The right environment and instructors can have a real impact on the learning experience provided for preschool students. Since 1951, Holy Cross Lutheran School has demonstrated a high level of success in providing an enriching preschool experience. Classes are offered for students age 2 through 4 (as of September 1st of the school year). As voluntary participants in the Quality Counts Early Childhood rating program, we hold the highest rating of five stars! Our program is based on the Wee Learn curriculum and is supplemented by Abeka. We incorporate imaginative play and enrichment activities to help children gain the social and motor skills needed in their later academic careers. Our experienced early childhood teaching staff provides guidance and nurtures students to succeed at a developmentally appropriate level in the following areas:
- Vocabulary development and language skills
- Mathematical skills
- Development of fine motor skills, gross motor skills and physical fitness
- Critical thinking and the ability to make appropriate choices
- Scientific inquiry, especially as it relates to the natural world
- Artistic and musical expression
We focus on providing an experience that allows each child to perform to his or her highest potential, and that provides a positive foundation on which to base future educational achievement. Our VPK (K4) curriculum incorporates VPK Education Standards to ensure that preschool students are ready for the transition to Elementary school and to help them develop the skills and habits needed for success in their academic pursuits.
Developing a larger vocabulary and improving communications skills can help toddlers and preschoolers achieve a higher degree of success in the academic setting. Our students practice language skills and are provided with enrichment opportunities that includes story time, alphabet play and reading readiness exercises.
Active Play and Fine Motor Skills
By setting aside a significant portion of every day for physical activities and non-directed play, preschool and Pre-K students are provided with healthy outlets for energy and to help develop gross and fine motor skills in a structured and safe setting.
Mathematics, Science and Critical Thinking
Preschool and Pre-K students participate in a number of important developmentally appropriate math activities. Our teachers also provide activities to help even the youngest children develop a love of nature and an understanding of the world around them.
Art, Music and Drama
Time is set aside for artistic expression to inspire our young students and enhance their creativity. We also engage in singing and other musical activities and incorporate role-play to help children observe and model proper social skills. Students participate in various programs through the year.