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Mount Olive Lutheran Church Preschool

10408 Hwy 290 W
Austin, TX 78736

(512) 288-2330


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Depends on age 2,3, 4 have more structured curriculum. Toddler class is more Free play with structure

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
  • Alphabet letters on wall; letter of Day or week; Labels on things
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives in older classes, blocks, math toys
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
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
  • Infant rooms - foam pads to climb on; tunnels to climb in, tent, parachute
Other subjects taught Religious education and chapel

From the Director:

Each class has a time of devotion and worship every day. During this time, children are introduced to Bible stories and Bible truths. A weekly chapel is held to reinforce the Bible story being studied that week. Each class follows a schedule of daily activities that incorporates a variety of learning experiences. Teachers will introduce concepts including colors, numbers, shapes, and letters on appropriate levels for each particular class. In addition, each class will have a theme unit of study that will change on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. These themes will include science and social studies related topics and incorporate music, movement, and art. The Pre-Kindergarten class uses a Christian curriculum that incorporates a pre-reading and pre-math workbook. The children will master letter sounds and simple number concepts. Children in the Pre-K class are well-prepared for their Kindergarten experience.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We try to work with them on the level they are at. During pre-k class we have structured objectieves and goals for each child but otherwise we try to meet them where they are.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Philosophy We believe that sharing the love of Jesus with each child is the most important thing we can do each day. We will provide a warm and loving atmosphere in which to learn. We believe that children learn best through a variety of experiences. Each teacher will attempt to provide situations which make learning exciting and fun.

A Typical Day

Start with free play after arrival to help them integrate into classroom. Parents encouraged to bring chldren during this unstructred time b/c it is easier to blend, circle time, calendar time, talk about wheather, assign jobs, have Jesus time (songs, bible story), twice a week go to chapel to worship (bible story, songs), outside play, art time, acagemics time, snack time, potty breaks, lunch time, older classes have creative movement class once a week, story time - afternoon time nap, outside lay, and free play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent Teacher conferences twice a year. Daily sheet goes home in all classes except Pre-k giving a report on the child's day. As needed, teachers talk to parents at pick-up, drop-off, etc. We don't advise on which school but on a child's readiness for kindergarten.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Teachers have expectations that those times will be hard for parents and children. Parents are encouraged to stay just for a few minutes and then go to make the process easier. Will call parents if needed to let them know how child is doing.