Our preschool is located in a wing of the church designed specifically for young children. Classroom spaces are well-lit and were designed with kids and families in mind, as evidenced by child-sized bathroom and sinks, easy-to-clean-surfaces, and an enclosed playground. We emphasize the hands-on approach for all of our learning experiences.  We support a developmentally appropriate program which allows children to grow and develop at their own rate.

Learning, growing, and sharing in God’s love is at the heart of St. Mark’s Preschool philosophy. We believe that early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploring, and discovery.  Preschool children are creative and receptive; the staff strives to nurture and encourage these qualities in the children who attend.

We use the Second Step Early Learning curriculum and plenty of free play time to teach social skills to all age groups. We use the Zoophonics curriculum to teach letter sounds beginning in the 3/4s class. Kids typically get a daily dose of literature, singing songs and engaging in gross motor play. We love to provide opportunities for the following as well: art activities and crafts; games and fine-motor activities; exposure to colors, shapes, and numbers; science and nature activities; field trips throughout the community; baking; chapel and celebration of birthdays, holidays, and cultural events.

Many of our family events occur in the evenings so as to involve as many members as possible. We typically have an Ice Cream Social in September, Fall Harvest Festival in November, a Cookie Exchange & Singing in December, & a Spring Sing in March. We also have early afternoon “parties” for Valentine’s Day in February and Mother’s Day in May.

St. Mark’s is currently offering several extra-curricular classes, which take place after the school day finishes. Parents can pay for these classes separately through the individual/organization putting on the class. Our current schedule is:

1) Soccer – Mondays 11:20-11:50 (ages 3-4) and 1:00-1:30 (PreK)
2) Spanish – Wednesdays 1:00-1:45
3) Kindermusik – Thursdays 1:00-1:30

4) Ballet – Fridays 11-11:55 (PreK) and 12-12:25 (ages 2-4)

We look forward to meeting new families from our Tacoma community every year. We’ve been fortunate to also welcome families from Bonney Lake, Lakewood, Midland, University Place, and Gig Harbor as well. We hope you will give us a call or come by to tour our classrooms sometime soon!

Please contact us with any questions you may have. Email: preschool@smlutheran.org    Phone: (253)752-4929

For anyone desiring to help support St. Mark’s Preschool, please see our Wishes and Wants List. 

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