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St Olaf Lutheran Preschool

1233 Douglas Avenue
Montgomery, IL 60538

(630) 896-3004


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"provide God-centered learning experiences that will develop the students' maximum spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, and emotional potential.
instill a positive self-image and a respect for God and our fellow man by providing a total educational experience based on God's word.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:50 – 9:00 Students arrive

9:00 – 9:20 Free play time
We believe that play is children’s work, so this time is extremely important. All our playthings are carefully chosen to develop different areas: creativity, imagination, social interaction, problem solving, fine motor skills, basic concepts, etc.

9:20 – 9:25 Clean up

9:25 – 9:40 Music

9:40 – 10:00 Group time
During this time we say the “Pledge of Allegiance,” discuss the calendar (months, days of the week, counting days of the month), weather, show and tell (once a week), have a Bible story, and time permitting, read a book, learn a song, or do another activity. Children also learn what their job for the day will be.

10:00 – 10:20 Bathroom break and snack time
Children are encouraged to use the bathroom at this time. All children wash their hands. We pray and then have a snack. We offer juice and something to eat. Everyone is encouraged to at least taste the snack but they are never made to eat or drink something they do not like.

10:20 – 10:30 Library time

10:30 – 11:00 Center time: includes art projects, science projects, & free play
At least two crafts are offered each day. Many students choose to do both. Everyone is encouraged to finish at least one. The crafts relate to the theme of the week, the Bible story, the letter of the week, or a coming holiday. Some crafts will require smaller groups at a time, and some crafts everyone can do together. The children not working on a craft will be having free play.
11:00 – 11:30 Outside play or large motor activities inside
If the weather cooperates, we go to the playground. There, the children play on the climbing equipment, ride the cycle circle, play in the sandbox or with the balls and riding toys. If it is too cold or rainy to go outside, we use the large room in the basement. There is plenty of room to run. We also make use of our tumbling mat, balance beam, parachute, and other activities designed to develop those large muscles.

We end the day by having a short group time to talk and pray.
Excerpted from the preschool's website