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PreSchools of St. Andrew's

LEARNING WITH FRIENDS, FUN, & FAITH

We are a Christian Early Childhood Educational Program. The key to establishing a Christian environment is employing teachers who have committed their lives to Jesus Christ. Teachers will assist the children in:

  • Becoming more familiar with Jesus Christ through prayer and with Bible stories
  • Helping them understand that God loves them
  • Helping them understand that God makes them uniquely special
  • Growing in their ability to love one another

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF OUR PRESCHOOL?

  1. To provide a safe, healthy, nurturing and culturally responsive setting for children.
  2. To support children’s development by cherishing individual differences, helping them learn about cooperation, and promoting their self-esteem.
  3. To work with families to bring about collaboration between home and school in ways that will enhance the child’s development.
  4. To provide a learning experience for the whole child; physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.
  5. To encourage and foster independence and socialization in preschoolers within a safe, caring and Christian environment.

ACTIVITIES

We offer the following activities, which are included in the tuition:

Music with a Specialist

Brain research has emphasized the importance behind early music education. Children possess an abundance of genes and synapses that immediately make them ready for learning music. Music education at our center provides “neurological exercises” that introduce children to speech patterns, sensory motor skills, and vital movement strategies.  Each week children will experience music through songs, movement, history, and musical games taught by our Music Specialist of ten years, Miss Kathy.

Weekly Chapel

Each week the Full Day Preschools have a small chapel service, conducted by a pastor or member of the St. Andrew’s Children, Youth & Family staff. This time includes Bible stories, skits or songs.  Half Day Preschoolers have chapel time each week as well as Bible stories, songs and prayers.  Faith formation in our students is an integral part of our curriculum. It’s about helping young children grow in faith and deepening and strengthening their relationship with God.

Spanish with a Specialist

For years it has been thought that teaching a foreign language to preschool-age children would be futile. However, recent studies indicate that the best time for a child to learn another language is in the first three to four years of life because the brain is malleable.  Ms. Shannon, our Spanish Specialist, has been with the Preschools teaching Spanish for over 20 years. Children learn by listening, seeing, imitating, and practicing in every class. Ms. Shannon introduces them to Spanish rhymes, songs, games, and counting.

Our Approach

We use a “Learning Center” approach to Curriculum throughout the week.  Our teachers design learning experiences to meet the needs of the individual child, as well as the entire group. Discovery-based exploration is nurtured in creative arts, science, cooking, blocks, table toys, large muscle, dramatic play, sensory, literature, and music.

HALF DAY PRESCHOOL

The Half Day Preschool program is a nine-month program. Class time is from 8:45-11:30. Children attend morning sessions from September through mid-May. Extended Day / Lunch Bunch option is also available. ** 
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE
  • Arrival/Welcome/Learning Centers
  • Prayer/Attendance/Calendar/Group Time
  • Music/ Chapel
  • Prayer/Snack
  • Letter of the Week / Art Project / Learning Centers
  • Spanish / Journals (4-5 year old class, one day a week)
  • Clean Up
  • Playground/Gym/Large Motor Activities
  • Group Time/Songs/Games
  • Dismissal

** The Extended Day / Lunch Bunch schedule includes lunch, Playground/Gym time, and games/activities devoted to kindergarten readiness.

INTERESTED IN ENROLLMENT?

Parents are required to tour the program before applying for enrollment. Upon acceptance into the program, families will receive a Parent Handbook and Registration Packet.  Contact Shannon Freese, Assistant Director of the Half Day Preschool, at 651.762.9121,  or by using our Contact Us form. 

FULL DAY PRESCHOOL

We are a year-round program which is open Monday through Friday. Extended care is included in tuition. We open at 7 a.m. and close our doors at 5 p.m. For the well-being of the children, we strongly recommend that a child not exceed 10 hours per day. A detailed yearly calendar (which includes any days the program is closed) is considered part of the enrollment contract.
PRESCHOOL SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

Playground Time (weather permitting)
  • Bible Story/Devotions
  • Group Time/Calendar/Center Activities
  • Large Muscle Room activities
  • Rest Time/Quiet Activities
  • Group Time/Stories/Songs
  • Free Choice Time
TODDLER DAILY SAMPLE SCHEDULE

  • Fine Motor/Manipulative/ Sensory Table
  • Jesus Time
  • Art/Science
  • Choice Time
  • Naptime/Quiet Activities
  • Stories
  • Outside Play/Large Muscle Time

INTERESTED IN ENROLLMENT?

Parents are required to tour the program before applying for enrollment. Upon acceptance into the program, families will receive a

For the Parent Handbook and Registration Packet, contact Deb Hruby, Preschool Administrator, Full Day Preschool,  651.762.4103 or by using our Contact Us form.