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Introduction

Our Savior School offers a caring environment where children can thrive as they play and learn. We are committed to excellence and view each child as a special and unique gift of God. Our goal is to provide a caring environment that provides experiences for children to allow them to grow spiritually, physically, socially and intellectually. We strive for all children to grow in their faith in Christ and learn how they too can serve Christ, His church, and His world.

Our Savior Early Childhood Center, Preschool and Kindergarten programs are accredited by the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the gold star standard for early childhood programs across the country. Being accredited by these organizations means you can be confident that our school delivers the highest quality early care, education and faith formation.

Philosophy and Objectives

Our philosophy is to provide a Christ-centered learning environment that encourages the development of the whole child through creative and sensory play, discovery/learning centers and physical development.

Objectives:

  • Work and play in a Christian atmosphere with other children.
  • Be aware of the daily presence of Christ in their lives.
  • Be themselves and develop at their own rate.
  • Express themselves through art and play materials freely and constructively.
  • Provide opportunities to develop large and fine motor skills.
  • Learn to establish relationships with adults other than family.
  • Learn developmentally appropriate limits of behavior.
  • Build an atmosphere of caring and sharing, where children learn to respect one another, and build the necessary social skills that will enable them to attain success as useful and productive Christian citizens.
  • Build feelings of self-esteem and security.
  • Increase their ability to handle their emotions constructively.
  • Learn respect for others’ feelings and belongings.
  • Enjoy a Preschool and/or Child Care Program experience that will simplify adjustment to elementary school and other social situations.
  • Provide a healthy environment, proper nutrition, rest, and physical exercise.
  • Provide innovative and developmentally appropriate curriculum that challenges and motivates children in many areas (i.e. readiness skills in reading, math, language skills, science)
  • Learn to be independent–to solve their own problems and do things for themselves.
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Care and Learning Opportunity

At every level of care children will experience a warm, responsive, and predictable environment that will foster positive relationships with adults and their peers. The love of Jesus will be the foundational piece to all these special relationships.

Preschool 24 to 36 months

Ducky Room

(ages 24 months to 36 months)

Our Ducky Room is the perfect group for all those little ones 24 – 36 months old to explore, discover, and play. Parents will see their little ones gain social skills like sharing, personal confidence in self-help skills and grow in their knowledge of God’s love for them.

Preschool age 36 months through age 4

Lamb Room – Preschool

(age 36 months through age 4)

In the Lamb Room, children who are 3 or 4 years old begin to develop their understanding of reading, math and science concepts through many hands-on experiences as they explore, discover, and play together.

Prekindergarten for 4 and 5 year olds

Whale Room – Prekindergarten

(4 and 5 years)

Students who are 4 or 5 years old move into the Whale Room fully expecting to prepare themselves for entry into Kindergarten. Pre-readiness in reading, math, science, and technology skills are developed as they play, explore, and learn with their friends.

What will your child learn?

Spiritual Foundation

We have Bible Adventure Time to help children:

  • be aware of the daily presence of Christ in their lives
  • work and play in a Christian atmosphere with other children

The One in Christ early childhood curriculum from Concordia Publishing House guides our learning in every area of child development.

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Cognitive, Language and Literacy

Cognitive development introduces students to math, science, families and community.

Language and Literacy integrates reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Using One in Christ, children are provided:

    • Developmentally appropriate curriculum
    • Readiness in:
      • Math
      • Science
      • Families and Community
      • Reading / Phonics
      • Language skills
      • Technology
    • The skills to help them be independent, solve problems on their own and do things for themselves

Social & Emotional Development

Children participate in discussions and play centers especially planned to help them:

  • Develop a positive sense of self and who they are as one of God’s children.
  • Learn developmentally appropriate limits of behavior
  • Learn respect for others’ feelings and belongings
  • Learn to establish relationships with adults other than family members
  • Develop at their own pace, learning to be independent and solving problems on their own
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Creative Expression

Planned activities help children express themselves freely and constructively through dramatic play, music, movement, and various art mediums.

