Learning Centers and Free Exploration

At Our Savior Lutheran Preschool we believe that children learn through play. In using the Core Knowledge Sequence our dedicated staff has the opportunity to teach through play. Below are the centers set up in each classroom to allow children to learn at their own pace through play.

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  • Zoophonics

    Zoo-phonics® is a method developed to make children strong readers and spellers using a “phono” (hearing), “oral” (speaking), “visual” (seeing), “kinesthetic” (moving), and tactile (touching)—whole brain approach.   The Animal Alphabet helps children remember the shapes and sounds of the letters. The Body Movement for each Animal Letter helps “cement” the phonemic information into memory. Click HERE to meet the Zoo phonics characters. 

  • Handwriting without tears

    Handwriting Without Tears® strives to make legible and fluent handwriting a natural and automatic skill for all children. ... Our unique curriculum uses entertaining, multisensory techniques and research based methods to help students develop skills and form letters—from prewriting to printing to cursive.   Meet Mat Man! Handwriting Without Tears® and the Pre-k program Get Set for School™ use Mat Man to teach these skills and simultaneously promote body awareness, socializing, and sharing. Made from Wood Pieces and the blue Mat, Mat Man is also a great way to teach children how to draw a person.  

  • Block Area

    When the children use blocks at school they learn concepts of shape, size, length, all of which help with reading and math.  We also learn to use our imagination and cooperate with others!

  • Dramatic Play

    In the dramatic play area, the children learn to improvise and use things in a symbolic way to represent something else.  This is abstract thinking! The children also are able to try on different adult roles and to solve social problems through negotiation with friends.

  • Sensory Activity

    Children are learning math and science skills as well as new vocabulary concepts of texture, color, weight and size as they engage in sensory activities.

  • Manipulatives

    During manipulative play the children learn hand-eye coordination, to make and repeat patterns, symmetry, shapes, order and design.  These are all math skills.

  • Science

    As the children explore in science they use their fine motor skills and tactile senses. They learn about cause and effect, experimentation, questioning and logic!

  • Writing/Coloring

    During coloring and writing, the children learn to hold a pencil/crayon and to control the pressure. They use hand-eye coordination and are able to express themselves with words when describing their drawings.

  • Art

    The children are able to use their imagination, creativity and express their feelings. They learn relationship of space and size, concepts of symmetry, balance and design. These are all math and reading skills!

Daily Activities

  • Circle Time

    During circle time, the children learn to listen, sit still and understand spoken words.  They learn to wait when others are talking and that ideas added to the discussion have value.  The also begin using their memory in remembering the words they learn to songs and finger plays.   

  • Story Time

    During story time, the children learn that letters on a page represent words and to interpret a picture to represent words and ideas.  They learn to follow the development of thought and ideas in the plot of a story.  These are all pre-reading skills!

  • Clean-Up Time

    During clean-up time, the children learn to cooperate and work with their classmates to put the toys away where they belong.  When putting the toys away, they learn to notice details, likenesses, and differences and to form categories.

  • Outside pLay

    During outside play, the children use their energy in a constructive way. They are able to show their physical strength, coordination and balance. They use their imagination and learn to cooperate with others when involved in group play.

  • Snack Time

    During snack time, the children practice using their manners: please and thank you!  They visit with their friends and teachers as they eat their snack together. When they are done they throw their trash in the trash bin.  These are important social and independence skills!