Kindergarten Readiness Program
4 – 5 Year Olds
The Preschool curriculum are aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Early Learning Content Standards.
9:00- 11:30 a.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
12:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
- 9:00/12:15 Arrival/Morning Work: Children are welcomed to school. They will locate their personal cubbies/hooks, change up their coats and book bags, and head out into the hallway to wait for their turn to wash their hands. Upon coming back into the classroom, children will sign-in by answering our “Question of the Day” and then complete their “morning work” on the carpet (name activity, folder game, independent reading).
- 9:10/12:25 Morning Meeting time includes a welcome song, the Pledge of Allegiance, as tory related to our theme, and a brief introduction to the centers for the day.
- 9:25/12:40 Centers: A variety of centers and activities are provided throughout the classroom including fine motor, literacy, sensory, art, dramatic play, blocks, science inquiry, math games, puzzles, etc. This is a free-choice time. Children will move and rotate through the centers at their own pace. They may be called to work one on one or in a small group setting with a teacher during this time.
- 10:10/1:25 Restroom Break: Children will be called individually or in small groups to use the restroom during center time.
- 10:25/1:40: Circle Time: Children will gather on the carpet for music and movement, calendar, weather, a thematic mini0lesson and/or to revisit a skill or review the letter or number of the week.
- 10:40/1:55 Snack: Children will pray and eat a small snack together while quietly socializing, trying new foods, practicing table manners, and learning to clean up after themselves.
- 10:50/2:05: Brain Work Time: Activities during this teacher-guided time may include a science experiment, a math or language class game, an individual table activity, or a process art project to further develop a variety of skills (listening, fine motor, problem-solving, critical thinking, language or math readiness, etc.)
- 11:05/2:20 Daily Wrap-up: After a quick “debriefing” of our day, we will sing our goodbye song together. Children will gather their belongings and line up for outdoor play.
- 11:10/2:25 Large Muscle Activity/Dismissal: We will end our day on the playground, weather permitting. If the weather keeps us indoors, we will head to the church basement to move to music, play an active game, or play with the hula hoops, scooters, balls, the parachute, etc. in order to develop large muscle/gross motor skills. Students will be dismissed to their grown-up from the playground or in case of inclement weather, from the classroom.
Cognitive Activity/Brain Work
This time is set aside for planned learning experiences. This is the more “academic” part of our day. The Preschool 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.
Constructive play provides an outlet for individual creative expression. One of the most important aspects of free choice play is the development of social skills, particularly the sense of fair play and sharing. During free choice 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.
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 Preschool programs.
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.
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 United Methodist Church (LUMC) Children’s Ministry Team for Kids Korner.