OUR APPROACH TO EDUCATION
Lakeside Preschool & Childcare Center educational philosophy is built upon a unique set of characteristics. In addition to our Christian faith, we look to developmental psychology and educational theories to provide the foundation for our program. We seek to encourage and assist the child in developing their own unique pattern of interests, talents, and thoughts. To achieve this, learning experiences are enhanced through an academic curriculum, hands-on activities, and low teacher to student ratios also incorporating co-teaching teams.
LPCC Preschool program utilizes a 4 yr. old Christian Pre-K curriculum known as the “ABEKA” curriculum. The ABEKA curriculum is strong in Phonics, Math and Bible. The ABEKA curriculum helps to prepare a child for success in their 5K year by helping each child develop beginner reading skills and math skills. The ABEKA Pre-K curriculum is a stepping block to a successful 5 yrs. old Kindergarten class. The year begins with a review of colors, shapes, numbers, letters and phonetic sounds of each letter. The year quickly progresses to forming consonant/vowel blends such as “h+e=he”. After learning a series of “blends”, the next step is to add another consonant such as “he+n=hen”, thus the beginnings of recognizing and reading simple 3 letter words, which is the beginning of reading! The children work through two book series, the first series is of special “blends” and the other an “Old McDonald” series of beginner reader books. The children are put in small “reading groups” where they get to work together with the teacher on their reading skills and the proper pronunciation of their blends.
Along with Phonics, the children are introduced to math concepts such as spatial differences, opposites, counting 1-100 by rote and both memorizing and recognizing numbers 1-20 at random as well as simple addition facts (1+1=2, 2+2=4). The children also learn about the different “number families”, the “ones, teens, twenties, and so on.”
The children will also work on handwriting and tracing skills improving their purposeful movement on the paper and fine motor skills. The year begins with the children tracing their letters and their name. As the year progresses the children will begin to independently write along with tracing until they are able to write on their own.
All classes begin the day with prayer. The children also will have regular Bible stories each day. Through the telling of Bible stories, drama, praise and songs, the children will discover the stories of the Bible, learn how Jesus died for their sins, and how He loves them unconditionally. The children will also learn the A-Z scripture verses. This is something the children really enjoy. They go over the verses each day and add a new one each week. By the end of the year, they will be able to quote all twenty-six verses, John 3:16 and the “Lord’s Prayer”. This helps to build a strong beginning for the children and teaches them the importance of hiding God’s Word in their hearts.
Additional to the ABEKA curriculum, Bible class and Chapel, the children are involved in many hands-on activities, center play, outdoor play, social interaction throughout the day. They enjoy times of “music and movement”, choosing their play/learning center, each activity in its own way giving the children a chance to interact with others, express their own interests and personalities.