The social and educational goals of the LCA Early Education Program include the following:
Develop Motor Skills (coordination) by running, jumping, climbing, balancing, and skipping. Physiological readiness precedes other learning.
Develop Fine Motor Skills (small muscle and hand-eye coordination) through practice with various items by putting-in, taking-out, matching, fitting, connecting, and disconnecting. Children will use manipulatives, puzzles, pegs, play-dough, beads, sewing cards, etc. Proper pencil grip, which is important for later learning, will be taught at school and reinforced at home.
Develop Language Arts (phonemic awareness, vocabulary and the rhythm of speech) through use of the classroom library, story telling, puppets, games, poetry, manipulation of sounds, and “circle time.” Pre-reading and early reading skills are essential for all later learning.
Develop Social Awareness through dramatic play where a child progresses from solitary role-playing to sharing and understanding rules and limits. Time spent in classroom “housekeeping”, dress up, playing with blocks, and during snack encourage the child to begin to feel secure in himself, family, and community.
Develop Creative Expression through the use of various mediums (painting, coloring, cutting, gluing, and play-dough) to experience the satisfaction that comes with creating something that is uniquely their own. In music, children learn songs, rhythms and have experience playing with various instruments in order to discover other creative artistic expressions.
General experience with the world around them. Field trips to stimulate social and ecological awareness are planned throughout the year. The more the young children know and understand their world, the more independent and confident they become. Many opportunities will be given for exploring topics of interest to the child concerning the world in which we live.