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Jean Lyle is dedicated to the education of the whole child. Children discover their world through play, and our classes provide the setting for sharing ideas, solving problems, forming friendships, and building confidence. Academic activities and technical skills are woven into theme-based units designed to engage and challenge. Students have time each day for a variety of play activities and creative opportunities in our welcoming spaces.

All classes have the goals of nurturing social and emotional development; developing and inspiring creativity; providing opportunities for cognitive development and problem-solving skills; and learning to initiate, develop, and reflect upon their own ideas. Children are challenged to develop language and math skills and to take risks with beginning writing skills.

3-Day AM (3-Year-Olds)

 

M / T / Th

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Class Size: 21

Teachers: 4

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Children grow and learn at an astonishing rate. A first school experience should be an extension of the love and care they have at home.

The 3-Day AM class often serves as a first “out of home” school experience for young children. The class emphasizes beginning independence, creative interactive play, learning centers, experiential art, stories, literacy, music, laughter, and fun.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

8:45 - 9:35 — Free Choice Time: large motor play on bikes and climbers, outdoor time

9:35 - 10:00 — Clean-Up Time, Large Group Time: hello song, calendar, story/songs

10:00 - 10:25 — Hand Washing, Snack Time, Book Look Time

10:25 - 11:00 — Big Room Choice Time: Art Room, projects, clean-up

11:00 - 11:25 — Large Group Time: Number Jar, Good-bye Song, group movement game, outside time

11:30 — Dismissal, Stories


3-Day PM (3 and 4-Year-Olds)

 

M / T / TH

12:30 PM - 3:15 pM

CLASS SIZE: 16

TEACHERS: 3

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Young children in our afternoon preschool learn in a mixed-age, play-based environment with a focus on social and emotional development and beginning school skills.

This is a mixed-age class for 3- and 4-year-olds that meets Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons from 12:30 until 3:15. This class allows younger children the chance to attend two years in a row and offers older children the opportunity to take on leadership roles in the classroom. This class works especially well for families who prefer a shorter school week, for children who are not early risers, and for families who like to have their mornings at home or free for other activities.


SAMPLE SCHEDULE

12:30 - 1:30 — Free Choice Time: large motor play and various learning centers, toys and projects

1:30 - 1:45 — Clean-Up Time, Large Group Time

1:50 - 2:15 — Small Group Time: calendar, story/discussion and secret sack

2:15 - 2:45 — Big Room Choice Time: Art Room, projects, Clean-up

2:45 - 2:55 — Hand washing, snack, Book-Look Time

2:55 - 3:10 — Story and closing game or songs, or outdoor time

3:15 — Dismissal


5-Day AM (4-Year-Olds)

 

M / T / W / TH / F

8:45 AM - 12:30 PM

CLASS SIZE: 21-23

TEACHERS: 4

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The 5-Day AM class emphasizes school readiness, social skills, alphabet fun, games, music, interactive play, confidence building and stories. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the Gym, Big Room, and Sunshine Room are all available for extended free choice time, giving students the chance to do larger-scale activities and projects. With teacher support and guidance, these students learn and practice self-management and decision-making skills. To ensure each child is ready for this full-week program, we encourage families to have their children first attend one of our 3-Day programs (or have a similar experience elsewhere) before enrolling in this program.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

8:45 - 9:10 — Big Room Choice Time: idea table, dramatic play, blocks, vehicles, table-top activities (puzzles, manipulatives, etc)

9:10 - 9:20 — Large Group Time: hello song/greeting, special announcements, intro to new themes or projects, overview of what is happening in different areas of the room

9:20 - 10:00 — Choice Time continues, Art room open

10:00 - 10:20 — Small Group Time: calendar, story, discussion and secret sack

10:20 - 10:40 — Hand washing, Snack, Book-Look Time

10:40 - 11:05 — Free Choice Time: gym, large motor play on bikes and climbers, half-class outdoors (weather permitted)

11:05 - 11:25 — Large Group Time: story, movement game, outside time

11:30 — Dismissal


Half-Day Kindergarten / Pre-K

 

M / T / W / TH / F

12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

CLASS SIZE: 18

TEACHERS: 3

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This program nurtures our students’ love for learning as well as their social skills, independence, community membership, and academic progress. More structured than our preschool classes, the kindergarten class is suited to children with well-developed attention spans who are ready to move into more defined project work. Our goal is to meet children where they are and provide engaging and developmentally appropriate opportunities for them to move forward on the social, emotional, and cognitive continuums. This is possible due to our small class size, high teacher-to-student ratio, and ability to adjust our lessons to meet the needs of our specific students.

The kindergarten program is for children who will be at least 4.5 years old by September 1. Admission to our program is dependent upon teacher recommendation and consideration of age and developmental readiness. Children new to JLCC will need to have an assessment form filled out by current teachers.

As a fully licensed kindergarten, our program provides a nurturing, confidence building, academically appropriate environment for students to prepare for first grade. It can also serve as a pre-k readiness program for students with summer or fall birthdays, who then go on to attend an all day kindergarten class the following year. To further help our students prepare for the type of school day they will experience when they leave JLCC, our kindergarten program ends with a partial week of all-day classes (generally 9:30–3:00).

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

12:30 - 1:00 — Free Choice Time: craft projects, blocks, vehicles, manipulatives, dramatic play, puzzles and games

1:00 - 1:20 — Large Group Time: hello song/greeting, special announcements, take-home project sharing, calendar and class letter, Small Group Time preview

1:20 - 2:15 — Small Group Time: rotating small group learning activities/hands-on lessons/projects

2:15 - 2:45 — Large Muscle Choice Time in gym or on the playground

2:45 - 3:00 — Hand washing, Snack, Book Look

3:00 - 3:15 — Large Group Time: story, daily wrap-up and announcements, closing song, dismissal