At Mt. Olive Preschool we believe the most important thing we do every day is to teach little children about the love of Jesus.Children know about love because they experience and know the feeling of love they get from their parents, grandparents, and siblings. When you tell young children that Jesus loves them, they have an understanding of what that means. Our aim each day is to let the light and love of Jesus show in our words and actions.We model love and concern, forgiveness, and joy.
Our Bible curriculum teaches basic Bible stories like Noah’s ark, David and Goliath, and Jesus’ miracles. At Christmas and Easter we focus our lessons on those special stories.At Mt. Olive Preschool children begin to build a foundation for a lifetime of faith and joyful living.
We strive to make all children and their families feel at home at Mt. Olive Preschool. Many of our students spend a large part of their young lives with us at the Preschool.We get to know children and their families and come to love the children like our own. We share in families’ celebrations of little victories like successful potty training and offer caring support in times of challenge.
Low Teacher-Student Ratios
Mt. Olive Preschool’s teacher-student ratios are much lower than the state’s minimum standards allow. We believe strongly that manageable student ratios enable teachers to maintain a safe and productive classroom learning environment.
|Age Group||State Ratios||Mt. Olive Ratios|
|Toddlers||1:9 or 2:18||1:6 or 2:10|
|Twos||1:11 or 2:22||1:7 or 2:12|
|Threes||1:15 or 2:30||1:10 or 2:15|
|Pre-K||1:18 or 2:35||1:12 or 2:16|
Fewer closure days than public schools
Mt. Olive Preschool operates year-round with a school year session and summer session. We close for major holidays and a day and a half at the end of January to attend a training conference. Teacher staff development/in-service days are held at the end of the school year for two days and for three days at the beginning of a new school year session.We typically close four days over the Christmas holidays rather than for two weeks as in public schools and remain open for the week of spring break.
Creative Movement Class
Included in our curriculum for Threes and Pre-K is a weekly half-hour Creative Movement class.This class is taught by a Master’s level Dance Educator. In this child-centered class, children learn about concepts such as high and low, open and close, heavy and light as well as different forms of locomotion (walking, running, skipping, hopping, galloping). The Creative Movement class is held on Wednesdays during the school year session.
Limited Screen Time
Twenty or thirty years ago, cartoons only aired on television in the afternoons and on Saturday mornings. Now, one can view cartoons 24-hours a day. With readily-available home computers, dvd players in cars, smartphones, and digital tablets, children are exposed to video, games and other electronic content early and often. At Mt. Olive Preschool, we believe that children in preschool classes should spend their time exploring, pretending and interacting with teachers and fellow students instead of sitting in front of a screen. Young preschool minds are just beginning to think abstractly, so many preschoolers don’t understand that screen images and actions are not real. At Mt. Olive Preschool videos are shown only occasionally when a video complements a lesson or when weather prevents outside play.
Strong Pre-K program prepares children well for Kindergarten
- Learning and Practicing How to Be a Student – Our primary objective in our Pre-K class is to teach children how to be students. That is, we help children learn how to function properly in a classroom setting preparing them for Kindergarten. Children learn that there are times for doing table work, times for listening to the teacher, times to clean up and line up, and times when they can choose their own activities.
- Learning Letters – For academic readiness, we use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to teach children the proper formation of capital letters. This curriculum has been approved by the Texas Education Agency for use in public school Pre-K programs. The children use manipulatives like wood pieces, chalkboards and magnetic boards, and play-dough to learn and practice forming letters.
- Getting Ready to Read – Research tells us the best way for young children to get ready to read is to be read to and to answer questions about what is being read. Students at Mt. Olive Preschool are read to daily.
- Building Math Skills – Through individual and group work children have daily opportunities to build math skills by counting, sorting, patterning, and building.
- Monthly Themes – Each month there is a different learning theme. Activities, art projects, books, and sometimes snacks will be center around the monthly theme. Activities include science exploration, social studies and culture, math, language arts and reading, art, music, movement, and hands-on sensory activities.