Pre-School Program

The Pre-School curriculum at Hope Lutheran is a mix of organized learning activities, constructive play, crafts, and physical activity.  Your child is sure to grow in our enriching environment. This class is taught by Mrs. Shannon Harmston, and is open to fully potty-trained students who will be 3-years-old by September 1.

Shannon is currently working on her bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Child Development. She has been working with and teaching children of all ages for almost a decade. What makes Shannon’s class special is her view on Intentional Teaching, combined with her love of bringing “real-life” experiences to her classroom. While students are learning about different subjects, she invites working professionals from the community to demonstrate their skills and share their knowledge. For example, a fireman might visit while the children are learning about fire safety, a baker when learning about cooking, or a police officer when learning about obeying the law. Shannon is also trained and certified in Culinary Arts. She shares her variety of skills with the children in different cooking activities in the classroom, from learning how to pick and wash vegetables to baking muffins.

In her spare time, she loves to read fiction and play games. She also loves to be outside as much as she can when the weather is nice in the summer. One of her favorite activities is to float down the local rivers.

Pre-School Program Details

Program Requirements
  • 3 years old by September 1
  • Completely potty-trained
  • Milk provided daily, snack is rotated among the parents of the class.
Program Hours
  • 2 Day Morning: Tuesday and Thursday
    8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • 3 Day Morning: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • 4 Day Morning: Monday – Thursday
    8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • 4 Day Full: Monday – Thursday
    8 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.

We also offer an Expanded Academic Track that may work better with your schedule from 4:05 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Our Expanded Academic Track allows your student to spend more time with a qualified teacher. Parents may choose to opt-in to the Extended Track each trimester.

Readiness Skills Developed in the Pre-School Program

Bible Study

  • Bible stories showing God’s love for us
  • Daily prayer
  • Is able to show forgiveness to others
  • Shows kindness and caring for others

Work Readiness

  • Listens attentively
  • Follows directions
  • Uses materials correctly
  • Completes activities and values his/her work

Reading and Language Readiness

  • Listens attentively
  • Follows directions
  • Uses materials correctly
  • Completes activities and values his/her work

Math Readiness

  • Recognizes their numbers
  • Counting
  • Sorting sizes, shapes, colors
  • Stacking blocks
  • Uses position words correctly


  • Claps, sings, and can move to rhythm
  • Participates in our Early Childhood Christmas program

Social and Emotional Skills

  • Plays well with others
  • Follows rules
  • Shows respect for people and objects
  • Willingness to help with cleanup and other chores
  • Participates in activities
  • Takes turns
  • Can be independent
  • Adjusts to small changes given advance warning
  • Can sit and listen for short times
  • Can express feelings
  • Displays self-control

Visual and Motor Skills

  • Can work with puzzle pieces
  • Can throw and catch
  • Can hop/skip/jump
  • Can balance on one foot
  • Can move creatively
  • Can use toys/equipment safely
  • Holds crayons and markers correctly
  • Can balance on one foot
  • Uses glue appropriately
  • Can use scissors
  • Can zip/button