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Trinity Lutheran Preschool

2317 Buena Vista Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

(925) 935-3362


At Trinity Lutheran Preschool we serve children ages 2 - 6. We have a 2's & 3's class, Pre-Kindergarten and a Junior Kindergarten class. We offer several program options; half day (8:30 am - 12:30 pm), full day (8:30 am - 3:00 pm) and extended day (7:30 am - 6:00 pm). Our program is year round with flexible days and hours. Our staff are all CPR & First Aid certified and create a loving and nurturing environment for all children.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Our philosophy at Trinity Lutheran Preschool is to create a nurturing environment that is developmentally appropriate, and where children can develop at their own pace. We believe that each child is unique with specific needs, natural abilities, and worthy of unconditional love and respect. We strive to create a program that reflects an interest in the "whole" child's social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual needs.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Social skills are taught as our staff facilitate and help each child develop cooperative and conflict resolution skills.

From the Director:

In our Pre-K & Jr. K classrooms we incorporate a pre-reading program called Frontline Phonics. This program has been successful in preparing children for Kindergarten.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our staff understand that children learn at their own rate. They are given the gift of time to grow. Therefore, they put the interest of the child first by creating a safe and comfortable environment where creativity is fostered.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Trinity our mission statement is; To mirror Christ's ministry by creating a safe, loving environment in which children can grow and learn.

A Typical Day

Preschool Class Daily Schedule:
7:30 – 8:30 AM Extended Care:
Breakfast; free play inside, games and art.

8:30 – 9:30 AM Outside Time:
Large Motor Skill Development; running, climbing, riding tricycles, and sand play.

9:30 – 9:45 AM Potty Time:

9:45 – 10:00 AM Circle Time & Calendar:
(Thursdays – Chapel @ 9:40) Stories, sometimes Bible Stories, songs, fingerplays, music, and group experiences & name recognition games

10:00 – 10:20 AM Snack Time:
Wash hands and Eat Snack

10:20 – 10:50 AM Learning Center Time:
Science or Free Choice
Small group experiences, science activity, math manipulatives, games, puzzles

10:50 – 11:20 AM Creative Art Activity:
Art activity that includes painting, cutting, coloring or gluing, etc.

11:20 – 11:30 AM Potty Time:

11:30 – 12:15 PM Outside Time:
Large Motor Skill Development;
running, climbing, riding tricycles, and
sand play.

12:15 – 12:45 PM Wash Hands, Lunch Preparation, & Lunch Time

12:45 – 1:00 PM Toileting and Nap Preparation

1:05 – 3:00/3:15 PM Nap/Rest Time

3:00 – 6:00 PM
Extended Care:
-Snack 4:00 PM
-Inside/Outside Free Play
-Games & Planned Group Activities

Pre-K/Jr. K Class Schedule:

7:30 – 8:30 AM Extended Care:
Breakfast, Inside free play, playdough, free art, puzzles, etc.

8:30 – 9:15 AM Outside Time:
Running, climbing, and playing outside

9:15 – 9:45 AM Free Choice Time:
A time for social play & free art

9:45 – 9:50 AM Clean-up Time

9:50 – 10:00 AM Jesus Time, Calendar & Prayer
(Chapel on Thursdays @ 9:40)

10:00 – 10:15 AM Activity Time:
(art activity associated with Jesus
Time, writing, group games)

10:15 – 10:30 AM Wash Hands & Snack Time

10:30 – 11:15 AM Group Time:
(Includes story time, games, songs,
projects including art, writing,
science, & math)

11:15 – 11:35 AM Choice Time & Show-n-Tell:
(help clean-up snack, puzzles, & play

11:35 – 12:30 PM Outside Time:
Running, climbing, and playing outside

12:30 – 1:10 PM Lunch Time

1:30 – 3:00 PM Nap/Rest Time

3:00 – 3:30 PM Wake –up Time
(clean-up bedding, book time, free play, finish art work)

3:30 – 6:00 PM Extended Care
-Snack 4:00 pm
-Inside/Outside Free Play
-Games & Planned Group Activities

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Twice throughout the school year we have parent teacher conferences; once in the fall and again in the spring. At that time, we share a specially created progress report with our preschool families.

Our staff create monthly curriculum calendars for our families. The director also creates weekly newsletters. We like to inform our families of upcoming field trips, fundraisers and other important preschool events.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We value families and understand that they are their child's first teacher. We are sensitive to the needs of the child and their parent when saying 'goodbye' in the morning. Staff members spend one on one time with child until they have calmed down and are ready to join the group.