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Fine Motor Development

Children enhance their fine motor skills when playing with blocks, puzzles, scissors, play dough, clay, and multiple sensory table activities.

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Physical and Large Motor Development

Children are provided with:

  • Opportunities to develop large motor skill through play activities in our gymnasium and playground equipment
  • A healthy environment, rest, and physical exercise
  • Healthy Snacks and NAEYC approved nutritious catered, hot lunches
  • Lunches are served family style in the gymnasium
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Spanish

Second language awareness and acquisition begins with the preschool children. Through the use of songs, games, and bilingual storybooks, students begin learning to follow Spanish directions and basic vocabulary that includes:

  • numbers
  • colors
  • foods
  • clothing
  • parts of the body
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Music

Children are presented with wonderful opportunities to explore the process of creating music.  Through the use of poems, rhymes, simple songs, movement, and Orff instruments, children explore steady beat, matching pitch, and simple music concepts like loud and soft, high and low.  They have many opportunities to make a joyful noise to the Lord.

Kindergarten Connection

Kindergarten Connection is a unique program offered at the pre-kindergarten level that gives students an opportunity to experience Kindergarten.

This program serves to help pre-kindergarten students make a seamless transition from a preschool setting into a Kindergarten setting.

Teachers create a fun experience where students are able to be with current Kindergarten students. This unique program allows children to discover Kindergarten through story time, learning centers and creative expression. The children really enjoy this learning and social play time with their Kindergarten friends.

Another wonderful benefit of this program for Whale Room pre-kindergarteners choosing to enroll at Our Savior School is that they will experience a seamless transition into Kindergarten, as this child will already know and love their Kindergarten teacher.

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All the extras

Our students are enriched daily with experiences that go above and beyond our core curriculum. As part of our mission to be a welcoming, equipping, and sharing family of Christ, we strive to enhance our students’ learning experience with a variety of opportunities that include, but are not limited to:

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Serving the Lord

Weekly Chapel Worship
(with our “big buddies” in the Sanctuary)

Chapel Offerings

Christmas Program

Pennies for Patients

Adopt a Student

Spring Program

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Specials

Pumpkin Party

VIP Day

Pajama Day

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Carnival

Beach Day

Hearts for Jesus

Mother’s Day Tea

Dad and Me Day

Prekindergarten Graduation

Summer Specials

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Field Trips

Apple Orchard

Pumpkin Patch

Kinder Konzert
(Orchestra Hall)

Lowry Nature Center

TangleTown Farms

Firefighter
(in-house visitor)

Plant Mobile
(MN Landscape Arboretum)

Science Museum
(in-house visitor)

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Ducky Room (24 months) Full Day Schedule

7:00 – 7:30

Play with Big Friends in the Lamb Room

7:30 – 8:30

Ducky Room “Center Time” Frolics & Toilet Practice/Diapering

8:30 – 8:45

Greet Children

8:45 – 9:00

8:45 – 9:00

Bible Adventures & Calendar

Chapel on Tuesday

9:00 – 9:15

Toileting Practice/Wash up for Snack

9:15 – 9:30

Quacky Snacky

9:30 – 9:40

9:30 – 9:45

9:30 – 9:40

Library on Tuesday

Music & Rhythm on Wednesday

Shake Our Ducky Tail Feathers (songs & dancing)

9:40 – 9:45

Ducky Nest Story Time

9:45 – 9:55

Prepare for Outside Play

10:00 – 10:10

10:00 – 10:30

Spanish on Thursday

Playground Frolics

10:45 – 11:25

Learning Based Play Activities

11:25 – 11:30

Preschool Closing Blessings

11:35 – 11:45

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Ducky Nest Story Time

Splish Splash & Wash Hands

11:50 – 12:15

Lunchtime

12:20 – 12:40

Toilet Practice/Diapering

Quiet Book and Nest Time on Cots

12:45 – 2:45

Nappy Nest Time

2:30 – 3:00

Table Play/Toilet Practice/Diapering

3:00 – 3:15

Quacky Snacky

3:15 – 3:30

Waddle to the Large Motor Room

3:30 – 4:15

Ducky Room “Center Time” Frolics

4:15 – 4:25

4:30

Toilet Practice/Diapering

Transition to Lamb room

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Lamb Room (36 months) Morning Schedule

