Every child is a unique creation of our heavenly Father with an individual pattern and timing of growth, as well as individual personality, learning style and family background.
Every child is in need of developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, knowing Him as Lord and Savior.
Children acquire knowledge about their physical and social settings through playful, hands-on interaction with their environment.
Teachers of young children are guides or facilitators responsible for preparing an environment that will provide stimulation, challenging materials, and activities for their students to explore.
First Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool shall endeavor to provide a safe, loving, nurturing, and spiritually motivating environment, encouraging whole child growth and development while responding to the needs of families. Each child will be exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences, encouraged to explore his/her environment, and participate in activities in which he/she will experience success. Although specific learning experiences will be planned for each day, the atmosphere will not be so highly structured as to prevent the use of incidental learning situations to their fullest extent.
An integral part of our ministry is to respond to your family needs and provide you with spiritual and emotional support. We will strive to create opportunities for families to come together in fellowship, and to encourage you in your role as a Christian parent.
What children will learn in our preschool…
In our full day program they will learn:
How to be a student
1. They begin to learn structure and routine
2. They learn to control impulses
3. They learn to conduct themselves as part of a classroom and as a group
4. They learn to share time and space as well as toys
How to make friends
1. Our preschool offers opportunities to begin friendships
2. They learn to use their words to settle differences
How to be independent
1. Our teachers encourage children to take responsibility for their actions, passions, and classroom
2. This early practice in self care skills will give your child confidence in other settings
How to tell a story (Language Development)
1. Children have many opportunities to hear stories as well as tell them (journaling)
2. Listening to stories helps them grasp the concept that a plot has a beginning, middle, and an end
3. Children are motivated to read on their own
How to cut and paste (Fine motor/Pre-writing)
1. Children are able to work with scissors, glue, crayons and markers
2. They will use play-doh and tongs
3. These will develop small muscles which are critical during the preschool years. This will help with writing skills later on.
How to build with blocks and use manipulatives (Math)
1. Research has found that when preschoolers play with blocks they gain special skills and hands on math experience.
2. Playing with manipulatives they learn to sort and classify
How to navigate and explore
1. Preschoolers are natural scientists, and benefit from having plenty of opportunities for hands-on, self-directed experimentation
2. Children are encouraged to choose activities and classroom materials on their own.
3. All materials and activities are age and developmentally appropriate
Preschool children learn more when they are having fun!
Most important thing they will learn at our preschool:
1. God loves us so much that He gave His only Son
2. God loves us unconditionally
3. Jesus loves us so much that He died and rose again so that we may be saved