22818 SE 8th Street, Sammamish, Wa. 98074.   (425) 698-5777

Where Kids Love to Learn and Learn to Love

About Us

WE ARE HIRING

Title:  Preschool Teacher, Lead (Solo) Teacher, Mommy and Me Class

TO APPLY:  Please email a cover letter and resume to Kristine Meyer at
kristine@shlc.org  or fax it to 425-392-7897. 

Sammamish Hills Lutheran Preschool, a non-profit preschool located on the Sammamish Plateau, is seeking a lead (solo) teacher for our Mommy and Me class (18 months-30 months/ 6 moms and their little ones)  to begin in late August. 

We are excited about this new class for our preschool!  The lead teacher will be a part of the development and implementation of the class.  Sammamish Hills Lutheran Preschool is well established with a commitment to excellent teachers, small class sizes, developmentally appropriate curriculum and teaching about the love of Jesus.

This is a part time position.  Hours are Wednesdays from 9:00-11:30.  Class runs from 9:30-11:00.

Job Summary
Provide a loving and nurturing environment that is safe, comfortable and healthy in order to enhance children’s growth and development that is age appropriate.

Qualifications and Experience
Minimum Qualifications:
-Experience working with children between the ages of 2 ½ and 5 and/or training/education in Early Childhood Education
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Pass WSP Background Check
-Current STARS 20 hour basic training or working towards it
-Must be 18 years of age
-Committed to continued professional growth through attendance in STARS course work, conferences, etc.

 **Applicants must be a part of a Christian Church**

Major Responsibilities
The teacher provides a model for working with young children and encourages the growth of each child. The teacher will: 
-Plan curriculum and establish an intentional environment designed to engage young    children.
-Plan a variety of hands-on experiences based on children's needs and interests.
-Support the Christian environment of Sammamish Hills Lutheran Preschool.
-Develop positive relationships with the children and their families.
-Make suggestions to parents to increase their skills with the children.
-Participate in organizational meetings including monthly staff meetings.
-Attend workshops and classes to keep abreast of current research and practices in Early Childhood Education.
-Work with the director and fellow teachers to support all of the preschool’s programs and policies.
-Attend preschool “social” events such as: Back to School BBQ, Pumpkin Carving Night, Christmas Program, Spring Celebration etc. 
-Set-up and clean-up of preschool space, heavy lifting required.

Conditions for Employment
Pass background check by the Washington State Patrol. Maintain current CPR/First Aid training and STARS certification.

Compensation

$12-18/hour will be determined depending on experience.  Paid months are from the end of August to late May.  There are no benefits offered with this part time position. Paid continuing education is included plus additional paid monthly preparation and meeting time time. 

TO APPLY:  Please email a cover letter and resume to Kristine Meyer at kristine@shlc.org  or fax it to 425-392-7897.  No phone calls about this posting please.

We are accepting resumes until the position is filled.  After receiving resumes, selected applicants will receive formal applications.  Interviews will follow.


Contact information:
Director- Kristine Meyer
Phone- 425-698-5777
Email-

Kristine@shlc.org  

 

2014-2015 Registration
See Registration page for more information.

Sammamish Hills Lutheran Preschool offers an age-appropriate theme based curriculum. The preschool day involves a wide range of activities including circle and story time, songs and music, center time activities, sensory activities, crafts, gross and fine motor development, active play time and chapel. 

We offer an early childhood experience that focuses on the social, emotional, spiritual, academic and physical development of each child, designed to encourage a deep love for learning and build confidence for the years ahead.

  

Summer Literacy Activities

Hands-on activities are fantastic for your preschool child.  While kids learn when they can see or hear, they learn even better when they can touch, too! Get your child’s fingers walking the alphabet, with this easy project. All you need is glue, and a few other simple supplies.

BUMPY ALPHABET:

Glue a Bumpy Alphabet! Activity

What You Need:

  • White glue
  • Popsicle sticks or an old pencil
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Markers
  • 26 large index cards
  • Paper plates

What You Do:

  1. Using thin markers, write one letter of the alphabet on each index card. Include your child in this process. Younger children can name the letters. Older preschoolers can share in the writing itself.
  2. Squeeze some white glue onto a paper plate. If you’d like, add a drop or two of food coloring to the glue for a nice color effect. (Not required if you used colorful markers to create the alphabet on the index cards.)
  3. It’s time for glue writing! Have your child dip a popsicle stick into the glue mixture and draw each letter, following the pattern of the pre-drawn template on each index card. Be sure to focus on just one letter at a time. After your child traces the written letter in glue, set that card aside to dry.
  4. Cards all dry? It’s time to play with the bumpy bet! (For alphabet.) Have your child touch and feel the letters they created and trace their finger over the way each letter is formed. How well did the glue letters match the written ones? Which letters need another go-around? Feeling the handwriting strokes with her fingertips as she looks at the letter template will help your child make important connections.

Keep the cards for later play. For example, you can string several cards together to make words. Or you can add pictures of words that begin with each specific letter. Let your child be your guide, and keep those art supplies handy!


ALAPHABET BLOCKS:
Make Alphabet Blocks Activity


This a great way to increase your child's vocabulary and learn beginning sounds all in one activity. Create your own set of alphabet blocks— you can make just a few or all 26! Select pictures that begin with a particular letter or choose a theme for your custom set of blocks.

