Preschool

Academics

Preschool Program

We strive to create an atmosphere of Christian love and understanding, while nurturing each child’s social, emotional, spiritual and academic growth. We provide a safe, nurturing, and stable environment where children are encouraged to explore, create, question and learn. Through a variety of age appropriate activities children develop new skills, confidence and independence. Our curriculum aligns with the California Preschool Learning foundations as they apply to social/emotional development, language and literacy and mathematics. Children learn through teacher directed activities as well as self-chosen activities.

Each of our classrooms include parts of the curriculum explained below at various levels. For younger children the goal is to introduce them to concepts and skills that will continue to be developed as they move through older classrooms. Each part of our curriculum is focused on the preparation of your child for kindergarten and for their healthy development and reaching of milestones. We hope to help each child begin their journey to self discovery and to help nurture their spirit, curiosity and love of learning. The curriculum for each of our classes is aligned with California state standards for preschool education.

Our Team

Growth

As a benefit of our small class sizes, each of our classes has a continuous focus on the individual growth of each child. We understand that children each develop at their unique pace and that the introduction to a school environment can be a wholly new experience. We strive to meet each child where they are at and to work with them to gain the skills and confidence they need to reach their goals.

Outdoor

We have two large yards with a variety of environments for children to explore
We have a dedicated “Loose Parts Area” that fosters creativity, imagination and the exploration of different textures and materials.
Our garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat with specially selected variety plants that support the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly.

Arts

We coordinate both free art experiences and structured learning opportunities.
Free Art activities allow children to exercise their imagination and to explore their own artistic boundaries. This includes exposure to open ended materials which helps encourage students to create new solutions.
Structured Art activities incorporate language and math and are built to reinforce classroom learning.

Rooms

Our classrooms include a range of education and social activities that are built to match your child’s age and development. We strive to find the best fit for your child so that they can grow and learn at their ideal pace.

White Room

Ages 2 —3

The White room starts your child’s educational journey in a nurturing Christian environment. We provide fun learning experiences that encourage your child to explore their environment and interact with their peers and teachers, which allows them to grow socially, emotionally and spiritually. At this age, your child is growing at a rapid rate, and as they grow and develop the teachers weekly lesson plans are purposeful and intentionally created to meet each child’s needs as well as interest based on the teachers observations in the classroom.

Navy Room

Ages 2 .5—3.5

The program in this classroom focuses on developing pre-writing and pre-reading skills in an environment enriched with age appropriate hands on experiences, and a curricular program based on the California Preschool Learning Foundations. It focuses on encouraging self-help skills such as dressing, eating, verbal expression, manners, and eye-hand coordination while also beginning skills of recognizing letters, name in print, and identifying sounds in the environment and in speech.

Yellow Room

Ages 3 —4

The program in this classroom focuses on developing skills with age appropriate hands on experiences, and a curricular program based on the California Preschool Learning Foundations. Students will begin learning how to use scissors, cut out simple shapes, recognize letters and their corresponding sounds. They will also build foundational skills for future education as they are exposed to math, cooking, creative art, gardening, and writing.

Violet Room

Ages 3—4.5

The program in this room focuses on building social and emotional skills within a christian environment. Students learn how to use scissors, cut out simple shapes, recognize letters and their sounds, recognize their name, and trace and write their name.

Students learn early math skills such as patterning, sorting, graphing, recognizing numbers, counting to 10, and one to one correspondence. The learning environment is enriched with faith building lessons and activities which focus on The Fruits of the Spirit, morning and snack prayer, and weekly chapel.

There are many hands on experiences and opportunities to learn about things such as cooking, creative art exploration, gardening, weather, family and friends.

Students in the Violet Room learn how to establish positive relationships with their peers and how to build lifelong social skills.

Lime Room

Ages 4—5

The Lime Room is designed to provide a well-rounded experience for your child. Our planned curriculum encourages them to develop the skills they need to build a strong foundation to succeed in kindergarten. This hands-on curriculum focuses on these areas of development: spiritual growth, social and emotional development, language and literacy, math, science, art and music. Building on each child’s unique strengths and capabilities, this program is tailored to meet the needs of each child and help them develop essential skills that will last a lifetime. The Lime Room teachers are dedicated to help your child grow to reach their full God-given potential.

Grace Lutheran School - Preschool to 8th Grade in Huntington Beach, CA

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

— Proverbs 22:6