PS1 and PS2
1-Year-Old Preschool (PS1) and 2-Year-Old Preschool (PS2) programs at Hales Corners Lutheran School are available year round, Monday-Friday from 6:00am-6:00pm. A 2-day minimum is required with flexible full-day and half-day options available. Click here for 2018-19 school year tuition and extended care rates.
The primary goal for our 1 and 2-year-olds is to provide a warm, caring environment that helps establish a foundation for social development, self-help and faith building. The PS1 and PS2 classrooms are carefully designed learning environments that encourage learning through play and everyday interactions.
A Day in the Life
Our teachers provide a variety of activities that begin to introduce the curriculum areas of art, science, cooking, social studies, dramatic play, manipulative activities, language, large motor skills, music, and movement. HCLS PS1 and PS2 programming also includes a variety of faith building activities and routines, including a monthly song, prayer, and verse, weekly chapel and daily Jesus Time.
Sample of PS1/PS2 Daily Schedule
6:00-8:00 AM Scheduled Arrival
8:00-9:00 AM Free Play
9:00 AM Circle Time/Structured Teacher-Directed Activity/Music and Movement Activity
9:15 AM Morning Snack
9:45-10:30 AM Structured Art/Sensory Activity/ Diapers and Toileting
10:30 AM Outdoor Play/Large Motor Play*
11:00 AM Jesus Time
11:15 AM Lunch
11:45 AM Diapers and Toileting
12:00 PM Rest Time
2:30 PM Wake up/Diapers and Toileting
3:00 PM Afternoon Snack
3:30 PM Outdoor Play/Motor Room Play*
4:00-5:00 PM Free Play
5:00-6:00 PM Teacher-Directed Activities
*Only in inclement weatherSchedule may vary due to individual children’s needs or special school events
Thematic units are taught in both PS1 and PS2, which often focus on changes in God's world as we enter each season. These themes include holidays, science concepts, God’s creatures, and topics that help the children discover new things about themselves and the world in which they live. Our thematic units are designed based on student interest, optimizing the children’s learning potentials. In PS1, units are also planned around the “letter of the week”, and some thematic units, such as holidays, are also implemented. Within each unit, intentional planning is used to create activities that foster developmental growth.
Sample of PS1 Thematic Units
Back to School
Activities, Songs, Art, and Sensory Activities are based around each letter of the alphabet (two weeks per most letters)
St. Patrick’s Day
Sample of PS2 Thematic Units
Welcome to School
God Made Me/I am Special
Apples and Pumpkins
Healthy Eating/Dental Unit
Valentine's Day/Post Office
Your child will:
- learn through the use of a variety of senses
- develop fine and gross motor skills
- develop critical thinking skills in activities involving sorting, classifying, patterning, counting, and matching
- engage in activities to foster number sense, numeral recognition, and counting skills
- participate in activities to enhance spatial awareness skills, such as doing puzzles, shape sorting, and building with blocks
- demonstrate an understanding of self including uniqueness, personal needs and wellness
- use their natural curiosity and questioning to explore in their everyday lives
- demonstrate an awareness of basic concepts including colors, textures, and shapes
- be encouraged to use their inquisitiveness to help them explore areas of interest to them
- learn about differences between the various season's in God's world
PS1/PS2 Special Activities and Events
We also have some fun events throughout the year, including a Christmas Program , field trips and a special week-long celebration for National Lutheran Schools Week. Other special events may include:
- Fall Costume Party
- Thanksgiving Feast
- Easter Eggstravaganza Family Event
- Painting with Parents
Meals and Snacks
We serve breakfast between the hours of 6:00 – 8:30 a.m. Families are also more than welcome to bring breakfast for their child(ren) - we provide cups, spoons, napkins and milk. We have our own cook on staff who provides the children with nutritionally balanced snacks and a lunch. Lunch is served between 10:50 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and breakfast is served at 9:00 a.m. and snack at 3:00 p.m. Breakfast, hot lunch and snacks are all included in PS1 and PS2 tuition. Click here for 2018-19 school year tuition and extended care rates.
Summer Programs at HCLS
At HCLS, learning and fun don't have to end when the school year does. That's why we offer fun summer programming and care options for children from preschool through 5th grade with faith-based activities, field trips and more!
Click here to learn more about all of the wonderful things happening at HCLS this summer and see how your kids can get in on the action!
For important dates throughout the 2018-19 school year, including major school events, no school days and more, click here.
Take the Next Step
We want to meet you! To truly experience what makes Hales Corners Lutheran School so special, we invite you and your family to set up a school visit to meet us, see the learning space and get all of your questions answered. We are a family-friendly environment, so children are welcome! Please call the school office at 414-529-6701 to schedule your visit. Planning a visit is the first step of our Admissions process:
- Schedule a school visit
- Complete your admissions application
- Enroll your child
- Complete a tuition agreement
For additional details about our Admissions process, click here. For specific details about PS1/PS2 rates for the 2018-19 school year at Hales Corners Lutheran School, click here. If you have any questions, contact Director Jo Graham-Scortino at email@example.com or 414-529-6700, ext 403.