What You Need:

  • 3" x 2" x 3" boxes (any quantity)
  • Clip art or pictures from magazines
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Cut pictures from magazines or cut out clip art pictures. Each box can display one letter and four pictures or two letters and 3 pictures. (If you use old magazines for pictures, complete this step of the activity with your child asking him or her to help identify pictures that begin with the letter(s) you are working with)
  2. You can either type the corresponding beginning letter for the pictures on your computer and print and cut them, or simply write the letters directly onto the boxes.
  3. Glue the pictures onto each box. Glue the beginning letter(s) on either side or just the top of the box.

You now have a set of alphabet blocks that your child can enjoy reviewing—and stacking!—time and again. This combines letter and sound recognition with kinesthetic learning, as your child moves and plays while she learns!

ILLUSTRATE YOUR OWN BOOK:

Illustrate a Famous Book! Activity


In the best picture books, the illustrations bring as much meaning to the story as the words themselves. But what if your child couldn’t see the pictures? In this activity, she’ll listen to a story without looking at it, and create her own images. Not only will she get a kick out of becoming the “new illustrator” of a famous book like Where the Wild Things Are, or The Little Engine That Could, but she’ll get some major reading comprehension help along the way.

What You Need:

  • Picture book
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Crayons or markers.
  • Stapler, string, or brass clips

What You Do:

  1. Pull out an unfamiliar book and sit down somewhere comfortable with your child. Without opening the book, look at the cover.  Ask your child what the picture makes him think of.  What’s happening in it? Looking only at the picture, ask him to predict what he thinks the story will be about.
  2. Now tell your child you’re going to read him a story, but just this one time, he won’t be able to look at the pictures. Instead, ask him to use his imagination, and come up with images in his mind while you read. 
  3. During the reading, stop periodically and ask questions.  For example, “Why did Sally go outside when her mother said not to?”  Try to incorporate questions that require kids to make predictions as to what will happen next. 
  4. Once you’ve finished the book, tell you child he’s going to illustrate it! Now’s the time for discussion.  While adults can often remember what happened in a story long after they’ve finished reading it, this is a skill that young kids need help developing. Give your child some prompts. Ask what happened first and then let him draw it. Ask what happened next, let him draw it, and so on. As he finishes each picture, help him by writing some text below his illustration, using the words your child used when he retold it to you.  

Bind the story and make a cover. If he likes, you and your child compare his version to the original and see what’s different. Don’t forget to take your new illustrator’s creation over to grandma’s house for some well deserved bragging! He's earned it.

 

WHAT'S IN THE BAG:

The cat’s out of the bag! Or is it the book? Or the shoe? You'll have to play this guessing game to find out!

One of the key things kids learn in preschool is how to categorize and sort a set of objects—figuring out what makes them the same and what makes them different. Comparing things to one another is one of the baby steps towards critical thinking and problem solving.

There are lots of things you can do at home that will help foster these same analyzing skills. But one of the most fun requires nothing more than a set of objects from around your house, and a simple pillowcase or brown paper grocery bag.

What You Need:

  • A paper bag
  • An assortment of familiar household items: silverware, keys, pens, etc.

What You Do:

  1. Secretly place an everyday item in a paper bag and then give different clues to your child, who will then try to guess the item. Too often we don’t give kids enough thinking time when we ask them for an answer. So be sure to allow them a minute or two between each clue for reflection.
  2. Let’s say you choose to hide your favorite cooking spoon. You might say “It is made out of wood……. I keep it in the kitchen…… I use it to stir the lemonade…….Do you have a guess?” If your child gives an incorrect answer, then repeat the clues, leaving time for thinking between each statement, and then add more clues until the correct answer has been reached.
  3. Once your child has guessed correctly, give him the bag and let him look inside. He’ll get a big kick out of seeing the object in person.

At first, kids may have trouble guessing what’s in the bag. Start them off with a set of very common objects and later, begin adding more unique items. You can do this activity indoors or out. What will seem to your child like nothing more than a fun game is actually a lot more. Because in between all that play, your kid is building problem solving skills that will serve her well in kindergarten…and beyond.

 

 

 





 

 




We are a peanut and tree nut free school.

 


Academic:  Theme based curriculum allows the teachers to select a topic to study and build a variety of activities around that topic.  In this manner of teaching, children learn naturally. Teachers also use learning centers to promote listening, speaking, reading, writing, math and small motor development.  These centers include; math, art, dramatic play and sensory areas.  Table manipulative's such as puzzles, sorting and matching are used in the math area.  In the art area, children will use many different materials to reinforce and expand on what they are learning in class.  At the sensory table water, sand sifters, rice, bubbles and other tools are used for skill development.  

Chapel: As a Christian preschool we focus on teaching about God's unconditional love for us and the world He created.  Each week students enjoy chapel time.  Students learn a Bible story, sing Bible songs and learn how the Bible stories relate to their lives.

Music and Movement: During this class students are exposed to various musical instruments and forms of music.  Students will use their bodies for creative movement and use sign language while singing.  Music and Movement encourages individual expression and the appreciation for the beauty of Gods world around us.

Play: Play is a foundation for early childhood development.  Children's language, literacy, math, reasoning, cognitive and social development, fine and gross motor control and emotional and faith foundations are developed with a play based program.  Through play children in our program have to negotiate with their peers, problem solve, make decisions and use purposeful language as they play. Children who are playing in our program are engaged, learning by making sense of their world and concretely using their senses to explore.

Social: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another, and build each other up". Teachers use encouragement, the ability to build on strengths, to notice what is right, and to build a sense of belonging and significance to foster social development.

Lunch Bunch (LB): Students in the 3's, 4's and Pre-k class are given the opportunity to extend their day and stay for Lunch Bunch.  Students eat lunch together with teachers.  They also have more time for centers and outside playtime.  Students can stay for Lunch Bunch daily, one time a week, or on a drop in basis.

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