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Christ Lutheran Church

24 Society Rd
Niantic, CT 06357-1108

(860) 739-6849


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Christ Lutheran Christian Preschool believes that play and socialization are an important part of learning in a young child's life, Through developmentally appropriate, hands- on activities provided in our program, each child has the opportunity to grow at his/her own pace. Children will grow:
Spiritually by
· Feeling secure in God's love and care
· Responding to God's love
· Realizing his/her need for God's love
· Seeing him/herself as a child of God
· Listening to and learning from Bible stories
· Celebrating and learning about church holidays

Emotionally by
· Developing a positive self-concept
· Becoming independent and self disciplined
· Feeling a sense of security and trust
· Accepting responsibility for his/her actions
· Channeling emotions into appropriate outlets

Socially by
· Easing the transition between home and school
· Learning to play, work and communicate with peers and adults
· Feeling comfortable in a group setting
· Accepting others and celebrating our uniqueness
· Adjusting to change in environment and routine
· Taking field trips and interacting with invited guests
· Developing a sense of community and cultural awareness

Intellectually by
· Continuing to develop language use and understanding
· Increasing attention span and improving listening skills
· Choosing and completing appropriate activities
· Introducing and practicing number concepts
· Introducing and practicing literacy

rereading concepts
· Broadening his/her knowledge through a wide variety of activities and experiences that relate to our curriculum

Creatively by

· Using a variety of media for creative expression (art, music, dramatic play, etc.)
· Expressing ideas in his/her own unique way
· Developing his/her own God-given talents and abilities
· Viewing him/herself as a unique individual created and valued by God

Physically by
· Fine-tuning gross and fine motor skills
· Becoming aware of his/her own body space
· Developing/enhancing eye/hand coordination
· Promoting good health through nutritious snacks, exercise and fresh air.
Our sessions are led by a qualified staff and we are proud to provide a 6:1 ratio in a small setting. Our school conforms to all the health, fire, and safety codes of the State and Town of East Lyme and is licensed by the State of Connecticut and accredited by NAEYC's National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

Our Preschool enjoys the full backing and support of the Board of Parish Education of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and its New England District. The synod has a long history of success in parochial school education.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Daily Routine

9:00 AM Arrival, Quiet Activities

9:30 Opening Circle Time

Children and teachers meet for a greeting,

prayer, morning message, sharing of stories,

and the plan for the day.

9:45 Choice Time, Snack

Children are dismissed in small groups from

Circle time to choose activities. Choices

include “messy art,� drawing and writing table,

dramatic play area, blocks/cars and trucks,

quiet area, easel, texture table, science table,

snack table, etc.
11:10 Clean Up
11:20 Outdoor Play

Or large motor activities inside during inclement weather.

11:40 Closing Circle

Stories, songs, fingerplays, estimation jar, bar

graphs, literacy games, etc.

12:00 Dismissal

Children are dismissed one at a time to check

cubby and meet parent

ick up person.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school