Half Day features small classroom size to help each student reach their full potential. We have an A+ rating with ABC Quality/SC Child Care, Living Springs Preschool (lslcps) is a Christian Preschool accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Childhood). For detailed information on all Living Springs Licensing and Accreditation.
For children just starting preschool Half Day is a great way to transition into the routine and structure of a school day. It’s also good for Moms and Dads making the adjustment. We have an Open Door policy, parents can visit anytime in the school day, and call to check on their children any time. Parents on the waiting list call, or check in with the front office once a month for waiting list status. It is the parents responsibility to check in on new, or changing enrollment.
Thank you for considering Living Springs Preschool for your children’s early education.
Waiting List information can change quickly. For up to date waiting list information, tours, and enrollment please call 803.736.0776.
Half Day 3 & 4
We believe in children learning through play. All classrooms are child-centered and children learn skills through playing in “centers” such as writing/tracing, science, reading, art, home living, sensory play, singing, and writing. The books Creative Curriculum, by Diane Dodge, is used as a reference.
Hours For School at Living Springs Preschool & ASC
- Half day hours are 9 AM to 12 PM. Classes are offered Monday to Friday, or MWF, T Th.
- Full day hours are 7:15 AM to 6:00 PM. Monday to Friday.
Child to teacher ratio is 8 children to 1 teacher. Max in all 3-4 year classrooms is 2 teachers to 16 children.
Preschool ~ 3 Years Old:
Children will learn concepts of early reading, counting, drawing, painting, and early writing through play in activity centers. Teachers will challenge children, but at the same time make sure your child feels successful in all their tasks. Learning through play and fun tasks like helping make pancakes, or pizza. link on 3-4 year old classes cooking.
Preschool ~ 4 Years Old:
In this program children will learn the skills they need for Kindergarten. The children learn letters and numbers by a whole concept of understanding them. Parents will see projects where your child deciphers and investigates. Most of all they will learn through play. There is also learning through basic fun cooking skills. Same link on 3-4 year old classes cooking.
A Day In Half Day Preschool:
- Students wash their hands
- Next traces/signs their names. Parents stay and assist their child with tracing/writing their name. Parents please plan on staying until 9:10 at the start of the school year.
- 9:15 “Morning Meeting”
Welcome & Attendence
Theme discussion of today’s activity
- 9:25 Small Group Time
Table Top Activities
- 10:20 Clean Up Time
- 10:30 Restroom break, hand washing
- 10:40 Snacks/Center Activities
- 11:00 Calendar, weather, story, poem or song, music and movement
Thursday and Friday Show & Tell
Reviews, Games, Handwriting Skills
- 11:25 Outside Play (Weather Permitting)
- 12:00 Departure
- Chapel Once a week the children attend with lots of singing. The children learn about God’s grace and love. Parents get a handout each week about the Bible verse they talked about in Chapel.
Parents also get a weekly syllabubs the week before over the topic their children are learning in school. Week topics cover a broad range of topics from outer space to gardening. Parents receive several work sheets at the end of each week with what the children are working on in class, such as tracing letters and numbers, colors and Spanish.
There are several Field Trips a year. Parents are welcome to attend. Permission slips must be returned and signed for your child to attend. If there are any fees, or cost that will be on the permission slip form as well.
Lead Teacher Half Day Preschool
Lead Teacher for Half Day Preschool, Ixis Vasquez has 8 years childcare experience, and has been at lslcps for five years. Like all our teachers at Living Springs Preschool & ASC she is CPR and First Aid Certified. Mrs. Ixis grew up in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and started learning English in Kindergarten.
What Mrs. Ixis Wants You To Know
The learning process is very important, and should not be boring. I have built a curriclum based on hands on experience, creative activities, and learning through play.
Director of Living Springs Preschool & ASC
Tammy Macuso has 20 years of childcare experience, and has been at lslcps for 10 years. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Hartnell College in California. Tammy overseas all accreditation, and ratings. She has an open door policy, and is happy to answer any parent’s questions. For me personally she has answered many questions on how to raise a toddler, and now preschooler. Tammy is also CPR and First Aid Certified.
