects, and self-regulated play with peers. We strive to foster and encourage each child’s natural progression of development, while exposing to them to a language rich environment in the areas of beginning math concepts, fine motor activities, gross motor activities, art, dramatic play, Bible stories, music and movement, and social interactions. The outdoor classroom is also an important part of the preschool curriculum. Our preschoolers spend approximately 30% of their day outdoors, learning many of the same concepts that are taught inside the classroom.

Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K)

Pre-kindergarten is similar to our preschool curriculum, in that we believe it is important to expose children to a wide variety of learning styles and concepts. As the natural progression of development occurs, we focus on the child’s individual growth and development. We encourage the children to explore their environment and strive to further cultivate their love of learning. Our language rich environment supports all learners by stating and demonstrating the expectations for classroom behavior and introducing concepts that will lay the foundation for their school experience. In the classroom, we nurture and encourage each child’s natural progression, using evidence-based materials and developmental milestones to form our curriculum. Academic concepts such as counting, letters, numbers and writing are also introduced using a multi-sensory approach. In addition, the outdoor classroom is also an important part of our pre-k curriculum. Our pre-k students spend approximately 30% of their day outdoors, learning many of the same concepts that are taught inside the classroom and extending the learning.

Junior Kindergarten (Jr-K/TK)

Junior kindergarten is designed for students who may be of chronological age to enter kindergarten, but would benefit from a “year of grace” to grow and mature. This is a 5-day program that provides an intentionally designed learning environment that is similar to that of a kindergarten classroom, but allows time to explore topics of interest more deeply. There is also not the expectation that the child must master all of the concepts during this school year. The junior kindergarten classroom is not designed to be completely academic, but rather, allows for a blending of both academic concepts and time for developmentally appropriate milestones to be reached. Our goal is to provide children with practice and exposure using multi-sensory techniques to continue to promote their academic skills, all while focusing on self-regulation, social interaction with peers, and other standards of kindergarten readiness. The outdoor classroom continues to be an important part of the learning experience in Jr-K, and students will spend approximately 30% of their day outdoors, just as they do in other classes. This allows for extension of classroom learning throughout the day.