What is the early childhood program at LSA like?

  • Certified, experienced teachers know, love, and inspire each child to do their best.
  • Your student is important—our youngest learners participate in the life of the school by joining us in weekly worship and doing activities with their “buddies” in grade school.
  • Kids learn how they fit into God’s big world through a fully integrated Christian curriculum.

Learning to fit into God’s big world

At LSA, students in our early childhood program are an integral part of our learning community.
This isn’t just day care—it’s important learning and foundational experiences.

preschoolers sitting at round tables

Learning that’s exciting

The preschool class learns through play-based exploration, activity centers, Bible stories, and recess. They also go on field trips to an apple orchard, pumpkin patch, the zoo, and Camp Roger.

small child on playground equipment

Ready for kindergarten

Are you looking for an option with a bit more structure? Our pre-kindergarten classroom will prepare students for kindergarten with early literacy and math skills. 

children outside sitting on milk crates

Part of the community

When your child joins one of our early childhood classes, they are joining a school community. Learn more about LSA and how students grow.

Early Childhood Schedule options


3-4 year-olds will explore God’s world through play. The focus of this program is social-emotional learning. Students will also be introduced to the basics of letters and numbers
Tues/Thurs Mornings

8:05 am – 11:05 am

Tuesday and Thursday

$2,225  per school year

Tues/Thurs All Day

8:05 am – 3:05 pm

Tuesday and Thursday

$4,005 per school year

Pre-Kindergarten A

This class is for for children ages 4 (by September 1) and 5. Children will be ready for kindergarten through lots of hands on learning.  
M/W/F Mornings

8:05 am – 11:05 am

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

$3,115 per school year

M/W/F All Day

8:05 am – 3:05 pm

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

$5,785 per school year

Pre-Kindergarten B

Also for students ages 4 (by September 1) and 5, this class meets every day. Children will be ready for kindergarten through lots of hands on learning.
M - F Mornings

8:05 am – 11:05 am

Monday through Friday

$4,895 per school year

M - F All Day

8:05 am – 3:05 pm

Monday through Friday

$8,900 per school year

Meet the Early Childhood Staff

Early Childhood Director and Teacher

Lorna Vander Sluis

Lorna has been shaping young hearts and minds since 1985, including in Japan and China. She prays that every child that comes to her classroom will experience the love of God through her words and actions. “Every person who comes into my room is an image bearer of God and is worthy of God’s great love.”


Preschool Teacher

Simran Mall

Simran graduated from Calvin University with a degree in Elementary Education. Born and raised in Pakistan, Simran has a sincere faith and a strong desire to work in a Christ-centered school that is committed to welcoming students from all backgrounds.  She has much to offer our students and community. 


Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Kim Knoester

Kim was drawn to Living Stones Academy because of our commitment to breaking down barriers for children and families. Ms. Knoester is a skilled teacher, trusted colleague, and has a passion for LSA’s mission.


Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Juddy Cho

Juddy has a gift for being welcoming and calm. Her past experiences, including those that have brought her close to those living in poverty, have fueled her passion for improving the educational outcomes for all children.


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