Early Learning – A first-time classroom experience.  (Early learning students must be age 3 by September 30th.)

Early Learning is offered in the morning or afternoon.

The morning classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The afternoon classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday,  Thursday from 12:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Sample Daily Schedule (am/pm)
9:00/12:15  Orientation: A time for the children to visit with each other and teachers; can choose an activity in the room
9:30/12:45 Circle/Constructive Play/Tablework: Instructional activities, reading and math readiness, small motor development, reasoning activities, etc.
9:55/1:10  Body Management/Large Muscle Activity: We will go outside daily for large muscle activity, when weather permits.  During inclement weather or cold, we will go to Fellowship/Heritage Hall for large muscle activity.
10:10/1:25 Snack
10:25/1:40 Free Play:  Interacting with friends.  Activities set up around the room to choose from.
10:50/2:05 Art, Science, Social Studies
11:15/2:30 Story Time/Preparation for going home.

The daily program is structured so that learning takes place through a variety of activity settings.

Constructive Play/Table Work
This time is set aside for planned learning experiences.  This is the more “academic” part of our day.  The Early Learning  program will include language arts and reading readiness experiences.  There will be varied math readiness activities as well as units in science and social studies.  It is during this period that we work specifically with numbers, colors, size, shapes, listening activities and learning to follow directions.

Free Play (Supervised)
Free play provides an outlet for individual creative expression.  One of the most important aspects of free play is the development of social skills, particularly the sense of fair play and sharing.  During free play, the children are able to use toys, arts and crafts materials, blocks, kitchen and dress-up areas, table manipulatives and their imaginations.

Music and Stories
Music gives the child a chance to develop coordination through rhythmic activities and to develop an appreciation of music and a feeling for dramatic play and self expression.  Listening to stories helps develop language skills, attention span and listening skills and fuels the imagination.

Motor Activities
Movement is important to the child’s wholesome development as a well integrated person who can use his body and his mind in harmony.  The development of large and small muscle coordination is prerequisite to the development of early academic skills.  Movement and opportunities are integrated into the Early Learning programs.

Nutritious Snacks
Children have the opportunity to practice table courtesies, prayer and friendly conversation.  We serve a variety of nutritious snacks in order to broaden each child’s tasting experiences.  Special sharing experiences  can be created through parents providing snacks for the group at any time, such as on parent-helper days or around the child’s birthday.  LUMP/K is a peanut and tree-nut-free school.  All snacks must adhere to the school’s nut free policy and list.

Enrichment Program
This program provides educational and cultural enrichment experiences.  Children have the opportunity to utilize the many community resources available to them through field trips and school visits by area artists and professionals such as the Dayton Philharmonic String Quartet, The Cincinnati Museum Center and the Mother’s Nature program.  All of our classes will schedule monthly visits to the Lebanon Public Library.  All of our classes are visited monthly by the Lebanon United Methodist Church (LUMC) Children’s Ministry Team for Kids Korner.

The Early Learning curriculum are aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Early Learning Content Standards.