Do children nap regularly?
Yes. Since we are state licensed, all children staying for more than 5 hours are required a rest time. Little Lambs provides cots for every student, and parents bring a crib size fitted sheet and a blanket. If your child cannot fall asleep, quiet activities will be available so the children who are asleep will not be disturbed.
When and how are children’s skills evaluated?
We conduct two “official” assessments each year. One in the fall and one in the spring. These are followed up by parent/teacher conferences. We are also observing the students each day and recording their progress continually!
Does my child have to be potty trained?
Yes, your child must be fully independent in the bathroom.
A fully potty trained child is a child who can do the following:
- Be able to tell the adult they have to go potty BEFORE they have to go.
- Be able to pull down their underwear and pants and get them back up without assistance.
- Be able to wipe themselves after using the toilet.
- Be able to wash and dry their hands.
Do you offer tours of the preschool?
Yes! Feel free to call or email to set up a tour. The best way to see if Little Lambs is the right fit is to come and see for yourself!
What are your child to teacher ratios?
The preschool class, 3-4 year olds ratio is 1:8. The classroom will never go above 16 children. The Pre-Kindergarten classes, 4-5 year olds ratio is 1:10. They will never exceed 20 children in a classroom.
What are the school hours?
Little Lambs’ holds a half day session and a full day session. Half day is 8:30-11:30. Full day is 8:30-3:30. We are open from 7:30-5:30 offering wrap around care to families outside of regular school hours.
How do teachers communicate with parents?
Teachers are available for quick chats at drop off and pick up. Emails are sent out weekly with reminders for the classroom. Teachers are available for extra meetings if parents wish to do so!
How is religion incorporated into the classroom?
Everyday we will spend time learning about Jesus. We will share with the children Christ and his love for us. Each week we learn a new Bible lesson and incorporate that into projects and crafts we create! We have chapel every week with pastor, who dives further into the Bible lesson we are learning. We will sing Christian songs and poems. We use prayer before each meal and throughout the day! We want all students and families to know Jesus as their loving Savior.
Are meals and snacks provided?
Snacks are provided by Little Lambs Lutheran Preschool. We provide one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one during the last hour of wrap around care. We do not provide lunch. Parents will send a lunch with their child if they are staying the full day!
How is discipline handled?
Our goal is to guide the children in practicing problem solving, learning appropriate social skills, and sharing God’s love and forgiveness with one another. If a problem of misbehavior arises, the teacher will talk privately with the child to redirect or correct the situation. The staff will NOT use humiliation, fear, or any kind of abuse to respond to children who misbehave. Children will be encouraged to resolve differences with adult guidance. Little Lambs will provide individualized social and emotional intervention supports for children, including methods of understanding child behavior; and developing, adopting, and implementing a team-based
positive support plan with the intent to reduce challenging behavior.
What are the teacher qualifications?
All lead teachers are early childhood teacher qualified or more. Refer to staff bios for more specific info on each staff member!
What is SmartCare?
Smartcare is an electronic system that automates parents’ paying and billing. Each child is given an account to which the parents will have access. Parents will use kiosks at school to log their child in and out each day. The security of the child and his/her information is on of the top priorities. The online portal is securely maintained so parents can safely login and view the details of the child’s account.
What is Zoo Phonics?
- The Zoo-phonics® Multisensory Language Arts Program is a kinesthetic, multi-modal approach to learning all aspects of language arts, including vocabulary development and articulation, based on phonics and phonemic awareness.
- The principle of Zoo-phonics® maximizes understanding, memory, utilization and transference to all areas of the reading, spelling and writing process in a playful and concrete manner.
- Zoo-phonics® is a method developed to make children strong readers and spellers using a “phono” (hearing), “oral” (speaking), “visual” (seeing), “kinesthetic” (moving), and tactile (touching)—whole brain approach. Students actually learn the sounds of the alphabet and advanced phonemic concepts through an easily understood, concrete method of presentation.
- Zoo-phonics® uses animals drawn in the shapes of the letters for ease in memory. A related body movement is given for each letter. This concrete approach cements the sounds to the shapes of the letters. Lowercase letters and their sounds are taught first (needed 95% of the time in text), capital letters and letter names are taught later.
- Zoo-phonics® also provides a springboard for all other academia such as math, art, music, cooking/nutrition, social studies, science, grooming, physical education and sensory/drama.
- Every aspect of the program has been field-tested and found to be effective. Educational research repeatedly supports the focus of phonics in early reading programs, as well as the educational benefits of pictorial mnemonics and kinesthetic approaches to learning that are unique to Zoo-phonics®.
- Currently Zoo-phonics® is used throughout the United States and internationally as a highly effective language arts program.