The Learning Center for Young Children (LCYC) believes in nurturing self-confidence in children by providing experiences which help develop the ability to be independent, to listen to and follow directions, and to solve problems. The program is designed to help children develop cognitive skills such as counting and recognition of letters, numbers, shapes, and sounds through informal activities and educational games, play and hands-on experiences. Our play-based programs place an emphasis on helping children learn the discipline of social interactions. The program provides a relaxed atmosphere of loving and caring in which children are encouraged to develop their own talents, uniqueness and self-esteem.
All classes include age appropriate versions of the following activities:
- Free Play – including block play, water play, dramatic play, easel painting, play dough, books, manipulatives
- Circle Time – this is a time to share, learn about a particular topic, and is often when teachers incorporate reading, movement, and music into the school day.
- Reading – teachers read a book to the class and children are given time to look at books independently
- Snack – simple healthy snacks are served daily including items like water, juice, fruit, crackers, cheese, bread, cereal, etc.
- Outdoor play – on the school’s enclosed playground equipment or indoors in the church’s large social hall room where we bring out tricycles, balls, and climbing equipment for children to use.
- Art – teachers provide a project for children to complete but creativity is given free reign. We understand that for preschoolers, it is the process, not the end product that is important.
- Music & Movement – children engage in music and movement with teachers daily
- Round Robin – held Fridays in January and February for 3 & 4 year old classes. Classes rotate between
- science – participate in a science experiment and learn scientific terms
- gymnastics- develop large motor skills by playing games and completing an obstacle course (balance on a beam, climb, learn to do a somersault, etc.)
Children love staying for lunch with teachers and friends. A continuation of the school day, extended day includes lunch from home, more play time and a special project.
Music & Science Monday
The staff help children explore the uses of their voice, i.e. talking, whispering, shouting, and singing. The children learn to match pitch, participate in activities with rhythm instruments, and investigate the science of sound so that they understand how sound is produced. Each session contains singing activities, rhythmic experiences, listening exercises, and movement. Natural tie-in’s to science are included as part of many sessions. The class focuses on Science from January through June. The children learn the scientific method working on projects and experiments during class time.