The Preschool Program

(3 years old by August 1st)

Class Time:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00-12:00p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00-12:00p.m.
Extended Day: Monday – Friday 6:30a.m.-6:00p.m.

preschool@stjohnshilltop.com

Brittany Fleming: Preschool Teacher

Brittany started in the beginning of the 2008/2009. She began her career at St. John’s as an Intern while completing her education in Early Childhood Education at Owens Community College. She has watched many of the now school age children go through the ranks at St. John’s where she feels close to each and every one of them as they grow. Brittany has chosen this career path because “I love working with young children and helping them grow and learn.”

Alesha Haines: Preschool Teacher

Alesha started her career at St. John’s in the middle of the 2016/2017 school year. Before St. John’s, Alesha worked at another childcare center for many years, where she gained experience with all ages of children from infants through grade school. Alesha said “I love seeing the light in children’s eyes when they learn something new, and knowing that I was part of the reason they learned that!”

 

A SAMPLE DAY
  • OPENING CIRCLE: The children will be involved in activities such as: rhythm and movement, sound/letter correspondence, building friendships/bonds, bible study, memorization, practicing listening skills, sharing words/stories/interests, literacy experiences (vast and varied), hands-on interactive experiences (cooking projects, science experiments), problem solving, using critical thinking skills. They will follow a routine, getting familiar with and comfortable with a schedule. They will develop a sense of being part of a group, build their self-confidence, and learn to appreciate and embrace the differences among them.
  • CHAPEL: Once a week the children will attend a short devotional story or lesson in the chapel led by either a staff member, pastor, youth director or the administrator.
  • WORK JOBS: Hands-on learning games, which promote academic readiness, are available for individual, teacher directed, and small group play.
  • FREE CHOICE/CENTERS: Children engage in hands on developmentally appropriate activities across the curriculum.
  • SMALL GROUP/INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES: The teacher will assist and direct the group to focus on one or two specific skills (i.e. holding scissors, writing name, letter recognition)
  • GROSS MOTOR: Running, relays, tumbling, recreation equipment, games, creative movement, and development of large muscles. Through a variety of games, music, and movement the teacher will plan daily activities that give children practice in cooperation, teamwork, large and small muscle development, participating individually and in a group, and being introduced to new games.