Early Childhood - ages 2½ years – 6 years (this includes the Full Day
On-Campus schedule options:
Full Day – 8am PST – 6pm PST (weekdays)
Half Day – 9am PST – 2pm PST (weekdays)*
*(Half day/partial week admissions are currently not available for the
2021-22 program year)
Early Childhood - ages 2½ years – 6 years
Summer Camp schedule options:
Full Day – 8am PST – 6pm PST (weekdays)
Half Day – 9am PST – 2pm PST (weekdays)
Weekend Online Program
We are also offering online lessons during the weekends starting 2/20/2021. The "Learning from Home Handbook" can be viewed directly below for details. The sessions can be signed up for here.
It will be our goal to guide the children toward learning self-regulation, building confidence, and autonomy by providing the appropriate tools. The children will get absolute attention to every aspect of their social-emotional development. Each child is unique and will be respected for who they are. We will endeavor to provide a positive relationship between the teacher and the child to ensure optimal growth for the child.
The Early Childhood years are the beginnings of self-expression. This is a crucial stage of development in which the children will be supported and encouraged to speak their mind. Their thoughts and words will be recognized by the school and fostered positively. Everything from the child stating that they are too cold or that the thunder is scary or that they need help tying their shoelaces. It is vital to validate their feelings before critiquing any mistakes they likely will have made.
LFLC will always encourage outdoor free play under the watchful supervision of the teacher. While indoors and outdoors, the children will abide by the rules that keep ourselves safe - (we listen to the teacher; we stay with the group). We keep each other safe - (we use safe touches; we listen to one another). We keep our things safe.
We are fully committed to...
Working with parents to meet each child's individual needs.
This means working in partnership to meet cultural, dual language learner, and specific needs of all the children in our care.
Implementing daily activities and instruction that benefit your child
These activities/subjects include Practical Life, Sensorial, Languages, Mathematics, Art, Music, Storytime, Cultural Studies, and Science.
Encouraging all types of safe expression of your child's creativity.
In daily activities an Early Childhood child will learn about several subjects. We will have specific time for children to explore their talents.
PL activities in the Montessori classroom helps a child learn daily life skills such as pouring water into a cup, slicing bananas, washing dishes, how to get dressed, and taking care of plants and animals in the environment. They learn how to be graceful, courteous, practice being good listeners and resolve conflicts through dialogue. Through the practice of the PL activities children build their fine and gross motor coordination while also learning to focus, and develop a sense of independence.
Through hands on experiences in the Sensorial area, the children learn to develop and refine their five senses and also learn to name and describe their experiences. Each activity isolates one concept and guides the child to discriminate size, shape, texture, weight, taste, smell and color. This strong foundation built in this area of work in the Montessori classroom builds skills needed in learning math, language and all other learning.
Language is accessible for the children everywhere in the classroom. While Storytelling, songs, regular conversations help in the enrichment of vocabulary, drawing, painting, metal insets prepare the children hands for writing. By tracing the Sandpaper Letters, children learn how the sounds they hear are written. They then blend sounds and begin to read phonetic words without much effort. The joy of being able to read encourages the child to start to read their primary phonetic books and more.
Through hands-on activities, children learn to identify numerals and match them to their quantity, understand place-value and the base-10 system, and practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They also explore patterns in the numbering system. With an exploratory approach, children do more than just memorize math facts; they gain a firm understanding of the meaning behind them.
Cultural Studies and Sciences:
Cultural studies and Sciences encompass a wide range of subjects including history, geography, earth science and physical sciences. Art and music are also integrated into the curriculum in order to make it easy on children to retain information on a certain subject. The teacher uses continent maps, globes, pictures and books to give a sense to the children of their place in the world. Learning about different food, clothing, shelter, customs and traditions, differences and similarities between cultures, children learn to appreciate the interconnectedness of life on the planet.
Working with the different animal and plant puzzle boards is especially popular in the classroom!