Curriculum Summary

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. 
  • 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: During sensory activity, the children learn new vocabulary, concepts of texture, color, weight, and size in order to observe likenesses and differences.  These are math and science skills!
  • Manipulative: 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: During science the children use their fine motor skills and tactile senses.  They learn about real-life situations and experiences, 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!




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