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Vinland Lutheran Preschool

2750 NW Finn Hill Road
Poulsbo, WA 98370

(360) 779-3428


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We use a teacher-designed, play-based curriculum which is hands-on, open-ended, and child-centered based on building relationships with each other. Themes and projects are developed around the children's interests and the curriculum is designed in accordance with the developmental levels of the children in the class. The children play and learn in indoor and outdoor environments purposefully planned and set up by the teachers to promote learning and skill development. To our delight, our outdoor environment contains elements of surprise and wonder including a small wooded area with trails. Every moment is a learning opportunity, from arrival to departure, from group times (large and small) to learning centers , from moments of conflict to times of cooperation, from indoors to outdoors. We have a Christ-centered foundation. The children experience love and forgiveness (both giving and receiving). They hear Bible Stories and sing songs of God's love. They hear that Jesus loves them. From emotion to emotion and interaction to interaction, each child is learning and growing and developing life skills which will be used now, into Kindergarten on up to adulthood.

A Typical Day

The preschool day is 9:15 - noon for the morning class and 12:30 - 3:15 for the afternoon class. Each class has children ages 3-5 years old.

We also have a one day class for 2-3 year old children from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

The description below is for the older class.

The children enter the room, place their coats in their cubbies. They begin with learning centers/choice time. During this time the children capitalize on the opportunity to move between centers as they wish using the tools and materials available to imagine, create, problem solve, explore, listen, make requests, connect, build, experiment, decide, talk, share, take turns, express and identify emotions, draw, glue, cut, paint, balance, move, dig, pour, observe, follow directions, sing, eat snack, sit, construct, role play, negotiate, cooperate, play alone, take things out and put things away, look at books, dance, jump, smile, laugh.... There is art, science, blocks and construction, sensory table, dramatic play, toys, puzzles, and games, books and puppets. During this time, Ms. Lori often invites small groups of children to participate in a short teacher-led activity which is geared toward their stage of learning, specifically addressing early literacy, math, and science concepts.

After 50 - 60 minutes of learning centers followed by clean up, Ms. Lori engages the children in finger plays, singing, dancing, and listening to good children's literataure and flannel board stories. Then they move into snack.

Parents provide the snack in accordance with a snack menu which includes food from 2 of the major food groups and takes into consideration any allergies. The teachers sit and converse with the children. A question of the day is asked, too.

Outside time follows for 30-45 minutes in our beautiful Children's Play Garden. The children have an immense space to run, climb, slide, dig, explore and interact with nature. We have a small wooded area with trails and coves, planting boxes with flowers and vegetables, a climbing structure, and huge sand box.

The final 15 minutes are spent gathering together in one of three ways. One day a week the children meet Pastor Chuck in the church sanctuary for an interactive Gospel message. One day a week, Ms. Anita comes in and plays her autoharp and sings with the children. One day a week, Ms. Lori shares a Bible story in an engaging way.

The children are dismissed one by one to their waiting parents as Ms. Lori briefly shares happenings of the day with the families.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have open houses and several family gatherings throughout the year. Parents are welcome to schedule a meeting with the teacher at any time. Parent/Teacher conversations are specifically scheduled once a year. Ms. Lori sends out weekly emails to parents (hard copy available) to let them know what classroom activities happened during the week and some upcoming plans. The director, Ms. Sherry, sends out monthly newsletters sharing general information and upcoming events.