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Hope Lutheran Pre-school

999 Portage Lakes Drive
Akron, OH 44319-1597

(330) 644-3522


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

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
  • Stories on CD, video and computer are used in our classroom as well.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Counting Bears
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
  • Marble Towers
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Faster/slower (classical) songs are also used to encourage different types of activities.
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
  • 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 We believe that we are in a society that embraces technology. There are two computers located right in the classroom that every child is encouraged to use.

From the Director:

As advocates for life-long learners in the real world we feel that it is necessary to change our curriculum periodically to keep up with the expected state standards.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In our preschool, we are blessed with an assistant teacher to help with the student/teacher ratio. At times this allows the main teacher to move along with the majority of the class, while the other is able to assist in getting those who are behind back into the group as a whole. In the same way, students who are excelling in certain areas are encouraged by one of the teachers to further their thinking on a topic or given a secondary task to work on as they like.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We believe that communication between the preschool and the parents is a huge key to the success of the students in our program. We provide an orientation for parents and students before the school year begins to get everyone acquainted with the classroom, staff, school policies and daily routine. Also, weekly letters are sent home with information from each day that passed and upcoming items or events that are important to remember. Finally, two teacher-led assessments are done on every child and shared with their parents to compare their beginning achievements and growth throughout the school year.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Although separation anxiety can be common among new three and four year olds, it is something that can be worked through with consistency, patience and love. We encourage parents to remind their student that they will return to get them when class is over and then work with the child to help them feel more comfortable in their new surroundings.