Generations of Leduc residents have been through St. Peter kindergarten, yet it remains a fairly well kept community secret.Board chair Karen Stiles explained the kindergarten has been around since 1974. It is privately run and is supported by its own board as well as St. Peter Lutheran Church. The teachers follow the Alberta curriculum and the kindergarten offers non denominational Christian programming, all in a maximum class size of 18, making it an appealing option for parents.are really attracted to our program because it small and an easy transition for kids, she said. have a lot of repeat families who went to kindergarten at St. Peter and who come back with their kids. and the kindergarten is able to bus them to and from their houses or day homes, which Stiles says gives parents a lot of flexibility.Focus on academics and faithDuring their year at St. Peter the students go through the alphabet, letter sounds, shapes, colours, crafts for fine motor skills and their first sight words words they would encounter frequently while reading, such as which they don need to read but can recognize by sight. They also work on rhyming and music with the help of Pastor Neil Stern, who comes in with his guitar to teach Christian songs or songs based on their monthly theme.teach so these kids can go through any other school and be exactly where they need to be and we heard that from comments from other teachers in other schools, said Agatha Lesage, education assistant at St. This changes annually based on the needs in the classroom.For physical activity, the kindergarten has its own playground which has been in place for nearly four years. They have a large space indoors as well, where they can still move freely.The kindergarten also introduces the children to community and what it means to be part of a community at large. This has included trips to places such as the library, post office, Co op and Planeview Manor as part of teaching the concept.When it comes to faith, teacher Emily Richard explained they talk to the kids about who they are to God and how Jesus loves them. They also use it as an opportunity to talk about patience, kindness and self control. They have a prayer before lunch, which they keep simple so the kids can remember it and are able to use it at home if they wish, and they change the prayer every month. There are also Advent resources at Christmas and Lent resources at Easter.do a devotion every morning and a focus sheet every week, said Richard. February our theme is love, so that includes what love means and how to show it by being kind and loving to everyone. From a parent perspective, it was a no brainer.a bit of history there for myself and it always felt like home. It such a small, nurturing environment, it always feels so warm, Stiles said. know the class size will always be small and they get that Christian element into their education. Just knowing the teachers and staff are so inviting and caring, there are no other grades, it a nice stepping stone for kids getting into the school system it not even a debate. Peter kindergarten and there are already eight students registered. There is an 18 student maximum.There is an $80 non refundable registration fee as well as a one time $40 field trip fee payable at registration. For those who want to bus, it $60 a month, payable at the beginning of the school year.