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Top of Page General Information
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.

Top of Page Drop-off & Pick up times
The Kindergarten's 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 P.M.

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 your signature.

Top of Page Character Counts
As part of our Character Counts initiative, the children will be introduced to a variety of community service members. Guest 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 concrete experiences.

Philanthropic participation 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, which are 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.

Top of Page Conferences
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 request.

Top of Page Star of 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.

Top of Page Lesson 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 program.

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:
Jean Piaget's, 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 same sequence.
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 assistance.

Top of Page Typical Daily Schedule

 
6:30 A.M. / 7:30 A.M.

Free Choice:
Individual Art Projects,
Manipulatives / Computers

7:30 A.M. / 8:00 A.M. Classroom Clean Up Time,
Preparation for Opening Activities
   

8:00 A.M. / 8:45 A.M.

Opening Activities
Fine Motor Skills / Manuscript Printing
Journal Entries / Discovery Learning Question

8:45 A.M. / 9:30 A.M.

Opening Circle:
Pledge of Allegiance / Patriotic Song
Counting Children & Foreign Language
Calendar Math
Phonics Review to-date
Weather Observation / Charting
Critical Thinking Skills: What's in the Box?
Discovery Learning: Response to journal question
Literature
Show & Tell
Assignment on Friday, Activity on Monday

9:30 A.M. / 10:00 A.M. Bathroom / Hand Washing / Snack / Recess
10:00 A.M. / 10:45 A.M. Letter Books / Phonics
10:45 A.M. / 11:30 A.M. Small Group Center Time
Theme Activities / Manipulatives
Art / Craft Projects / Computers
Math / Science / Language Arts [rotating basis]

11:30 A.M. / 12:00 noon

Whole Group Activity
Music & Movement

Noon / 12:25 P.M.

Bathroom / Hand Washing / Lunch
12:25 P.M. / 1:50 P.M. Bathroom / Hand Washing / Rest Time
1:50 P.M. / 3:00 P.M. Daily Art: Drawing to Literature or theme
Individual Reading
3:00 P.M. Hand Washing / P.M.. Snack

3:00 P.M. / 6:00 P.M.

Free Choice: After School Club
Computers
Music
Art
Recess

Lindenhurst Early Childhood Center
309 Granada Blvd.
Lindenhurst, IL 60046
Phone: (847) 356-2288
weearethefuture@lindenhurstearlychildhoodcenter.com

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