We provide Milk and snacks for all children at snack time.
Common snacks we have are fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, cheese, bread/crackers.
- water bottle please label
- changes of clothes
- sweater or jacket for outside time (weather appropriate)
- Family pictures for your child’s classroom, and your child’s picture.
- One 3″ 3 Ring Binder
- 1 Composition Note Book Wide Ruled
- 1 Plastic Pencil Case, 1 Box of Crayons
- 1 Box of Crayons
- 1 Box of Markers
- Water Bottle
- Complete Change of Clothes
- Please Label all items
Sun Block, Medications:
We ask parents to apply sunscreen on their child in the morning, and your child’s teacher will reapply sunscreen as needed throughout the day. Anything we apply to your child’s skin, or medications need a doctor’s authorization. Any types of medication, Benadryl, EpiPen, sunscreen/sun block (we require SPF 30 or more). All require a doctor’s authorization, and form signed by the parent. Pediatricians offices fill these forms out often. One will be given to you from lslcps staff for your convenience.
For many parents choosing our school, the Spiritual part maybe the most important part, or a small part of your child’s care and education. As a Lutheran school there is a certain element of Spirituality we look for in each and every staff member and teacher. Once a month, the entire staff has a prayer lunch together. The staff say prayers with the children before each meal, every day. Once a week, the staff also attends Chapel with the children. Once a year, we honor and celebrate all our staff with a Sunday Installation Service at Living Springs Lutheran Church. This past year, the preschool children sang during the service and each staff member was presented with a dinner for their families.
One of the lslcps goals is to support positive family life and work in partnership with parents to facilitate the growth and development of their children. Parents are valued, respected, and encouraged to participate in all aspect of the program. lslcps we encourage our parents to visit any time, we have an open door policy and encourages all parents to talk to their teacher or our Director with any questions, concerns or ideas. Other ways to connect @lslcps
For many parents this is a special transitional time in your childs life and your family. Preschooler’s go from being big toddlers, to big kids ready for Kindergarten in a very short time. Living Springs Preschool & ASC wants to make this a great journey for your child and family. Thank you for considering Living Springs Preschool & ASC for your child’s education and care.
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More Information Parents May Want to know about lslcps Teachers & Staff
We require each staff member to be CPR and First Aid Certified. South Carolina State Law only requires a few staff members to have this training. We believe that the health and well-being of each child comes first, which is reflected in our more stringent requirements.
Child Care Experience
Each staff member or teacher must have 6 Months or more experience in a licensed facility before they can work at LSPASC
Number of Years at Living Springs Preschool & ASC
We opened our doors 12 years ago, and our staff members’ tenure ranges between a few months to as many as 11 years.
We encourage education at lslcps. If you look at our Bio Wall you will see many of our staff working on Associates Degrees, Bachelors, and even Masters Degrees. We require every member of our staff to have a high school diploma. South Carolina Law requires 15 hours continuing education for teachers and 20 hours for Administration each year. lslcps requires teachers and administrators each to have an additional 5 hours of continuing education (for a total of 20 and 25 hours, respectively).
Put simply, we only hire staff and teachers who want to educate children and help encourage positive behavior. Since we also strongly encourage our teachers to pursue their educational dreams, some of our teachers move on to other opportunities in our community. In a few years you may see your child’s lslcps Teacher at your child’s grade school as a teaching assistant or Counselor. In addition, we also conduct background checks on every teacher and staff member before they can be hired at lslcps. This includes finger prints used to check all federal and state records.
Special thanks to all our Preschool teachers and staff for sharing all their classroom information with us here at lslcps.org.
Today is April 7, 2016, we currently have a waiting list with limited openings on June 6, 2016 in our 3 and 4 year old half day preschool program. This information can change quickly. For up to date information on enrollment, tours, and waiting list information 803.736.0776.
Look for more articles on lslcps classrooms in the next few week here at lslcps.org.
Information on church staff and Living Springs Lutheran Church. livingspringscolumbia.org
Written and posted by: Sheila Kowalski