3k and 4k

At HCLS, we provide an enriching environment for our 3 and 4-year-olds that promotes school readiness, encourages autonomy and nurtures social development through cooperative play. 3-Year-Old Kindergarten (3K) and 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) classes at Hales Corners Lutheran School are held at a variety of times each week along with Extended Care options to offer our families flexible scheduling. For additional details about our Admissions process, as well as tuition rates for the 2019-20 school year, click here.

Half-Day 3K/4K

Half-day 3K and 4K schedules (without Extended Care) are as follows with morning instruction from 8:15-11:00 am and afternoon instruction from 12:15-3:00pm:

  • 3K - 2 mornings per week (M/W or T/Th)

  • 4K - 3 mornings per week

  • 4K - 5 mornings per week

3K/4K With Extended Care

Extended Care at HCLS is available year round, Monday-Friday from 6:30am-6:00pm. With our Flexible Scheduling option, a 2-day minimum for 3K and a 3-day minimum for 4K are required and then families can create their own schedules by choosing from a combination of full-day and half-day options to best meet their needs. For 3K and 4K with extended care, breakfast, hot lunch, and snacks are included in tuition. We serve breakfast between the hours of 6:30 - 8:00 am. Families are also more than welcome to bring breakfast for the child(ren) - we provide cups, spoons, napkins, and milk. We have our own cook staff who provides the children with nutritionally balanced snacks and a lunch. Lunch is served between 10:50 am and 12:00 pm, with a snack at 3:00 pm.


During the course of the school year, thematic units are taught which often focus on the changes of the seasons, holidays, science concepts, and additional topics that help the children discover new things about themselves and the world in which they live. The thematic units vary in length due to the time of year and the level of student interest.

Sample of 3K Thematic Units

Welcome to School

God Made Me/I am Special



Fire Safety

Apples and Pumpkins

Shapes and Colors



Advent - Jesus is Coming

Christ the Savior is Born

Epiphany - the Visit of the Wisemen


Valentine’s Day/Post Office

Alphabet Unit

Healthy Bodies/Dental Unit

Lent and Easter

Five senses



Sample of 4k Thematic Units

Welcome to School

God Made Me/I am special; families


Colors, shapes, and sizes

Five senses

Construction and transportation

Farm, food, and nutrition

Thanksgiving and Christmas

Winter and weather

Dental health


Valentine’s Day


Forest animals of Wisconsin

Lent and Easter



Your child will:

  • Learn through the use of a variety of senses

  • Learn about a variety of occupations and careers through the use of special visitors, dramatic play, and a variety of books and manipulatives

  • Develop thinking skills in activities involving sorting, classifying, patterning, counting, and matching

  • Gain experience in measuring and graphing

  • Engage in activities to foster numeral recognition skills

  • Participate in activities to enhance spatial awareness skills, such as doing puzzles and building with blocks

  • Engage in activities involving estimation and comparison skills

  • Demonstrate an understanding of self including uniqueness, personal needs, and wellness

  • Use their natural curiosity and questioning to explore science in his/her everyday lives

  • Demonstrate an awareness of basic concepts including colors, sizes, and shapes

  • Demonstrate an awareness of number sense through counting, recognition, and one-to-one correspondence

  • Be encouraged to use their inquisitiveness to help them explore areas of interest to them

  • Learn about differences between the various seasons in God’s world

special 3K and 4K Activities and events

We also have some fun events throughout the year, including Christmas and End-of-Year programs, in addition to field trips, a week-long celebration for National Lutheran Schools Week and more:

Sample of 3K special events and activities

Science Lab, Music Class, and Gym time

Outside/playground time

Dramatic play centers incorporated into thematic units

Grandparent’s Day

Class parties for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter

Class picnic and park day

Teddy Bear Day

Pet Show Day

Career Day

Sample of 4K special events and activities

Early childhood and all-school chapel

Science lab, music specialist, computer lab, and gymnasium use

Dramatic play centers incorporated into thematic units

Class parties for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter

Christmas services for families

Guest speakers and in-house educational programs for students

Painting with parents

“Dad and me” or “Mom and me” events

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:

  1. Schedule a school visit

  2. Complete your admissions application

  3. Enroll your child

  4. Complete a tuition agreement

For additional details about our Admissions process, as well as tuition rates for the 2019-20 school year, click here. For admissions and enrollment questions, contact our Director of Admissions, Jeanne Gueller at jgueller@hcl.org or 414-529-6701. For all other questions, contact Diane Shippell at dshippell@hcl.org or 414-529-6701.