Classroom Programs

  • Over 50 years of early childhood education


    Serving families since 1961
  • Caterpillars

    Preschool, 2.5 to 3 years old

    A child’s first caregivers are so important in the early childhood years. Children’s attachment to adults at this age sets an important foundation for their ability to bond and trusts people in the future. Mindful of this, social development, self-help skills and classroom participation are the focus of our youngest classroom. Our hope is that your child’s very first school experience will be nurturing, wholesome and engaging, setting a healthy foundation for lifelong learning. After a few months, children quickly thrive in classroom routines, making room for deepening friendships and an introduction to shapes, colors, letters and numbers.  Because this is the youngest classroom, parent-teacher conferences will not be held.

    • 08:30 - 08:35
      Greet the children
    • 08:35 - 09:00
      Circle time: Good morning song/activity, Classroom jobs, Calendar, Weather
    • 09:00 - 10:00
      Children explore different activities inside the classroom: ABC book, Theme of the week activities, Book corner, Doll house, Sensory table (water and sand), Puzzles, Play-dough, Blocks and manipulative, Music and Movement (9:15-10:00), Bible Story, (Children go to the bathroom as needed with frequent reminders from the teachers)
    • 10:00 - 10:15
      Clean up
    • 10:15 - 10:45
      Recess
    • 10:45 - 11:05
      Bathroom
    • 11:05 - 11:30
      Circle time & dismissal: Educational games, Story time
  • Ladybugs

    Preschool, 3 to 4 years old

    As children have become comfortable with routines and transitions, early literacy and math concepts are introduced.  In this classroom, children begin to trace their name, learn the sounds of letters, write some capital letters, count to ten, sort objects by shapes and colors, compare (same/different), start using scissors and draw a person with four body parts.  They are encouraged to speak and answer in sentences, tell and remember stories, and use their imaginations. They learn to cooperate with friends, take turns, and begin to self-regulate emotions and solve simple problems with assistance from adults.

    • 08:30 - 09:30
      Welcome / Opening Circle
    • 09:00 - 09:20
      Snack
    • 09:20 - 09:40
      Story time / Movement
    • 09:40 - 10:50
      Music / project / free choice / activity time
    • 10:50 - 11:00
      Clean up
    • 11:00 - 11:30
      Outside / yard
    • 11:30
      Goodbye song
  • Butterflies

    Pre-K, 4 to 4.5 years old

    With many children returning for a second or third year at Lakeside and 4-year olds’ natural curiosity for learning, the pre-K classrooms focus on developing children’s knowledge of handwriting, literacy, and math.  In this program, children practice writing their names daily, learn to recognize upper- and lower-case letters, practice rhyming, learn to recognize numbers 1-20 and can follow one-to-one correspondence, can count accurately to 20, regularly practice cutting with scissors,  and listen to and follow simple three-step instructions. STEM is explored through structured investigations and open-ended materials.

    • 12:30 - 12:45
      Welcome students, Sign-in names
    • 12:45 - 01:10
      First circle time: Good afternoon song/activity, Pledge, “America” and prayer, Classroom jobs
    • 01:10 - 02:00
      Indoor activities: Literacy, STEM, Arts & Crafts, Dramatic play, Blocks and manipulative
    • 02:00 - 02:15
      Clean-up
    • 02:15 - 02:30
      Second circle time & get ready for snack time
    • 02:30 - 03:00
      Snack time
    • 03:00 - 03:30
      Recess
    • 03:30
      Dismissal: Sing goodbye song, Students get pick up
    • *Starting in Fall 2020, the pre-K class will be moved to the mornings.
  • Bumblebees

    Pre-K, 4.5 to 5 years old

    With many children returning for a second or third year at Lakeside and 4-year olds’ natural curiosity for learning, the pre-K classrooms focus on developing children’s knowledge of handwriting, literacy, and math.  In this program, children practice writing their names daily, learn to recognize upper- and lower-case letters, practice rhyming, learn to recognize numbers 1-20 and can follow one-to-one correspondence, can count accurately to 20, regularly practice cutting with scissors,  and listen to and follow simple three-step instructions. STEM is explored through structured investigations and open-ended materials.

    • 12:30 - 01:00
      Welcoming Circle
    • 01:00 - 01:45
      Free Choice Time or Music & Movement
    • 01:45 - 02:00
      Clean up
    • 02:00 - 02:30
      Small group
    • 02:30 - 02:40
      Story Time or Word Time
    • 02:40 - 03:00
      Snack Time
    • 03:00 - 03:30
      Outside Play
    • *Starting in Fall 2020, the pre-K class will be moved to the mornings.
  • Fireflies

    TK, 5 years old with June to December birthdays

    Our transitional kindergarten class offers an academic curriculum that is tied together with changing thematic units, focused on literacy and math.  Children in this program write daily, learn to read simple sight words and books, learn to count by fives and tens, learn the placement of numbers up to 100, explore geometry and simple patterning, and learn measurement in terms of objects.  Activities are set up to encourage independent work as well as group collaboration. Technology is incorporated through games at circle time.

    A majority of Lakeside pre-K and TK students continue onto parochial schools in the neighborhood, and we intentionally prepare them academically to be ready for kindergarten.

    • 08:30 - 09:00
      Welcome students: Good morning song, Classroom helpers, Flag pledge, Calendar
    • 09:00 - 09:30
      Small Groups: Ms Maritza - Hands-on activities, Ms Chrys - Language Arts
    • 09:30 - 09:45
      Morning message & weather
    • 09:45 - 10:15
      Recess
    • 10:15 - 10:30
      Snack
    • 10:45 - 11:15
      Small Groups: Ms Maritza - Hands-on activities, Ms Chrys - Math
    • 11:15 - 11:30
      Large Group & dismissal
    • 11:30 - 12:00
      Lunch
    • 12:00 - 12:30
      Recess
    • 12:30 - 01:30
      Large Group Circle: Afternoon songs, Read aloud, STEM
    • 01:30 - 02:30
      Art (Monday & Tuesday)
    • 01:15 - 02:00
      Music and Movement (Wednesday&Thursday)
    • 02:30 - 03:00
      Recess
    • 03:00 - 03:15
      Snack
    • 03:15 - 03:30
      Large Group & dismissal
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