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"Thank you for wonderfully cultivating an environment where so many seeds could be planted. We have been so blessed by First Lutheran Preschool. Our older kids have attended many other schools and none compare. The love and support have laid a wonderful foundation for the years ahead!"
"Thank you for an amazing year at First Lutheran Preschool. The program, teachers and pastors are so special and filled with everything that children need: learning, love, kindness, and play."
designed to support joyful learning
Our outdoor classroom is certified by Nature Explore and includes an outdoor play kitchen, climbing logs, a digging circle, compost tumbler, art easel, forsythia bushes to build forts and hide-outs, and numerous trees. We believe that uninterrupted time in nature is necessary to create hearts and minds that support the sustainability of our planet. First Lutheran Preschool's nature-based environment provides inspiration for early childhood professionals as well. Read our featured article in Living Lutheran magazine! www.livinglutheran.org/2023/09/nature-and-nurture/ The preschool is featured in the book, Dig In!: Outdoor STEM Learning With Young Children. It is also highlighted in articles about STEAM in May 2020 and Block Play in March 2015 in NAEYC's journal, Young Children. Director Jenny James, MA, co-authored the book and articles with Lea Ann Christenson, PhD.