8:20

Preschoolers arrive

8:30

Helper & calendar activities

8:40

Wiggle Action

8:45 – 9:00

9:10 – 9:25

9:10 – 9:25

10:40 – 10:55

Chapel on Tuesday

Library on Tuesday

Music & Rhythm on Wednesday

Spanish on Thursday

8:45 – 8:55

Bible adventures

9:00 – 9:20

Bathroom & Snack time

9:20 – 9:30

Transition Outside

9:30 – 10:00

Playground Fun

10:00 – 10:10

Transition Inside

9:45 – 10:00

Gym Action on Inclement Days

10:15 – 10:30

Unit Discovery

10:30 – 11:15

Learning Centers and Play

11:15

11:30

Show and Share

Closing Blessings and Prayer/AM Preschool Ends

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Whale Room (48 months) Morning Schedule

8:20

Preschoolers arrive

8:30

Helper & calendar activities

8:45 – 9:00

9:50 – 10:10

9:50 – 10:10

10:15 – 10:35

Chapel on Tuesday

Library on Tuesday

Music & Rhythm on Wednesday

Spanish on Thursday

8:40 – 8:50

Bible adventures

8:50 – 9:10

Bathroom / Snack

9:15 – 9:30

Gym Skills with Mr. Aurich

9:35 – 9:45

Unit Discoveries

9:45 – 10:30

S.M.A.R.T. Learning centers and play (activities that enhance learning such as phonics, computer skills, fine motor skills, dramatic play, sensory play, block play, math concepts, language skills, pre-readiness activities, art experiences, science activities, etc.)

10:35 – 10:40

Transition Outside

10:40 – 11:10

Playground Fun / Large Motor Room on Inclement Days

11:10 – 11:15

Transition Inside

11:15

Show and Share

11:30

Closing Blessing and Prayer
AM Preschool Ends

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Early Childhood Full Day Schedule

6:30 – 8:00

Welcome and Social Play

8:00

Transition to Preschool Classrooms

8:00 – 8:25

Table Activities

8:20 – 8:30

Preschool Arrival Time

8:30 – 11:30

Preschool: Lamb and Whale Rooms

11:40 – 11:50

Wash up for lunch

11:50 – 11:55

11:55 – 12:30

Walk down to the Lunch Room

Lunchtime/Walk back to classroom

12:30 – 12:40

12:40 – 12:45

Bathroom Break/Nap Prep

Story time

12:45 – 2:15

Naptime in Whale room

1:15 – 2:15

Quiet Play with a Purpose

2:15 – 2:30

2:15 – 2:35

Waking Up

Learning and Playing with our friends

2:35 – 2:45

Bathroom break

2:45 – 3:15

Snack time

3:15 – 3:25

3:30 – 4:00

4:05 – 4:20

Prep for Outside Fun

Outside/Gym Fun

Transition back Inside

4:20 – 4:30

Circle Time

4:30 – 5:30

Learning centers and play activities

5:30 – 5:50

Small center activities

5:50 – 5:59

6:00

Clean up time

Closed/LATE FEE assessed

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Frequently asked questions

Is Our Savior Early Childhood Center licensed?

Our Savior is licensed by the MN Department of Human Services.

Is Our Savior Early Childhood Center accredited?

Our Savior is accredited through NAEYC and NLSA.

What is your student to staff ratio?

Our Toddler Room (24 months – 36 months) will maintain a 7 students to 1 adult ratio. Our care for children 36 months through age 5 will maintain a 10 students to 1 adult ratio.

Does my child need to be potty trained?

Children do not need to be potty trained to attend school in our Toddler Room; however they must be potty trained and wearing underwear to attend school in our Lamb and Whale rooms.

What are your hours of care?

Child care is open from 6:30am until close at 6:00pm. Preschool only students attend from 8:15am to 11:30am.

What Lutheran Church are you?

Our Savior Lutheran Church and School is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

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