"We believe that God creates and nurtures Christians, the body of Christ. At Our Savior, a child's faith
grows as a natural part of their daily activities. Through experiences in worship, prayer, serving others,
and hearing God's Word, along with baptism, God creates faith in each child.
We strive to help students learn God's direction (Law) and the good news of His love (Gospel) as found
in the Bible. The Law gives us order and direction. The Gospel recognizes that we sinners cannot
follow the direction perfectly; we need forgiveness, and we need God. The Gospel shows that God loves
us unconditionally. Students learn how Christians react to God's love and forgiveness. Because the
concept of God is very abstract for the young learner, we believe that as the teachers model love and
acceptance, and encourage those same attitudes in each child's relationships, children come to know and
experience God's love. We immerse them in stories that have been passed on from generation to
generation through the Bible. They pray formally and spontaneously and accept and treat others as
God's children. They worship daily in the classrooms and weekly in Chapel. They forgive and accept
forgiveness; practice Christian virtues as presented in Scriptures (Gal. 5:22-23), share their faith life
through service and word, and respect their bodies as uniquely created by God (1 Cor. 6:19)
Galatians 5:22-23 states: â€œGod's Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful,
gentle, and self controlled.â€? CEV
1 Corinthians 6:19 states: â€œSurely you know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The
Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own.â€? CEV
2. The Young Learner
We believe that young children learn best by engaging their senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and
smelling) in each task. All of a child's day is a learning experience, whether playing, or interacting with
others in the classroom or on the playground, eating snack, painting, or listening to the teacher. As
children explore materials and the environment in a safe, accepting and predictable atmosphere, they are
empowered to be creative, curious learners. We believe that children have many different styles of
learning and that the best learning is a balance of teacher directed and child directed activities. To start
a life-long learning process, we believe that young learners need a foundation in literacy as well as many
new experiences in math, science, social studies, etc. to allow them to build their knowledge and skills.
Parents and teachers are a unique team in the lives of early learners. We believe that it is essential for
them to work together. Parents are a part of the process here at OSLS. Teachers and parents who are
both committed to the educational process will form a partnership that will enable the children to realize
their full potential and begin a life long attitude of joy in learning. Families, teachers and children view
and appreciate knowledge and learning as God's gifts to enrich their lives and enable them to serve
3. The Whole Child
Our teaching and learning in this ever-changing world must strive to help each child grow as a whole
person spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, aesthetically, socially, and physically.
Young children accept themselves as redeemed children of God who express their joy through worship
and prayer. They explore utilizing new knowledge and skills to build on earlier learnings. They accept
responsibility for their own actions and begin to understand the feelings of others. They deal with their
emotions in a Christian manner. In interpersonal relationships, children learn acceptance, cooperation,
forgiveness, and manners as teachers model those behaviors and encourage the same. They accept
others as God's children with unique talents and abilities. They appreciate God's work in creation and
in the learning process (Psalm 139. â€œYou are the one who put me together inside my mother's body.
And I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous!
Of this I have no doubt.â€? CEV) They use the abilities He has given them to respond to God's love in
relationships, the arts, and physical development.
We don't aim for perfection, but we do try to follow God's will. Our Savior's community strives to live
for God, accepting our need for Him. Following our philosophy and goals, we encourage the students at
Our Savior Lutheran School to:
ô€‚™ Have Jesus! (Know Christ)
ô€‚™ Understand! (Comprehend Information)
ô€‚™ Perform! (Solve problems)"
Excerpted from the preschool's website