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St Lukes Episcopal Preschool

2000 Stover St
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Phone:
(970) 493-7515

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

At St. Luke's we carefully plan a learning environment that encourages children to explore and learn using a combination of both structured and unstructured activities.We enrich our class time with viistors from the community and field trips.

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
  • Maps
  • 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 Autonomy and Self Help Skills Work Habits Geography

From the Director:

We use the Core Knoweldge Preschool Sequence as our curriculum. The sequence consists of two levels: level one, which we use in our primary classes and level two, which we use in our Pre-K classes. The sequence addresses all the skills found in the Colorado Building Blocks for Early Chidlhood Education and many others. In the classroom the teacher assumes an interactive role in guiding and presenting experiences and instruction that will well prepare a child for kindergarten and later learning. For more information on the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence please visit www.coreknowledge.org

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Ongoing assessment is an integral part of a core knowledge classroom. Teachers carefully monitor each student and provide activities to help him/her move forward.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that all children are a special gift from God. St. Luke's Preschool provides a nurturing atmosphere that assures your child's first school experience will be a very positive one.

A Typical Day

Arrival
Free Exploration/Center Time
Small Group Time/Creative Movement
Circle Time/Music
Art Time
Snack
Outdoor Play
Story Time
Closing Circle/Show and Tell
Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents meetings are held the week before school to answer any questions.
Monthly newsletters and calendars are sent home with each child the first of each month to keep parents abreast of the activities taking place in the classroom. In addition a summary of the day's activites are posted outside the classroom each day.
Parent conferences are held in the fall and spring where parents recieve a progress report for their child.
Parents are encouraged to communicate questions and concerns with the staff at all times.
Activites and services of interest to parents are posted on classroom bulletin boards.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

In addition to an abbreviated schedule at the start of school, an open house for children and parents is held the week before school begins so the children may meet their teachers and play in the classroom.