Preschool Development Skills

The LCDS Preschool is a structured play oriented program which focuses on developing the child’s social, motor and personal development skills.

Social Skills are developed by:

  • Learning responsibility for personal belongings.
  • Cooperating and sharing with others.
  • Learning to take turns.
  • Learning how to listen when a friend is speaking.
  • Practicing to be friendly and helpful.
  • Sitting and listening quietly.
  • Speaking in a clear, confident, quiet voice, using words to express their feelings.

Motor Skills are developed by:

  • Large muscle control is developed by engaging in activities which include body movement.
  • Small muscle control is developed by engaging in activities such as cutting with scissors, gluing & pasting, painting, coloring, etc.
  • Learning healthy habits such as hand washing, learning to cover your sneeze or cough, learning to use a tissue and dispose of it appropriately, etc.

Personal Skills are developed by:

  • Learning to adjust and be happy in a group setting when away from home.
  • Learning to make new friends and not be shy.
  • Learning to control their emotions (tempers, tears, anger, jealousy, frustration, etc.)
  • Learning to be proud of their accomplishments.
  • Developing language and listening skills.
  • Awareness of the world and people around them.
  • Being able to think for themselves and share ideas in a group.
  • Developing curiosity, creativity and imagination.
  • Understanding and enjoying holidays and seasons.
  • Learning to use different mediums to create projects (paper, glue, fabric, crayons, paint, play dough or clay, etc.)
  • Learn to follow steps to re create an example for a craft or project.

Language Skills are developed by:

  • Observing appropriate vocabulary and language use modeled by staff members.
  • Interaction with staff members through out class time.
  • Introducing Songs and Rhymes.
  • Repetition of sounds and words during class activities.
  • Introduction to Letters & Numbers (Letters of the week, calendar, etc.)
  • Staff members use fun strategies (games, songs, stories, group conversation) to assist in developing language and vocabulary use.

 

All of the above goals are achieved in our Preschool/Kindergarten through classroom activities such as:

  • Free play time for the students to interact and practice appropriate social skills.  
  • Staff model appropriate behavior which is acceptable in the classroom for the children to follow.
  • Staff model appropriate dialog for the children to use and are encouraged to use their words to express themselves.
  • A variety of materials and activities are available to the children to play with.  
  • Activities and materials are changed regularly to provide enhancement to the topics of study introduced to the students.
  • Daily songs and group conversations.
  • Daily movement games and actions to music or songs.
  • Story and Library time.
  • Daily projects which may include painting, coloring, writing, gluing and cutting.
  • Sharing Days.
  • Regular opportunities to speak and share in front of the class.
  • Class parties for celebration of holidays.
  • Helping Hand days.
  • Regularly planned field trips in and out of the classroom.
  • Cooking days.
  • Daily class routine.
  • Daily snack time.