TUESDAY & THURSDAY
9am - 11:30am
This class is open to children who are 2.
The class provides a gentle introduction to preschool for our youngest students. The class focuses on learning the routines of preschool – washing hands, sitting on the carpet for group time, eating a family style snack, lining up for the playground – while also exposing children to early literacy, math and science concepts.
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A TYPICAL DAY
Free Choice The children choose from a number of activities which change from day to day. These choices include activities in the Outdoor Classroom (OC) – working with sand and water, climbing, painting, sensory experiences, gardening, organized games, etc., and indoor play – learning games, art, science, cooking projects, dramatic/fantasy play, puppet shows, play dough, etc.
Group Time Together we participate in music, movement, finger plays, and stories. During this time the children enjoy a wide range of experiences while learning to take turns and participate in group discussions.
Snack Snack is served family-style with children and adults sitting at tables together. A variety of food is presented in self-serve bowls, encouraging the children to serve themselves. Parents model conversation, table manners, and assist the children when needed.
Playground Time The class moves over to the big playground. Playground time includes tricycle riding, swinging, sand and water play, dramatic play, climbing, and other motor activities. Again, children are offered free choice of activities.
Closing Circle The teacher and children gather for one last time for a final song. The teacher dismisses the children from this group. The day ends.
During my previous work in mixed-age preschool programs, I found myself drawn to the youngest explorers, who so openly share their joyful discoveries. I love the emotional immediacy of these children and feel privileged to participate in their experiences. At LAPP I discovered how much a co-op model adds to the preschool experience. As their children get to know the school and establish relationships with each other, parents also form important connections and become part of an ongoing community. Before coming to this field, I worked for many years as a marriage and family therapist. I am grateful that I can continue to support families as they participate in such a nurturing and positive environment. Our classes will include singing and dancing, which are special interests of mine. In my spare time I also love to read, knit and hike.