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.