St. Matthew Lutheran Preschool has adopted One In Christ, a Christ-focused curriculum published by Concordia Publishing House, which provides hands-on learning for even the youngest of God’s children. From songs to Bible stories to play time, preschoolers will learn about Jesus and grow in their understanding of God and His Word. Created for daycare centers, church nurseries, and preschool settings, each level offers 52 weeks of curriculum for four days per week. Our teacher(s) will jointly plan activities based on weekly themes and child interest. Our program also focuses on providing the children with skills necessary for Kindergarten Readiness. The variety of methods and styles will benefit the many different style learners in the classroom.

During this unprecedented time, as we all make changes to our lives due to COVID-19 Pandemic, we are offering one class for the 2020-2021 School Year. Below is a brief overview of the program.

  • We are capping our enrollment to 10.

  • This program is a 5 day a week program.

  • The hours of instruction are 8:30am-12:30pm

  • Chapel will remain as a part of the curriculum. 

 

Program Goals

St. Matthew Lutheran Preschool’s program identifies the following goals in each area of child development:

Social/emotional/spiritual:

  • to become more aware of God’s presence in our world

  • to learn to love God and others

  • to develop a good self-image

  • to develop independence and self-confidence,

  • to follow rules and routines,

  • to make friends, and learn what it means to be part of a group.

Cognitive:

  • to develop thinking skills such as the ability to solve problems

  • to learn how to ask good questions

  • to think through tasks logically

Math and Science:

  • to introduce mathematical concepts such as sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, making patterns, and measurement

  • to develop and use scientific reasoning and problem solving skills

Communication, Language, and Literacy:

  • to use words to communicate with others, increasing each child’s vocabulary

  • to develop skills in listening to and appropriate ways to participate in conversations with others

  • to understand the purpose of print, recognize letters and words, and begin writing for a purpose. 

Physical and Health and Safety:

  • to develop large muscle skills - balancing, running, jumping, throwing, and catching

  • to develop small muscle skills to do tasks like buttoning, stringing beads, cutting, drawing, and writing

  • to learn about how to care for the body, including healthy eating habits, the importance of exercise, and daily habits like keeping one’s hands clean, brushing teeth, etc.

Creative Arts:

  • to experience and enjoy art, music, and rhythm and understand how they can use these gifts to glorify God,

  • to interact with classmates, developing their social awareness as they participate their dramatic play

Play

During the preschool years, a child’s work is playing. Play is an important part of your child’s development. Staff will engage children in various forms of play that will work on fine motor skills and gross motor skills.

Uniforms:

We believe here at St. Matthew that school uniforms keep our preschoolers focused on learning and build a sense of community within our school. When getting ready in the morning at home, our preschoolers begin getting excited about school as soon as they get dressed. They enter the building feeling positive about the school day and are ready to learn. The children are more focused on expressing themselves through their personalities, school work and play, rather than their outward appearance.

 

The following list outlines the expectations that will apply to all preschoolers:

  • Children will wear a red polo. A school polo is provided as a part of your registration fee. Additional school polos are available for $10, or children may wear a plain red polo.

  • Children will be expected to wear khaki bottoms: pants, shorts, or skirts with white tights.

  • All removable clothing; i.e. coats, backpacks, etc.  should be labeled with your child’s name.

  • Expect your child to get messy as “playing” with many different things are all part of development. Aprons will be provided during art activities.

  • Please ensure that your child has proper shoes so they can participate safely in outdoor and gym games. Proper shoes include shoes with closed toes and a sturdy back.

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