Trinity Christian Nursery School

"Let the little children come to me and forbid them not." said Jesus, "of such shall my kingdom be."

Since 1968, Trinity Christian Nursery School has offered a 3 and a 4-year-old preschool program. In the fall of 2010 we were happy to begin a 2-year-old preschool program.   All of our programs here at Trinity Christian Nursery School center around basic Christian concepts and giving your child the tools to succeed in school.

  • Trinity Christian Nursery School reserves the right to cancel any class at any time due to insufficient enrollment
  • *Trinity Christian Preschool is licensed by the State of Illinois, Department of Children and Family Services. The room and facilities are inspected annually by the local fire inspector and board of health.
  • *The Staff is Illinois State Board Certified
  • *Trinity Christian Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin or creed.

THE PURPOSE is to aid parents in early childhood education that provides positive Christian learning and social experiences. Trinity Christian Preschool's curriculum centers around basic Christian concepts. First, God created the world. This is taught by exploration of nature and the realization that nature is a gift of God. Secondly, Jesus is our Savior. This is taught by learning about the life and death of Jesus and other familiar Bible stories.

WHAT DO CHILDREN LEARN IN PRESHOOL?

Young children learn wherever they are, but if their learning is to benefit them to the utmost, they need space, equipment and materials to test their growing powers. Also, they need warm acceptance and understanding of their abilities. They can find these in a good preschool. In our school they learn the security of a regular routine, and to respect and follow this routine.

Within this routine they have freedom; the freedom to be themselves, to dramatize, to build, to concentrate, to joke, to mimic, to create, to love and to pray.

Language, and listening skills are developed through the use of books, music, songs, games and finger plays. Students begin to know themselves better as children of God who can listen, respect, build, create, love and bring joy to their home from their own private experience.

Students learn about and build a concept of God, the loving Father, and the love and forgiveness shown us through Christ; thereby reflecting his love to others. They learn some of God's words, respect for the Bible and have weekly visits to Chapel.

Every increment of growth contributes to the child's readiness for the next step forward. Children who have had rich and satisfying experiences in preschool, go on to Kindergarten liking school and looking forward to new situations.

History of Trinity Christian Nursery School     In 1967, several parents of the congregation expressed the desire for a Christian Nursery School. A committee under the direction of Mr. Charles Dull, then Director of Christian Education, was formed to study the feasibility of such a school. Trinity Lutheran Church agreed to sponsor the program, acting on the recommendation of the committee, and in September of 1968, Trinity Christian Nursery School was opened. The staff includes: the director/teacher, additional teachers, and a program assistant, per enrollment. All teachers and assistants meet educational requirements for early childhood and are experienced in this field. The State of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services license this school. The local fire inspector and Board of Health inspect the rooms and facilities annually.

 Church-School Relationship     Trinity Christian Nursery School is a non-profit self-supporting organization sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church, through the authority of the Board of Education. The Board of Christian Education approves a Board of Directors to govern the Nursery School. The Board of Directors of Trinity Christian Nursery School shall be active members of Trinity Lutheran Church and at least one member should have a child enrolled at TCNS. All Board members are volunteers and receive no compensation for their services. A listing of the current Board Members is attached to the back of this handbook.

Purpose     The purpose of this preschool is to aid parents in early child training and to provide the child with certain learning experiences that supplement the ones learned in the home. Our curriculum focuses on Kindergarten readiness, social emotional development and Christian Education. A Christian home has the first responsibility and gives the child his/her first Christian instruction and training. The church preschool can also support and strengthen the parents in their responsibilities and efforts in bringing the child up in discipline and instruction in the Lord.

Religious Education     The religious education offered by Trinity Christian Nursery School is based on a broad Christian understanding that is applicable to any Christian congregation including Lutherans, Orthodox, Roman Catholics and mainline Protestant congregations. This instruction centers on basic concepts as contained in the Apostle's Creed. First, God created the world. This is taught by exploration of nature and the realization that nature is a gift of God. Second, Jesus is the Savior. This is taught by learning about the life and death of Jesus and other familiar Bible stories. Third, the Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies us through the power of God's Word. This is accomplished by regular chapel worship, spiritual songs and Bible stories

WHAT DO CHILDREN LEARN IN PRESCHOOL?      Young children learn wherever they are. But if their learning is to benefit them to the utmost, they need space, equipment and materials to test their growing powers. Children also need acceptance and understanding of their abilities. These can be found in a good preschool. In our school they will learn the security of a general daily routine and to respect and follow this routine. Within this routine they have freedom. The freedom to be themselves, to dramatize, to build, to concentrate, to joke, to mimic, to create, to love, to pray, to laugh, to feel a joy in living. They learn to develop the ability to approach others, build friendships, work out conflicts and socialize in its many aspects. Language and listening skills are developed through the use of books, music, songs and finger plays. They begin to know themselves better as children of God who can listen, respect, build, create, love and bring joy to their home from their own private experience. They learn about and build a concept of God, the loving Father, and the love and forgiveness shown us through Christ: thereby reflecting his love to others. They learn some of God’s words, and respect for the Bible

HOW WILL PRESCHOOL PREPARE MY CHILD FOR KINDERGARTEN?      Children who have had rich and satisfying experiences in preschool go on to kindergarten liking school and looking forward to the new situation. At Trinity we have a program for two-yearolds (Early Learners), three-year-olds (preschool), and for four-year-olds (Pre-kindergarten). Students have a chance to attend all our programs through the years, while some join us for the first time in our Pre-K class. In our Early Learner and Preschool programs, our main focus is on socialization and allowing generous time for free play and interaction. Guided activities will include large-motor activities, small-motor activities, daily worship, songs, finger plays and exposure to shapes, colors, letters, and numbers. In our Pre-kindergarten program, we focus on Kindergarten readiness. Some free play time will be included and the children will build on the skills learned the previous year to emphasize self-help skills (coats, boots, backpack, snacks, toilet, etc.), writing one’s name and recognition of shapes, colors letters and numbers (1-20).

HOW DOES THE PRESCHOOL BENEFIT THE FAMILY?      The teacher contributes her specialized training and her wide experience with many children. The parents contribute their intimate knowledge of their own child and their background. The parent, taking the child to and from preschool, sees the school practices and carries some of them over into the child’s life. Listening to parents’ anecdotes of the child, the ways “that work” with the child at home and those that do not, the teacher gains additional insight. Home and school will work together to establish an effective education for each young child.