Lafayette Park Preschool UMC
a family centered co-operative preschool centered on
developing a love of learning in every child
Lafayette Park Preschool UMC
a family centered co-operative preschool centered on developing a love of learning in every child
Preschool Class Information
2/3 Year Old Class
This class focuses on social development and engaging play. They have plenty of play time with manipulatives for fine motor development, and educational games and puzzles for their age. Playtime in the gym builds gross motor while climbing and riding push vehicles. On Tuesdays children do a small art project, while Thursday focuses on fun with music and instruments. Everyday is finished with learning names and letters and sharing in book-time. Children do not need to be potty trained…if you are working on this skill with your toddler we will continue your practices at school.
Preschool 3.5/4 Year Old Class
This class focuses on “school skills” such as taking turns, standing in lines, and even more fine motor development such as holding a pencil. The day is started with circle time introducing the letter of the week and a themed learning idea. They meet for calendar time and talk time to encourage speaking in groups. Many songs and music are shared throughout the year. We count and learn our numbers and letters through engaging ways. Every day we visit the gym and build our gross motor skills running, playing games, and riding tricycles. After sharing a healthy snack, the children have a lesson time to learn how to spell names, use manipulatives, beginning written work in creative ways. The day is shared with the older children for free play, gym, circle time, and ending the day with book time. The younger children learn a lot from sharing their time with the 45yr olds. Being a small school we can tailor to individual needs and capabilities, encouraging all children to do their best is our goal. *Children need to be on their way to potty trained if not completely trained.*
Pre-kindergarten 4/5 Year Old Class
This class focuses on kindergarten readiness. They meet with a lesson in the morning focusing on recognizing letters, numbers, patterns, and shapes. Many fine motor and engaging learning games are played. They meet up with the PRES kids for circle time introducing/reinforcing letter names and sounds through various activities. This class builds on many things learned in the younger classes and what is expected of older children. Imagination runs wild with these “big” kids and you can see it in the gym or when participating in group activities. They can’t wait to get called on or share a story about something interesting they’ve done. They have a snack and get to work on more fun with learning science, math, phonics, and writing. We help form future successful readers and children engaged in school. At least once a week, the children do art during the lesson time sharpening their fine motor skills while making and creating. Every school day is ended with songs and book time to encourage the love of reading.
We have fun learning. We make friends. We miss our mommies and daddies, but we enjoy the day. We make mistakes and understand new rules of play. We make-believe. We get boo-boos temporarily healed by teacher but eagerly awaiting your kiss. We sing songs and do silly dances. We get serious and get down to work. We have parties and invite our families to celebrate several holidays with those we love and to get to know each other better. We have special days such as Pirate day, Super-Hero day, Pajama Day, or learn about Dinosaurs or Halloween fun, or US History or Insects or Plants or Snowmen………. We go on field trips to the park or apple picking or the teeth museum. We love preschool!