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St John's Child Care Center

4842 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55419

(612) 827-1237


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"For over a quarter of a century, St. John's Lutheran Church has been serving the educational and child care needs of our community through St. John's Child Care Center and Preschool Programs. We provide a stable, comfortable and safe environment with positive experiences to enhance each child's self-image and confidence level.
Through activities, children will be given opportunities to promote social interaction, emotional growth, literacy, language and cognitive skills. We also encourage activities to promote the development of large and small muscle skills. Individual creative abilities are supported and preschool readiness skills are provided as needed.
In our caring and accepting atmosphere, children develop a sense of trust and security. Here, children can explore new materials, as well as, their own feelings in acceptable and socially appropriate ways.
We teach children about people of other cultures, customs and religions, as well as emphasizing their own backgrounds. While religion is not taught, the setting is a Christian Church and Christian holidays and symbols will be recognized.
The staff of St. John's Child Care Center and Preschool Program is committed to the continuing development of a creative curriculum and does not permit discrimination because of race, color, sex, age, disability or national origin. Input from parents is always encouraged and welcomed.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

6:30-8:00 a.m.-Arrival and Choice Time Activities (puzzles, books, manipulatives, etc.)
7:30-8:25 a.m.-Breakfast and Clean-up
8:25-8:50 a.m.-Diapering/Toileting
8:50-9:00 a.m.-Transition to Large Muscle Time (gym or playground)
9:00-9:30 a.m.-Large Muscle Time
9:30-9:40 a.m.-Transition to Classroom
9:40-10:00 a.m.-Group Time (welcome, attendance, story, finger plays, etc.)
10:00-10:15 a.m.-Snack Time
10:15-10:30 a.m.-Project/Activity
10:30-11:15 a.m.-Diapering/Toileting and Choice Time
11:15-11:30 a.m.-Clean up for Lunch
11:30 a.m.-12:00-Lunch
12:00-12:30 p.m.-Nap Preparation and Tooth brushing
12:30-2:45 p.m.-Nap Time
? -3:00 p.m.-Awake Kids-Quiet Activities
2:45-3:15 p.m.-Diapering/Toileting
3:15-3:25 p.m.-Snack Time
3:15-3:45 p.m.-Project/Activity/Choice Time
3:45-4:15 p.m.-Large Muscle Time
4:15-6:00 p.m.-Stories, Finger plays, Music, Choice Time, Quiet Play
6:00 p.m.-Goodbye, See you tomorrow!
6:30-8:00 a.m.-Arrival (manipulatives, blocks, puzzles, books, etc.)
7:45-8:25 a.m.-Breakfast
8:25-9:00 a.m.-Large Muscle Time or Choice Time
9:00-9:20 a.m.-Group Time (welcome song, attendance, story, calendar, talking time)
9:20-10:20 a.m.-Project Time and Choice Time
10:20-10:30 a.m.-Clean Up Time
10:30-10:40 a.m.-Wash Hands and Snack Time
10:40-11:10 a.m.-Younger Groups: Large Muscle
Older Groups: Class Activity
11:10-11:30 a.m.-Younger Groups: Class Activity
Older Groups: Large Muscle
Listed below are some of the activities your child will be involved in during preschool time:
Arts and Crafts Outdoor Walks
Finger plays Field Trips
Creative Dramatics Gym Games/Activities
Sharing Time Drawing/Coloring/Cutting
Storytelling Music (sound, rhythm, songs)
Small Group Discussions Science Exploration
Large Group Discussions Choice Time (social time)
11:30-11:55 p.m.-Large Muscle Play in gym or on playground
11:55-12:00 p.m.-Hand washing
12:00-12:30 p.m.-Lunch
12:30-1:00 p.m.-Tooth brushing and Choice Time
1:00-3:00 p.m.-Quiet Time - napping or resting
2:00-3:00 p.m.-Awake Kids-Quiet play
3:00-3:20 p.m.-Hand washing and Snack Time
3:20-5:00 p.m.-Large Muscle Time or Classroom Activities
5:00-6:00 p.m.-Choice Time (art, manipulatives, books, puzzles, etc.)
6:00 p.m.- Goodbye, see you tomorrow!
Excerpted from the preschool's website