Serving age-eligible children
95% Reading Rate
Drop-Off & Pick Up Times
Star of the Week / Birthdays / Special snacks
Lesson Plans / Curriculum / Philosophy
Typical Daily Schedule
LECC's Kindergarten meets or exceeds public school
standards and builds on the two prior years of LECC's Day Care
programs. A certified teacher and ample aides provide the children
with the curriculum, materials, and experiences necessary to enter
first grade, ready to meet new challenges. LECC's program is
coordinated with Lake Villa District 41, and is registered with the
State Board of Education.
Private Kindergarten offers a full day schedule, that includes
before and after school care along with special interest "workshops"
and specific interest activities during all holiday breaks. There is
no additional charge for this 6:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., coverage.
Morning and afternoon outside play time, quiet time, hot lunch, and
snacks, complete this well rounded program.
Drop-off & Pick up times
academic time starts at 8:00 A.M. and concludes at 3:00 P.M.
Children may be dropped off at the center as early as 6:30 A.M.,
but, we request, no later than 7:55 A.M. Children that arrive late will miss an important part of instruction.
We ask you make every effort to get your child to school on time.
Children may be picked up after 3:00 P.M., but no later than 6:00
Children must be signed in and signed out. Please do
not be offended if teachers ask to see identification before
releasing your child. It may take a while to recognize all new
parents plus others that may be authorized to pick up your child.
Teachers will check I.D's against the Emergency and Authorized
Pick Up sheet in your child's file. You may add anyone to this
file at any time by writing a dated letter of authorization with
As part of our Character Counts initiative, the children
will be introduced to a variety of community service
speakers, such as the Dentist, Optometrist, Officer Friendly, Fireman
and Librarian, interact with the children and explain their roles
and services. Local visitors from various organizations bring animals
(reptiles, pets, and wildlife) into the classroom for additional
provides opportunities for children to develop and
strengthen generosity traits along with other pro-social
values. During the holiday season, LECC has a special Gift of
Giving Program. Our facility takes pride in working as a team
(families, staff, and community) to join together to make the holiday
special to those in need. The children decorate cards and pack baskets,
delivered to local agency's throughout Lake County. Used clothing and
toys are also collected and disbursed to local families in need. A new
toy drive is also conducted. Hundreds of new toys are delivered to
children in need in northern Illinois. The children's generosity is
acknowledged through an array of thank you notes from those who benefit
from their kindness. A wish list tree stands proudly in our hall for
families to fill holiday wishes for children in local foster care. Our
international connection includes our unity with the Abriendo Camino
school in the Dominican Republic. The Birthdays of Hope program gives
children an opportunity to donate there birthday gifts to help feed
children in Haitian schools.
Normal communication to teachers is
anticipated when children are dropped off. However, if more in-depth
conversation is desirable please schedule a conference. Conferences
are scheduled throughout the year at the parent's or teacher's
the Week / Birthdays / Special snacks
The Star of the Week
program was instituted as a language arts activity, and provides an
opportunity for the children to get to know each other on a
structured basis. The Star will play host to the other
children by providing a special snack treat on their first day. We
can not serve homemade treats. The remainder of the week the
selected child will be teacher's special helper. Families are asked
to work with their child to complete a form on the child's
preference in several areas, such as favorite colors, food, book,
etc. Pictures, especially baby pictures and
those with pets or siblings and family members are also requested.
The Star of the Week also will be featured on a bulletin board. If a
parent can spend some time during the Star's "reign," we ask that
you join us and talk to the class about your occupation.
Your child's birthday will be celebrated on a school day that is
the closest to his or her actual birthday. The birthday child will
select a small gift from our treasure box, and of course, the class
will sing "Happy Birthday." Parents may bring any store bought treat
desired. LECC has a freezer for ice cream, and a large refrigerator.
Large cookies and ice cream cups are a special favorite. If sheet
cakes are selected they will be shown to the class prior to cutting
the individual pieces.
Plans / Curriculum / Philosophy
Lesson outlines are
provided at the start of each week. Knowing what is going on in
school on a daily basis helps parents and children communicate.
LECC uses the well-known "Math Their Way" program to provide the
children with a solid foundation of math concepts that are
developmentally appropriate. The curriculum also emphasizes phonics,
literature, nature and science, along with a strong language arts
The whole class comes together at circle time to learn and
interact. Children also learn in small groups [approximately 6
children] during "Center Time."
The development of a philosophy couples a teacher's personality
and interest with experience and education. Philosophy must be in
harmony with the fundamental beliefs of the school. It is also
desirable to incorporate portions of various accepted early
childhood theories into a program tone and approach. The philosophy
of the Kindergarten program is based upon:
Swiss Psychologist and Educator: His theories on how children
perceive the world, and their stages of development is the
foundation for Developmental Programs in the Early Childhood field.
Piaget's therories center on his discovery that children perceive
the world differently from adults and that their development
proceeds in genetically determined stages, which always follow the
Lev Vygotsky, Russian Psychologist:
Vygotsky believed in the theory of "scaffolding" by introducing
materials in small increments, just above the level the child has
assimilated. This theory enables the child to function with the help
of the teacher at a level he could not achieve without such
|6:30 A.M. / 7:30
Manipulatives / Computers
|7:30 A.M. / 8:00
||Classroom Clean Up
Preparation for Opening Activities
8:00 A.M. / 8:45 A.M.
Motor Skills / Manuscript Printing
Journal Entries /
Discovery Learning Question
8:45 A.M. / 9:30 A.M.
Pledge of Allegiance / Patriotic
Counting Children & Foreign Language
Phonics Review to-date
Weather Observation /
Critical Thinking Skills: What's in the
Discovery Learning: Response to journal
Show & Tell
Friday, Activity on Monday
|9:30 A.M. / 10:00
||Bathroom / Hand Washing / Snack /
|10:00 A.M. / 10:45
||Letter Books / Phonics |
|10:45 A.M. / 11:30
||Small Group Center Time|
Activities / Manipulatives
Art / Craft Projects /
Math / Science / Language Arts [rotating basis]
11:30 A.M. / 12:00 noon
|Whole Group Activity|
Noon / 12:25 P.M.
|Bathroom / Hand Washing /
|12:25 P.M. / 1:50
||Bathroom / Hand Washing / Rest
|1:50 P.M. / 3:00
||Daily Art: Drawing to Literature or
||Hand Washing / P.M.. Snack |
3:00 P.M. / 6:00 P.M.
|Free Choice: After School