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St Paul Lutheran School

7960 State Route 38
Milford Center, OH 43045

(937) 349-5939


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Students have two circle times during which the instruction is teacher led while engaging students in the instruction concepts. The students also have an opportunity to choose and take part in centers such as writing, drama, blocks, tapes, listening, and table time age appropriate activities.

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
  • Individual help and encouragement
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Opportunities to use numbers and math concepts at centers and table
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Experiments and hands on activities
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Classroom music opportunities
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
  • Tricycles
  • 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 Children are introduced to themes such as Rainforest, Space, restaurant at a varying schedule. This provides for dramatic play opportunities as well as builds the children's vocabulary.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teachers are assessing student abilities on a daily basis. This information drives their teaching. When a need is observed, their teaching meets the needs of individual students. This is possible because there is a low student to teacher ratio. Three parent conferences are held yearly to provide a team approach to each child's learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

St. Paul Lutheran Preschool will provide stimulus for growth and development of the whole child in a child-centered Christian environment.

St. Paul Lutheran Preschool adheres to the philosophy of education of the “whole child” soul, mind, and body. The goal is to provide the children with the opportunity to grow and learn at their own rate and in their own way. Within this environment, we prepare the children for their next step in their educational process.

We believe in the academic/developmental approach of educating the child. The developmental approach is based on the assumption that a child’s growth is sequential in nature and is an orderly process involving spiritual, physical, emotional/social and cognitive growth, but that each child is a unique individual. Being developmentally appropriate with 3- to 5-year-olds involves learning through play and hands-on activities. Children are encouraged to try out their ideas with emphasis on the process rather than the product. They are given opportunities to interact with other children and adults in both large and small group settings, as well as on an individual basis enhancing their communication skills and social growth.

The classroom climate is relaxed, inviting, and warm so that the needs of each child can be met. The children are guided positively so that they can become responsible and caring individuals who are self-motivated and self-controlled.

A Typical Day

LESSON PLANS for Week of 2-16-10
Weekly Theme: Space
9:00-9:10 12:30-12:40 Manipulatives (fine motor skills) geo boards, file folder games,
Playdoh, uni-cubes
9:10-9:20 12:40-1:00 Happy Helper welcome song & sticker
Water plant
Feed fish
Pledge to the Christian Flag
Jesus time – Mary & Martha
Memory verse: (Jesus said) “Learn from Me.” (Matt. 11:29)
The Lord’s Prayer

9:20-9:40 1:00-1:20 Large motor - gym or playground

9:40-10:00 1:20-1:45 Share Bear
Review coins
Book - Doodle Dog in Space, Constellations, Baby Brains
Letter of week: U (Tues-magic finger, Thu-flashlight, Fri-chalk bd)
Each day step on letter as leaving circle

10:00-10:50 1:45-2:25 Free Choice: (give 2 min. warning @ 10:48 & 2:23)-@ finish time, hands up, sing “clean up” song
Blocks Blast – foam blocks & cars
Discovery Zone – sand, scales, cups
Pretend Place – Space Station
Listening Tract – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Computer Connection – Legos
Art Arena - Table: paint with a balloon
Easel: clouds, sun, stars on blue paper
Writing Range – plexiglass & words
Science & Math Mania – Tues: (science) balloon rocket
Thu: (science) make constellation
Fri: (math) more & fewer

10:50-11:15 2:25-2:45 Clean up
Look at books

11:15-11:30 2:45-3:00 Nursery rhyme of the day
“He’s Got the Whole World” Voyages CD1 #25
“Seasons” Dr. Jean Kiss Your Brain #22
“God Loves You” song

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents receive a handbook at the beginning of the school year that provides information about our preschool goals. I hold a Parent Orientation before school begins. This orientation builds parent and staff relationships. It is another opportunity to become informed about the philosophy and goals the preschool holds for the children. There are three teacher-parent conferences that are held through the year. We hold a Dads Night Out, a Christmas Program for parents and Grandparents, and a Mom's Tea. The months of January and February are set aside for any parents that wish to come in and spend the preschool day with their child. Parents are welcome at any time and encouraged to come along on field trips. There is a parent organization that holds informative meetings. The teacher reviews the daily activities with parents when they pick up their children. She also emails this information to the parents that may have missed hearing it.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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

  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

The teacher meets the students in their homes and then the students have an opportunity for an abbreviated preschool day with their parents. Teachers are sympathetic to students fears and work with parents and students on a one to one basis.