Top view of two young kids coloring together

Programs

Here at St. James Lutheran Preschool, we offer an intentional, carefully designed progression of early childhood preschool class offerings from ages 12 months – 5 Years. The progression is natural and developmentally appropriate, designed to optimize Kindergarten readiness while celebrating learning through play and honoring the magic of early childhood. This progression allows each child the gift of time to learn and develop at his/her own pace while optimizing self-confidence, resilience, and growth. When children complete the St. James Lutheran Preschool early childhood progression they are fully prepared for Kindergarten, embedded with a love of learning and a sense of self and belonging that roots them solidly for years to come.

Mother reading to son at Mommy & Me Program

Mommy & Me

Children Ages 12 – 23 Months

(Dads, Grandparents & Caregivers Welcome)
Three 8-week Sessions: Fall, Winter, & Spring

St. James Lutheran Preschool welcomes you and your little one to our youngest and sweetest program! The atmosphere is one of warm and supportive companionship with other families, facilitated by a St. James Lutheran Preschool educator to form a beautiful experience for both parents (and special caregivers) and children.

  • Explore a child-friendly environment that challenges and nurtures, with simple play materials.
  • Delight in special attention given to support their unfolding interests, motor abilities, and problem-solving
    skills.
  • Experience social interaction in play that stimulates their speech and language development.
  • Engage with other children at their stage of development, while developing social capacities.
  • Experience an environment that encourages the valuable exchange of ideas and information.
  • Explore the value of observation in seeing and understanding what their children are doing and how they are learning as they play.
  • Delight in the joy of sharing songs and games with their children that support speech and language
    development.
  • Meet other parents and find a community of sharing and support.
  • Discover new tips for parenting and caregiving.
  • Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of both registration form and payment in full.
  • Register for one or both sessions.
  • Classes meet on Wednesdays for 8 weeks per session.
  • All fees are non-refundable once the session starts.
  • Payment is required before attending the first class.
  • No prorating for absences or partial attendance.
  • One make-up date (at the end of the program) will be scheduled for cancellation due to inclement weather.
Little girl painting in Tiny Tots Program

Tiny Tots - 2 Year Old Program

(Children Must Be 2 Years Old by December 1st)
2-Day: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 or 12–2 pm

The Tiny Tots program is a separation program for our youngest children which starts in mid-September and finishes the first week of June. Each child is unique in terms of their readiness for separation – typically parents/caregivers stay with their child for the first 15-30 minutes of the session until the child can easily seperate. Once the child easily separates, parents/ caregivers are not required to remain for the first 15-30 minutes of the session.

Our sessions start with welcoming each other, saying our names, singing and fingerplays. We enjoy stories and flannel board activities which provide opportunity for language development. Each day a craft is offered which gives the children a chance to experience many types of creative media including paint, crayons and glue sticks. During free play, we have many table toy manipulatives such as play dough, puzzles and blocks for fine motor development and we enjoy outdoor play and moving to music for large muscle development. Snack is provided each day.

  • Birthdays
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Valentine's Day
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Easter
Kids in 3 year old program playing in sandbox

3 Year Old Program

(Children Must Be 3 Years Old by December 1st)
2-Day: Tuesday & Thursdays from 9:30-12pm or 1–3:30pm
3-Day: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 1-3:30pm

Our 3 year old program provides a loving, nurturing environment designed to foster your child's social, emotional and creative development through play, projects and music. Thinking and reasoning skills are developed through our daily hands on activities. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled in November and May. A comprehensive portfolio including photos, work samples and assessments is presented at the May conference.

GREETING/FREE PLAY:
Children are greeted each day as they enter the classroom and then hang their coats and tote bags in their cubbies. After approximately 15 minutes of free play, the children gather on the meeting rug for a few minutes to sing hello to each other and have their teacher explain the day.

FREE PLAY/PROJECTS:
After our "mini-meeting" the children return to free play where they can choose to play at the tables with toys, puzzles, play dough etc. They may choose to play in the dramatic play area, build with blocks, play with trucks and cars or choose a quiet spot near the library to look at a book.

During free play children are invited in small groups to participate in a creative project that is consistent with our theme for the day. Our projects allow children to explore all types of media including paint, watercolor and finger paint, learning to cut with scissors and using glue sticks. Most days the children bring their projects home, others are saved to display in our classroom.

CLEAN UP:
Children all participate in putting toys away in areas that are labeled with pictures and words.

STORY TIME/CIRCLE TIME:
A story related to the theme is read aloud and often a flannel board activity is presented. Songs and finger plays are taught as we learn about seasons, holidays, colors, shapes, animals and other fun things! We will also say the Pledge of Allegiance during this time. Children have the opportunity to share their experiences in a group setting.

SNACK & DRINK:
After washing their hands, children locate their photo and name tag at the tables and prayer is said together. Snack is provided each day.

PLAYGROUND:
Children have fun developing their gross motor skills each day on our large playground or can play inside our parish hall on inclement weather days.

