At First Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten, we provide high quality, play based, faith filled, early childhood opportunities for children aged 2 through 6 to grow and thrive. Our goal is to support children in feeling comfortable, confident and joyful at school through play, exploration, creativity and connection.
Believes children learn best through play.
Provides a safe and engaging environment where children feel connected and free to thrive.
Utilizes current research, curriculum and best practices to support social, emotional, cognitive, physical and language development.
Maintains low teacher/student ratios with highly skilled teachers and assistants guiding each class.
OUR CLASS OFFERINGS
Kindergarten for children 5 years of age by August 31. This class meets Mondays through Fridays from 9:00am-1:00pm. Our Kindergarten curriculum aligns with the expectations for Kindergarten put forth by the state of Washington. Tuition includes the enrichment offerings of Spanish, Kid Moves, Yoga, Chapel and Music.
Lions for children 4 years of age by August 31. This class meets Mondays through Thursdays in either the morning or the afternoon. AM Lions meet from 9:00am-12:00pm. PM Lions meet from 1:00-4:00pm.
Doves for children 3 years of age by August 31. This class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00-11:30am.
Giraffes for children 3 years of age by August 31. This class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-11:30am. This is a great option for children with summer birthdays who have the option of going into kindergarten at either age 5 or 6.
Lambs for children 2 years of age by March 1, 2020. This class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 am. There is the possibility of extending to 11:30 am starting in January.
Kangaroos for children 20 months to 2 ½ years of age and an adult. This class provides an opportunity for parents to participate in activities with their child, form relationships and receive support from other parents. Kangaroos meets on Fridays from 9:00-11:00 am
Bookworms for children 3-5 years old. This literature-based class focuses on one children’s book a week, with activities based on the book or its theme. Bookworms meets on Fridays from 9:00-11:30am.
Parents are invited and encouraged to observe all of our classes and ask questions of their current teachers as well as the teachers in their child’s next educational setting. Please check with the director about observation times.
“A child reminds us that playtime is an essential part of our daily routine.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
While the schedule for each classroom differs to honor the developmental stages and abilities of the students, each class incorporates the following components to their classroom routine:
Welcome and Check In: Connection is a key part of helping children feel safe and comfortable at school. Each child is greeted by their teachers upon arrival. We practice together life skills including taking care of our belongings and washing our hands.
Circle: Circle time is one of the greatest joys of the school day. Children connect as a group to practice listening to each other, taking turns, and understanding/exploring the theme and activities for the day. Music, counting, letters, games and more are incorporated into circle time.
Story: Children imagine, explore and cultivate a love for reading and story telling during our daily group story time.
Chapel: Sharing God’s love is a key part of First Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten’s ministry. Children experience chapel weekly where they sing, pray, learn Bible stories together and are invited to share a food offering for the Backpack Kids outreach program.
Music: Children sing, chant, play instruments and dance to music with Mr. Joel and in the classroom each week.
Centers and Art: Children explore a variety of learning centers and opportunities for creative expression. This includes sensory play, dramatic play, blocks, fine motor activities, books, puzzles, science exploration, painting, drawing, creating, building and more.
Outdoor Exploration: We strive for longer, deeper play outdoors every day. Please help your child dress for the weather. We do have an indoor playroom as an alternative for days when the weather is extreme.
Free Play: While we do offer learning centers each day, some of children’s greatest learning and growth happens when given the opportunity to choose and develop their play. Often free play provides the best moments for children to practice problem solving, negotiate sharing and develop empathy.
Clean-up: Children care for each other and the classroom by helping during clean-up time.
Snack: Children share in snack time to practice eating and talking together. Each child is given a day to provide snack for the class on the monthly snack calendar. Kindergarten students bring their own lunch to school each day. PLEASE NOTE: We are a nut free school.
Goodbye: The connections children develop with their peers and teachers each day are important. A special goodbye is offered each day to remind children that we will gather together again soon.
OUR ENRICHMENT OFFERINGS
We are delighted to offer the following learning opportunities as extensions to your child’s school day.
Spanish – Ms. Carolina uses music, literature, poetry, games, art and drama to engage children in learning Spanish. It is offered on Mondays to Doves and Kindergarten, and Tuesdays to Lambs, Giraffes and Lions.
Kid Moves – Ms. Karen engages children in interactive exercises to build community and encourage movement, musicality and rhythm. Kid Moves is offered Wednesdays to Doves and Lions, and Thursdays to Lambs, Giraffes and Kindergarten.
Discovery Kids – Ms. Carolina offers this science-based enrichment opportunity to help children explore the world around them with curiosity and a scientific mind. Discovery Kids is available to Lions on Thursdays.
Lunch Bunch is offered daily beginning at 11:00am and ending at 1:00pm. Children bring a lunch from home and enjoy extended time with their peers, eating lunch together and playing both in the classroom and outside. Parents may sign children up on a reoccurring basis or each morning before class starts. The cost for Lunch bunch is $6 per 30 minutes.