Early Ed Program

With more time spent doing structured extra-curricular activities and greatly increased electronic device usage, children and adolescents have fewer opportunities to move and play outdoors in natural settings.  Simultaneously, we see an increase in the number of children with sensory and motor deficits. School teachers report classroom observations of these deficits, including challenges in the areas of attention, balance, coordination, motor control and aggression.

How can we reverse this alarming trend of sensory, attention and motor issues in children and teens? How can we ensure that children are fully engaging and challenging their body, mind, and all of their senses?

To find out, please join us as we welcome Angela Hanscom, author of Balanced & Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children, at the Laconia Christian Academy gymnasium, 1386 Meredith Center Road  on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 pm. Using the TimberNook philosophy that nature is the ultimate sensory experience and that psychological and physical health improves in children when they regularly spend time outside, Angela will offer strategies to help children thrive in outdoor environments using a therapeutic approach to nature play.

Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith will be selling copies of Balanced & Barefoot at the event on 5/29/19. Ms. Hanscom will be pleased to sign books after the event.

Contact Glenda Bucken to RSVP or to ask a question about this exciting engagement! This event is open to everyone, so bring all of your friends and family!


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.