A Typical Day at First Learning Center:
Greeting and welcoming activities are followed by learning at centers or in the Outdoor Discovery Space. Preschoolers experience a mix of child-initiated and small group experiences that include art, construction and building, dramatic play, science discoveries, exploring books and writing, use of materials that develop small muscle skills, and conversations that support early mathematics growth.
A healthy snack is enjoyed mid-morning. There's plenty of time for developing large muscle skills through creative movement, running, jumping, climbing and balancing, either outdoors or in the Activity Center.
Small group time and closing activities include music and movement, story time and recalling the morning's highlights.
First Lutheran's Outdoor Classroom and Discovery Space is a certified Arbor Day Foundation Nature Explore Classroom and a certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Preschoolers use this area to discover, dance, play, dig, build and connect with nature. Visit our page on the Outdoor Classroom to learn more about this area.
Library Time features visits by guest story tellers and the opportunity for preschoolers to check out books from the church library. Families are also invited to use the library space, located on the 2nd floor, near the elevator.
Faith Formation lessons are incorporated into the preschool day in a variety of ways. Specific doctrines are not taught, but children have opportunities to learn about God's love, the gifts God has given them in Creation and their relationships with others, as well as to discover the qualities that make them special and unique.
Simple prayers are offered at snack time and may be used to begin or end the morning. Twice each month, Learning Center students gather with a preschool staff or a church staff member in the Chapel to hear or experience a Bible story, sing songs and learn about worship spaces.