Concordia Classical Academy

2101 Lor Ray Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003 • 507.388.4336

Preschool - Mankato, MN 56003



Michele Struck, Early Learning Center Director
Concordia University, St. Paul graduate with a Lutheran Teacher Diploma and a State of Minnesota teaching license.

Dana Hartmann, Preschool Academy Teacher
Concordia University, St. Paul graduate

Our Early Learning Center

is a Christian, Creative, Caring environment welcoming children ages 33 months and older.

Students learn social skills, are prepared for kindergarten, and learn about Jesus and the Christian faith in a fun and age appropriate way. The school exists to help parents raise children (Eph. 6:4), mature in body, mind, and spirit who are fully equipped for good works in this life (2 Tim. 3:16-17) and to foster faith enduring to eternal life by sharing God’s word in a Christ-centered environment.

Families can decide how many days per week they would like their children to participate in the Early Learning Center. Tuition rates for 8-11 am preschool are as follows:
One day/week $64/month
Two days/week $104/month
Three days/week $156/month
Four days/week $208/month
We are happy to provide your child(ren) with extended care hours before and after 8:00-11:00 am at a rate of $3.50/hour.


We are happy to answer any questions you may have or schedule a tour of our campus. You may contact us at 507.388.4336.

If you are ready to enroll your child, please complete an Application.

Tuition payments are accepted through Thrivent's Simply Giving® Tuition Payment Program automatic electronic funds transfer system. The Simply Giving Form (PDF) must be completed prior to your child(ren) attending school. Due to the comprehensive nature of our Early Learning Center, no refunds can be made for student absences.

Early Learning Center Schedule

6:00 - 8:00 am morning extended hours

Morning preschool academy hours
8:00-8:15 Check-In/Choice Time
8:15-8:30 Morning Meeting
8:30-8:55 Letters and Numbers/Art
8:55-9:15 Bible Time and Songs
9:15-9:35 Snack and Story
9:35-9:40 Quiet Reading
9:40-9:45 Journal Writing
9:45-10:30 Learning Centers/Art Choices
10:30-10:55 Gym and Outside
11:00 Dismissal for those only attending preschool academy from 8-11 am.

11:00 am - 6:00 pm afternoon extended hours

The Classroom

Our Sensory Table is used to explore various textured materials perfect for sifting, sorting, organizing, digging, and squishing by utilizing sand, rice, water, snow, bubbles, shaving cream, etc.

Our Art Center is set up with an easel for painting masterpieces and numerous other art supplies to cultivate the creative process of each child.

Our Science Center is full of materials used to explore our world. In this center the students will learn about animals, magnets, bugs, plants, weather, seasons, and more through fun and safe experiments.

Our Creation Area has open floor space to create endless models of interest. There are blocks of all shapes and sizes to use for construction projects. Also included in this area are: cars, trucks, people and animal figures.

Our Music Center includes several different musical instruments for students to use to create their own rhythms, form a band, and compose their own songs. Early exposure to music can help stimulate the development of the brain and it encourages self-expression in a fun and exciting way.

Our Reading, Writing and Listening Center is a place used for literacy play. There is an assortment of age-appropriate books to develop early reading skill and interest. In this quiet corner, students are able to “check-out” books and relax on beanbags, listen to audio books, and play phonics and literacy games to develop their vocabulary, reading, and writing skills.

Our Fitness/Movement Center is in addition to the gym/outdoor activities planned for each day. This center includes: jump ropes, stilts, balancing boards, taped pathways, beanbags, hopscotch mat, etc. to develop large motor skills, coordination, strength, and flexibility.

Our Dramatic Play Area includes dress up clothes, props, dolls, action figures, puppets, a play kitchen, a tool shed, and a two-story castle play area. Students can use fantasy directed play to explore feelings and create social situations. Through role-playing, they will engage in shared social problem solving and can learn about the emotions and responsibilities of others.

The purpose of our center is to foster the natural curiosity and passion for learning in all of our students by teaching to their individual needs and interests.