It’s important to nourish that first spark of discovery in order to cultivate a lifelong love of learning. We love when our students ask the ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what’ questions of our world. At Kelowna Christian Preschool, we seek to teach each child at their level, to meet them where they are at and to encourage them to step out of their comfort zone. We work together with families to help each child grow academically, socially and spiritually. It truly takes a village to raise a child and we feel privileged to join you on the journey.
This fall (September 2021), Kelowna Christian School is excited to offer a Junior Kindergarten program. This new program falls under the guidance of our preschool and is led by our current preschool teachers. The Junior Kindergarten program is specifically designed for four year olds. Like our current Preschool 4 program, Junior Kindergarten will feature a variety of play-based intentional activities as well as play that enhances gross and fine motor movement and control. Junior Kindergarten will continue to provide your child with a loving and nurturing Christian environment that fosters exploration, risk-taking in learning, socialization skills, and beginning literacy and numeracy skills.
The Junior Kindergarten program will be set apart from our current Preschool 4 program in ways that are more focused on numeracy and literacy learning along with an intentional integration into our “big school”. The Junior Kindergarten program seeks to incorporate music literacy with our elementary school music specialist teacher, focused library and literacy time with our elementary school librarian and Bible instruction that will follow our elementary school Bible program.
Junior Kindergarten will provide a more hands on learning experience in an updated outdoor nature space as well as provide more opportunities to engage in larger learning projects that can’t normally be completed in a day. Connecting the Junior Kindergarten students with our older students will form the framework of our new buddy program; a program that includes cross-curricular and cross-grade activities; these activities include gym time, chapel and worship time, as well as taking part in the elementary school’s Christmas music and drama productions.
Our Preschool program features a variety of play-based intentional activities for children who are 3 to 5 years of age. Activities include: arts and crafts, dramatic movement, music, play to enhance gross and fine motor movement and control, weekly themes, school library visits, and field trips. We enjoy playing with language and exploring letter sounds, not only in the large group but in smaller groups with teacher-led activities. Pattern, rhyming, and early math concepts are all introduced with a fun play-to-learn approach by caring teachers always encouraging children to join the fun.
A fun element we began in 2016 is our outdoor Nature Play Space. This offers students an opportunity to explore nature and have the wonderful experience of 'hands-on play' with natural materials while developing self-awareness and social, problem-solving, gross and fine motor skills. The Nature Play Space also allows children to enhance their imaginations and greatly benefits their self-regulation and emotional development. We love connecting our students to the wonder of God and building a lifelong appreciate for His creation through our Nature Play activities.
Our Preschool program is designed to provide your child with a loving and nurturing Christian environment that fosters exploration, risk-taking in learning, socialization skills, and beginning literacy and numeracy skills. The children are introduced to life with God through prayer, stories, and songs.
Home visits take place at the start of the year. This allows our staff to better understand the families we are serving and their unique circumstances, as well as build a strong connection between the teacher and child before school begins - putting the child at ease on their first day of school.
These Preschool years are the time where friendships blossom for the first time. We work on emotional and social regulation through cooperative play, empathy and turn-taking. We seek to build community, not only with our peer group but also with "Big Buddies" at the KCS Elementary School. When you enter into our KCS program, you become part of our greater community. Preschool children are visited throughout the year by our Grade 4 & 5 elementary students, helping them to build a connection to the rest of our school community.
Attending library and gym times and visiting areas in our city also work to expand our worldview. The Preschool classes go to the KCS Elementary School library on a weekly basis and receive instruction from our librarian. They also receive instruction from our Elementary Music & Arts Director, who works with the rest of the KCS elementary students. Besides elevating the level of instruction our Preschoolers receive, it also helps them understand that they are part of our greater school community and foster excitement of "joining the big kids".
Welcome to the KCS Preschool room!
Students get to play, learn and explore in this bright, well-equipped classroom. Our students also run and play in an outdoor space for fun activities outside, rain or shine.
Kelowna Christian Preschool operates under the KCS Elementary School led by Brad Martens, Elementary Principal, and two full-time Preschool teachers.
Lori joined our team in 2010. She has been teaching Preschool at various schools and churches since 1994, after receiving her ECE diploma from Columbia Bible College. Lori has been married to Steve for over 20 years and they have three children, Talon, Neve, and Leeds. Together they love to travel and experience new adventures together.
Lori has called Kelowna home for the past 24 years, raising her three children here with her husband Mike. Lori home schooled their children for 11 years, aligning her passion for learning and creativity before they transitioned to KCS and all graduated from our school. Lori then went back to school and completed an Interior Design Certificate and subsequently worked at a local furniture store, Treehouse Interiors. After 10 wonderful years there Lori decided to pursue her passion for teaching and working with students. Lori went back to school again to qualify as a Certified Education Assistant and Early Childhood Educator Assistant.
Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are accepted following our Preschool & Kindergarten Information Night on January 18th. Enrolment is open until classes hit capacity, apply early to reserve your spot!
Please contact Cyndy Loewen in the Admissions Office with any questions
1. Current KCS Families (those with students in Kindergarten-Grade 12 planning to continue enrollment next year) will be given priority as long as they have submitted a completed Preschool Application Package prior to the Early Bird Deadline. Applications received from KCS families after this deadline will be dated and assessed with other Preschool applications.
2. New Families - Class placement for Early Bird applications will be based on the following criteria:
A) attendance at KCS Preschool & Kindergarten Information Night.
B) a completed Preschool Application has been submitted by 4:00 pm the following day.
3. All Families - To ensure that KCS is able to appropriately meet the needs of all students in every class, student composition for each class will be taken into consideration. If there are more applicants than seats available, a student draw may be used.
Tuesday & Thursday Mornings:
8:45 am - 11:15am
Tuition: $1,700 ($170/month)
Monday, Wednesday & Friday Mornings:
8:30 am - 11:15 am
Tuition: $2,550 ($255/month)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Afternoons:
12:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Tuition: $3,400 ($340/month)
Monthly subsidies may be available depending on a family’s circumstances. It is determined by the Ministry of Child and Family Development. Families can find information and application forms on their website at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/