Early Learning
First Classroom Experience

3 – 4 year olds

The Early Learning curriculum are aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Early Learning Content Standards.

Morning Class

9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Afternoon Class

12:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Daily Program

Sample Schedule

  • 9:00/12:15 Student Arrival – Children are welcomed to the school by teachers. They will be given a squirt of hand sanitizer, hang up bags/coats, and move their owls to “sign in.”
  • 9:05/12:20 Morning Meeting: We will sit together and greet one another in song. We will introduce the classroom jobs, say the Pledge of Allegiance, sing name songs, and discuss the calendar and weather.
  • 9:20/12:35 Large Muscle Activity: We will go out to the playground or provide toys downstairs that will foster large muscle development and coordination. We will take a restroom break and wash our hands on our way back into the classroom.
  • 9:45/1:00 Snack: A time to say our prayer, share stories with one another, and find out what foods we love to eat. We will also learn about polite table manners and how to clean up after ourselves. The children will have the opportunity to independently look at a book after snack.
  • 10:00/1:15 Circle/Story Time: This is a time for us to come back together as a whole group. We might dance, do fingerplays, and/or a short game or activity about the topic of the day. We will also read a story related to the theme of the day.
  • 10:15/1:30 Center Time: A variety of choices and activities will be available throughout the room which could include fine motor, sensory, literacy, art, dramatic play, math blocks, puzzles, etc.
  • 11:15/2:30 Daily Wrap-Up: This is a time for us to clean up the room from all of our fun (and maybe get a few wiggles out) before we dismiss the children for the day.
  • 11:25/2:40 Goodbye/Dismissal: We will end our happy day by singing the goodbye song. The children will gather their belongings and we will walk them to the door for dismissal.
Daily Program

Learning Opportunities 

Cognitive Activities/Table Work
This time is set aside for planned learning experiences.  This is the more “academic” part of our day.  The Early Learning  program will include language arts and reading readiness experiences.  There will be varied math readiness activities as well as units in science and social studies.  It is during this period that we work specifically with numbers, colors, size, shapes, listening activities and learning to follow directions.

Center Time
Center Time provides an outlet for individual creative expression.  One of the most important aspects of free play is the development of social skills, particularly the sense of fair play and sharing.  During free play, the children are able to use toys, arts and crafts materials, blocks, kitchen and dress-up areas, table manipulatives and their imaginations.

Music and Stories
Music gives the child a chance to develop coordination through rhythmic activities and to develop an appreciation of music and a feeling for dramatic play and self expression.  Listening to stories helps develop language skills, attention span and listening skills and fuels the imagination.

Motor Activities
Movement is important to the child’s wholesome development as a well integrated person who can use his body and his mind in harmony.  The development of large and small muscle coordination is prerequisite to the development of early academic skills.  Movement and opportunities are integrated into the Early Learning programs.

Nutritious Snacks
Children have the opportunity to practice table courtesies, prayer and friendly conversation.  We serve a variety of nutritious snacks in order to broaden each child’s tasting experiences.  Special sharing experiences  can be created through parents providing snacks for the group at any time, such as on parent-helper days or around the child’s birthday.  LUMP/K is a peanut and tree-nut-free school.  All snacks must adhere to the school’s nut free policy and list.

Enrichment Program
This program provides educational and cultural enrichment experiences.  Children have the opportunity to utilize the many community resources available to them through field trips and school visits by area artists and professionals such as the Dayton Philharmonic String Quartet, The Cincinnati Museum Center and the Mother’s Nature program.  All of our classes will schedule monthly visits to the Lebanon Public Library.  All of our classes are visited monthly by the Lebanon Methodist Church (LUMC) Children’s Ministry Team for Kids Korner.