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St John’s Lutheran Kindergarten Geelong
St John’s Lutheran School also operates a Kindergarten on-site. The Kindergarten provides the opportunity for those who would also like an easy transition from Kinder to Primary School to attend St John’s Lutheran School. We currently offer 16 hours per week, with children attending over 3 days.
Tuesday and Thursday from 8.45 am – 3.15 pm Friday afternoon 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Monday and Wednesday from 8.45 am – 3.15 pm
- To aid parents in the development of their children, through a close home and Kindergarten relationship
- To promote learning through play in a Christian environment
- To provide an opportunity for early training to help the child to cope with life situations at his/her level of maturity
- To assist in the gradual adjustment from home to school life
- To develop creative abilities through materials and experience
- To broaden the child’s interests
- To encourage good attitudes (caring for others and for equipment; sharing equipment; taking turns; listening while others speak; good toilet habits; packing up toys etc.)
- To encourage an awareness of God’s love through: simple telling of Bible stories; songs and finger plays; prayers and table grace.
PREPARATION FOR LIFE
Kindergarten is the first stage in a continuing education process. The program is planned to help the child adjust to a less sheltered life than that provided in the family. In some cases, kindergarten is the child’s first experience of being away from the family for a length of time. We aim to promote activities which are important in the development of a stable and happy child.
EDUCATIONAL, DRAMATIC AND IMAGINATIVE PLAY
Creative play is vital to the normal development of a young child. Children learn more through play than through any other means, because he/she is personally involved. Play is a means of self expression. A child learns to be creative, constructive and independent. Through play, the child explores, experiments and tests ideas. The child finds out things from others and learns to live with others. It is very rewarding to the staff, too, to see the satisfaction a child gains from having achieved something. Creative play involves experimenting with substances like clay mud, play dough, sand, water, paint and crayons.
Some of a young child’s play in kindergarten is designed specifically to prepare them for skills they will need throughout their school years. Some of the things they learn are: sorting, matching and cutting; number games, songs and finger plays; physical skills such as hopping, skipping, balancing, throwing and climbing.
PARENTS AND FRIENDS COMMITTEE
St John’s Lutheran School and Kindergarten acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.