Preschool Programs, Classes and Ages

 Welcome to Mount Olive Preschool, where the Son always Shines!

Thank you for your inter­est in our preschool pro­gram.  Here at Mount Olive we Drawing of a smiling flower with the words

take preschool very seriously—because play­ing to learn is hard work! We strive to offer your child the best Christ-cen­tered envi­ron­ment we can, so that they can play, play, play and, along the way, learn and prac­tice valu­able social, emo­tion­al and cog­ni­tive skills. We aim to devel­op kids who love school and are ready to learn!

The preschool has over 90 stu­dents uti­liz­ing 4 class­rooms. The pro­gram involves a staff of 14 teach­ers and assis­tants super­vised by a school admin­is­tra­tor.

By August 31st, chil­dren must be 3 years of age to enroll in the 3-year-old pro­grams or 4 years of age to enroll in the 4-year-old pro­grams.

All chil­dren must be com­plete­ly inde­pen­dent in their toi­let­ing needs.

Pro­gram A -      3–4 years;     Tuesday/Thursday      9:00 AM – 11:30 AM;      $120/month

Pro­gram B -      3–4 years;      Mon/Wed/Fri.            9:00 AM – 11:30 AM;       $165/month

Pro­gram 2B -      2 years;      Mon/Wed/Fri.            9:15 AM – 11:45 AM;       $165/month

Pro­gram C -      4–5 years;      Mon/Wed/Fri.            9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon;    $190/month

Pro­gram D/E - 4–5 years;     Mon­day – Fri­day        9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon;    $280/month

(Pro­gram D/E=  We have two class­es in ses­sion at this time)

Pro­gram A and B are lim­it­ed to 16 stu­dents, with one teacher and one assis­tant.

Pro­gram C/D/E are lim­it­ed to 18 stu­dents, with one teacher and one assis­tant.

A banner with a big check mark and the words Registration begins in February for the following September.

Please come by for a tour, meet some of our staff, and ask any ques­tions you may have.  We’d love to see you!  Please call the office or stop by to sched­ule a tour or to ask any ques­tions. The office is open Mon­day to Fri­day, 8:30 am -2:30 pm.

Dar­cy Clos­ner: Church and Preschool Admin­is­tra­tor (509) 966‑2190

Program Overview

Christian Education

A banner showing a bible, ruler, apple, pencil, scissors and the words

All of our pro­grams focus on shar­ing the won­der­ful gift of God’s Love with all chil­dren and their fam­i­lies in a vari­ety of ways.  We pro­vide a lov­ing, encour­ag­ing and enrich­ing envi­ron­ment for your child to play and explore in.  All pro­grams have dai­ly “Jesus Time” with a bible sto­ry and mem­o­ry verse of the week, and the chil­dren attend week­ly chapel ses­sions led by staff and our Pas­tor (whom they love!).

Social/Emotional Development

Two boys build an elevated roadway with brightly colored plastic pieces on the carpet
First Day of School- already hard at play!

Anoth­er com­po­nent of all pro­grams is our focus on social and emo­tion­al

devel­op­ment.  Through play, sto­ries, pup­pet shows, songs and con­ver­sa­tion, we work with chil­dren indi­vid­u­al­ly and in a group set­ting to devel­op and prac­tice ways to show love and respect to oth­ers around them.  Our staff works hard each day to help chil­dren grow in their abil­i­ty to share, take turns, play coop­er­a­tive­ly, lis­ten to oth­er chil­dren and adults and solve prob­lems togeth­er.  We also pro­vide dai­ly oppor­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren to devel­op their self-con­fi­dence and independence—important skills for future aca­d­e­m­ic suc­cess.

Developing a Love for Learning

We want your child to love com­ing to school!  Devel­op­ing a joy for learn­ing and explor­ing the world is an impor­tant part of our preschool.  Our teach­ers work to pro­vide an enrich­ing envi­ron­ment and mate­ri­als that allow your child to inves­ti­gate and explore each day.  Cen­ters may change with a new theme, allow­ing your child to dis­cov­er new things. If you say “How was school today?” we hope your child will say “It was fun!”

Thematic Units

All pro­grams fol­low the same themes through­out the year, but with vary­ing activ­i­ties and depth of focus.  Each theme may last from 2–5 weeks, depend­ing on the top­ic.  We begin the year with a focus on “All About Me” and expand our inves­ti­gat­ing out­ward from there.

Readiness Skills

All chil­dren par­tic­i­pate in dai­ly cir­cle times that incor­po­rate songs, fin­ger plays, and sto­ries. Stu­dents learn and prac­tice readi­ness skills includ­ing sit­ting still, stay­ing in one spot, fol­low­ing along dur­ing a sto­ry, par­tic­i­pat­ing in a song, and watch­ing and imi­tat­ing teacher’s hand motions or facial expres­sions. They also par­tic­i­pate in cleanup rou­tines at the end of cen­ter play time.  These foun­da­tion­al learn­ing behav­iors are help­ful for future aca­d­e­m­ic suc­cess.

Family Style Snack Time

All pro­grams serve snacks “fam­i­ly style” to help pro­mote man­ners, inde­pen­dence and respon­si­bil­i­ty.  Each fam­i­ly is respon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing snacks 2–4 times a year, depend­ing on the size of your class and how often it meets. Stu­dents take turns pass­ing the serv­ing bowl and serv­ing them­selves.  They also pour their own drink of milk or water from a small pitch­er.  When food or drink is spilled, stu­dents prac­tice clean­ing up with adult guid­ance and assis­tance as need­ed.

Photo of children on playgrooundGross Motor Skills

We have an excel­lent enclosed play­ground on site.  Stu­dents prac­tice climb­ing, slid­ing, rid­ing trikes, run­ning, kick­ing and enjoy­ing fresh air every day dur­ing out­door recess time.

Program Curriculum Descriptions

Family Contributions 

Each fam­i­ly is asked to sup­ply snack 2–4 times a year for the whole class.  We also ask for 2 pic­ture frames used to frame your child’s art for our Spring Art Show.

We also wel­come fam­i­ly con­tri­bu­tions in the form of volunteering—bring in your chick­en dur­ing farm week, help out with the Christ­mas pro­gram, teach us how to bake banana bread—let us know your tal­ent, and we’ll find a spot for you!

Preschoolers At Play: Photo Gallery

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