MONDAY - THURSDAY
12:30pm - 3:30pm
This class is for children who are 4 on or by September 1.
Pre K prepares children who are going into kindergarten the following year.
To apply, please visit Admissions
A TYPICAL DAY
Afternoons in the Pre K Class begin with a brief group time, followed by free choice of activities in the classroom and outside in the Outdoor Classroom (OC).
Children participate in art, science, cooking, woodworking, board games, nature activities and more, with each station led by a parent.
Midway through the day, we gather together to discuss or play games related to our current topics of interest. We eat snack together, then go to the playground for the remainder of the day.
Over the course of the year, children in the Pre-K Class have developmentally appropriate exposure to literacy, mathematics, physics, botany, zoology, history, music, geography, cooking, art, and more.
Our Tuesday Club activities give children a gentle introduction to a more structured environment and more academic projects, easing the transition to kindergarten. For more details about the class and curriculum, please visit the FAQS page.
I've been working as a preschool teacher and director for over 30 years, almost half of them here at LAPP. I was working my way through college, planning to be a child psychologist, when I took a job in a preschool—and had so much fun, I just never left! After finishing my undergraduate degree, I did graduate work to attain an internationally-recognized A.M.I. Montessori diploma, and worked as a Montessori teacher for many years. I originally chose my current position because the schedule allowed me time to home-school my daughter (now a senior at Cal.) I had never heard of the parent participation co-op model until starting at LAPP in 1999, but my years here have convinced me that it is truly the best possible preschool approach. Working together, parents and teachers can do wonderful things! Outside of school, I enjoy gardening, camping, travel, reading, playing the piano, cooking, and chasing after my four cats.