  • Parent Participation Day
  • Incubating Chicken Eggs and Raising Baby Chicks
  • Raising Monarch Butterflies
  • Tot Music with Miss Monica
  • LI Explorium visits STJLP – Wiggly Worms (in house)
  • Benner's Farm Field Trip – Springtime's Baby Animals
  • Sweetbriar Nature Center visits STJLP– Dinosaur Program (in house)
  • Smithtown Library Field Trip
  • Bike-a-Thon and Bike Safety Skills Day
  • Celebration of Children's Birthdays
  • Thanksgiving Day Feast
  • Christmas Play
  • Moving Up Ceremony
Happy student coloring in 4 Year Old Program

4 Year Old Program

(Children Must Be 4 Years Old by December 1st)
3-Day: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:30-12pm
5-Day: Monday-Friday 1-3:30pm

Our 4 year old programs provide a loving, nurturing environment where children develop the social and academic skills needed as they prepare to transition to kindergarten. Parent – teacher conferences are scheduled in November and May. A comprehensive portfolio including photos, work samples and assessments is presented at the May conference.

GREETING/SIGNING IN:
Children are greeted each day, hang their coats and tote bags in their cubbies and then sign in by writing their names with help as needed. After 15 minutes of free play, the children gather on the meeting rug to sing hello to each other and have their teacher explain the day.

FREE PLAY/PROJECTS:
Children have their choice to play in all areas of our classroom such as the kitchen/dress-up area, building blocks, play dough table, listening center, word cards, etc. Teachers and assistants facilitate cooperative play and conversation. Creative projects are usually completed in small groups and provide opportunities for children to explore with paint, scissors, glue, etc.

ALPHABET/NUMBERS:
Throughout the school year, using worksheets, songs, homework and projects, children are taught to recognize, write and sound out each letter of the alphabet and to recognize and write numbers 1 – 20 and count with one-to-one correspondence. Children are also taught to count by 5's and 10's, and to be challenged to count to 100. Sight words are introduced later in the year. NOTE: 5 Day Program includes creation of several books including a bound ABC book, as well as additional worksheets and projects for numerous science, math and literacy topics. We will also say the Pledge of Allegiance during this time.

CLEAN UP:
Children learn the responsibility of cleaning up their play area each day alongside their classmates.

STORY TIME/CIRCLE TIME:
A lesson is presented consistent with the theme of the day/week. A story is read aloud, songs are sung and dialogue is encouraged to promote language development. We will also say the Pledge of Allegiance during this time.

SNACK & DRINK:
After washing their hands, children locate their names at the tables and prayer is said together. Snack is provided each day.

PLAYGROUND:
Children enjoy time outside on our large playground or can play inside our parish hall on inclement weather days.

  • Incubating Chicken Eggs and Raising Baby Chicks
  • Raising Monarch Butterflies
  • Rocket Ship Program
  • Halloween Parade
  • Creation Book Project with Pastor Neil
  • Tot Music Program with Miss Monica
  • LI Explorium visits STJLP– Constructing a Lighthouse for LI's Rocky Shoreline (in house)
  • Sweetbriar Nature Center Field Trip - Butterfly Vivarium
  • Sweetbriar Nature Center visits STJLP– Dinosaur Program (in house)
  • Smithtown Library Field Trip
  • St. James Firehouse Field Trip
  • Mystery Reader
  • Community Worker Month
  • Bike-a-Thon and Bike Safety Skills Day
  • Celebration of Children's Birthdays
  • Thanksgiving Day Feast
  • Christmas Play
  • Special Person's Day
  • Graduation Ceremony
  • End of Year Picnic
Lunch Bunch at St. James Lutheran Preschool

Lunch Bunch

Offered Monday-Friday for Children Enrolled in 3 & 4 Year Old Programs

Lunch Bunch is an extra 1/2 hour of fun where the children bring their own lunch, eat with their friends, and enjoy listening to "neat" books and/or playing "cool" games together!

It is available at $7 per session or in Pre-Paid Packets of 12 sessions for $70 (pre-paid packet includes 2 free Lunch Bunches).

Morning Session children are escorted from their preschool classroom at 11:55 am to the Lunch Bunch room located on the Old Stage in the Parish Hall. Pick up is here at 12:25 pm by their parent/caregiver.

Afternoon Session children arrive at Lunch Bunch at 12:30 pm and are escorted to their respective classrooms at 1:00 pm by the Lunch Bunch teacher.

Our ONLY RULE for LUNCH BUNCH: Parent MUST call the Preschool Office by 4pm the DAY BEFORE to reserve your child's spot at Lunch Bunch. For appropriate safe staffing of Lunch Bunch, we cannot accommodate Same Day reservations. Thank you for your understanding!

If you have any questions regarding Lunch Bunch, please call the Preschool Office.

*** Reminder that St. James Lutheran Preschool and its Lunch Bunch Program are PEANUT-FREE ***

Kids singing at church

St. James Lutheran Church

Children’s Sunday School, Confirmation & Youth Group

If you have kids ranging in age from preschool through 6th grade, we have the PERFECT Sunday School program for you! Our Sunday School is great! It is staffed by a group of dedicated teachers and assistants! Not only do the kids learn about God through lessons, projects and music, they also get to attend a part of our Sunday morning worship service with their parents, teachers and classmates!

The children begin their Sunday School class in the church, with a special opening just for them. At sermon time, the kids will go down to their classrooms and have their lessons.

Policy of Racial Non-Discrimination

St. James Lutheran Preschool admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school administered programs.