Daily Preschool Routines
Each class has their own specific routines that meet the needs of the students, the class, and the teacher’s curriculum. These are some of the items covered in the Mt. Olive Preschool environment:
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Children attend chapel on Mondays and Thursdays. Chapel is led by either Ms. Karen, our Preschool Director, Pastor Meyer, or Mr. Jason, our Director of Christian Education. Chapel time includes singing, Bible verses, and Bible stories and lessons.
Pastor Meyer and Mr. Jason visit classrooms twice per month for Jesus Time and to tell Bible stories, teach lessons, and visit with the children.
Each class follows a routine of daily activities that incorporates a variety of learning experiences and opportunities to play and explore. Classroom time includes teacher-led and child-directed activities, and outdoor play time allows children to develop gross motor skills as they run, climb, jump, and pedal. Mt. Olive Preschool provides morning and afternoon snacks, and children bring their own lunches from home. Children enrolled for full-time and extended days will have a daily rest time after lunch.
Curriculum and Monthly Themes
Each class will have a monthly theme of study. Themes include concepts and activities in Science, Social Studies and Culture, Math, Language Arts and Reading, and Art. Parents receive monthly curriculum web plans and weekly lesson plans outlining learning themes and objectives, activities in various subject areas, books to be read, and letters and numbers of the week.
Additionally, the Threes and Pre-K classes use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum that incorporates pre-reading and pre-math activities. Children will master letters, letter sounds, and simple number concepts. The Pre-K curriculum is aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Children in the Pre-K class are well prepared for their Kindergarten experience.
Creative Movement Class
Creative Movement class is taught on Wednesdays in the Threes and Pre-K classes. The class is taught by a Master’s Level Movement Specialist and Educator. In the class children explore different forms of locomotion (running, skipping, hopping, galloping, crawling), making shapes on different levels (low, middle, high), and qualities of shapes and movement (slow/fast, open/close). Children will practice problem solving, cooperation, and strengthen their mind-body connections. The Creative Movement class is part of our preschool curriculum and is included in tuition.
Spanish is taught on Tuesdays in the Twos, Threes, and Pre-K classes. Using the Sonrisas curriculum, Spanish class incorporates singing, dancing, and reading stories in Spanish. Spanish class is a part of our preschool curriculum and is included in tuition.
A weekly Gymnastics class is taught by former college gymnast and pediatric physical therapist. Children build strength, coordination, flexibility, and confidence as they learn new skills. The class will focus on introductory preschool gymnastics skills and body positions. Gross motor skills such as jumping, hopping, and skipping will also be incorporated into the class. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:15pm for Threes and Pre-K kids. Fees set by instructor.
Teams of Tomorrow (TOT)
TOT class teaches fundamental and creative basketball skills. Classes incorporate basketball skills along with agility and academic skills. TOT meets Thursdays from 3:30-4:15. Fees set by TOT Coordinator.
The Art Garage, a local art studio, offers 6 week classes each semester. Children learn color theory and work with paints, clay, chalk and other media to create unique pieces. Class fees set by Art Garage.