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About our Classes

 

At St. John Lutheran Preschool we are committed to developing the whole child. We grow children in five areas – spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally and physically. We are a program that provides developmentally appropriate activities for all children – taking them from their current level forward. Children are placed in classes based on their age as of September 1 – as does Mansfield ISD. All classes use the WeeLearn Curriculum along with various resources to aid in meeting the needs of all learners.

Regardless of which days they attend or the number of days they attend, all children are exposed to the same curriculum and materials. The greater the number of days a child attends, the more in-depth the learning; the more exposure to skills and concepts; and the more immersion in learning.

Below is a brief synopsis of each age-class and the focus in that class throughout the year. We hope this information will assist you in making the best choice for your child. If you have further questions about classes, choice of days or curriculum, please see us in the office and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have. We are proud of the foundation we provide for young children and look forward to serving you.

 

18-24 MONTH Class


Toddlers is a stage during which a child is learning competence in many skills, particularly in verbal skills, walking climbing, running, and exploring. The focus is socialization and separation from mom and dad. Toddlers will learn about spatial awareness, sensory development, building vocabulary, and body awareness as they participate in various activities throughout the day. Toddlers will participate in daily Bible time and music as well as Stretch-n-Grow at least twice a week. Toddlers do not have to be potty trained. Choices for toddlers is MWF, TTH, or M-F. XTRA care is not available for this age group.

 

Twos Classes


Two-year-olds at St. John Lutheran Preschool spend their day learning to play and playing to learn. The focus is socialization and separation from mom and dad. Twos learn about shapes, colors, numbers, spatial awareness and sensory development as they participate in various activities throughout the day. Two year olds participate in daily chapel and music as well as Stretch-n-Grow at least twice a month. Twos do not have to be potty trained; however, toilet training is encouraged throughout the school year. Choices for twos are: MWF, TTh, or M-F.

 

Threes Classes


Three year olds, also known as preschoolers, build on what was introduced in our twos classes. They review shapes, colors and learn to identify numbers and sets 0 to 5. They are introduced to capital letters and begin learning to write their name. Teachers also begin exposing children to various print concepts. Circle time is a vital part of our day when we learn to sit in a small group, take turns sharing, listen to stories, and explore themes. Threes begin working with small manipulatives to develop fine-motor coordination as we learn to handle scissors, glue and pencils. Threes attend chapel on Monday and Tuesday, and music or Stretch-n-Grow each day. Threes must be potty trained and able to "paper" on their own. Informal, teacher observation assessments are done twice yearly. End-of-year parent-teacher conferences are optional. Choices for threes are: MWF, MWF, TTh, or M-F.

 

Fours Classes

We call our four-year-old children at St. John, pre-kindergarteners. Our Pre-K classes spend the year learning skills and concepts that will help them to succeed in kindergarten. Shapes and colors are reviewed and teachers begin to establish higher-level math concepts. Numbers and sets 0 – 10 are taught through hands-on play. An emphasis is placed on oral language development, reading readiness and concepts of print. Upper and lower-case letters and sounds are taught using books; songs; centers; manipulatives; and small and large group instruction. Fine-motor skills, such as cutting, gluing, and proper pencil hold, are developed using meaningful, thematic activities. Trays and Stations provide further practice across all areas of the curriculum. Independence is encouraged at all times: carrying our belongings, cleaning-up, completing work, hand-washing, opening lunches, preparing for nap, and packing-up to go home.

 

Fours attend chapel Monday and Tuesday. They attend music and Stretch N Grow Mondat through Thursday and Phonemics on Friday. Assessments for fours are done two to three times a year. Children are assessed informally, by teacher observation, and formally, through one-on-one evaluation, two to three times a year. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled in late March/early April and, while they are not mandatory, they are strongly encouraged. Choices for fours are: MWF, TTh, MTWTh, or M-F