About Preschool

Warm and nurturing - a safe and secure place to learn - our preschool (two-year-olds through Kindergarten) reflects the belief that because each child grows according to his or her own rate and pattern, each class must incorporate activities for individual levels of readiness. Our preschool classes, building on the children's own knowledge and questions, help students brainstorm, inquire, classify, and cooperate - all in an atmosphere of playful discovery and multi-sensory experiences. Because the teachers recognize that the love of learning encompasses many learning styles, the program offers young children a rich resource of activities within each classroom where risks are encouraged and every child is respected. We offer five separate programs in our recently renovated preschool classrooms - Acorns, KinderKlasse, Montessori, Prekindergarten, and full-day Kindergarten. Math, language arts, handwriting, science, and social studies are neatly tucked in to all themes or projects throughout the year. Library and art classes build on classroom themes.

Because we are the first school experience for many children and their families, we engage in frequent parent communication and encourage a feeling of community within the school. Evaluation tools include conferences, daily documentation, informal classroom observation, and skill assessment. Parents receive a narrative report two times a year. We are fortunate to have the expertise of two instructional specialists who provide additional individualized and small group instruction to all kindergarten and Montessori III students three times per cycle. The goal of Preschool is to provide tools for students to walk confidently from the preschool hall into Lower School.

Montessori

Montessori is a personalized approach in which a totally prepared environment awaits the absorbent mind of the child. Dr. Maria Montessori recognized that very young children go through periods of great sensitivity in particular areas during which they learn more easily than any time in their lives. Simple tasks like washing tables and polishing mirrors are performed from left to right, serving as a precursor to writing. Arranging strands of 10-unit beads lays the groundwork for algebraic equations. Students are given latitude to decide which projects to tackle and which interests to pursue. Montessori teachers also work closely with other preschool teachers to integrate Everyday Math, Handwriting Without Tears, and our Open Court reading program.

With three age groups represented in the classroom, the children observe and work with their classmates while older children become teachers and mentors to the younger ones. The goal is to shape students into motivated, creative, independent thinkers.

KinderKlasse

KinderKlasse teachers provide a nurturing and caring environment while promoting the children's social, emotional, and cognitive growth. The teachers' primary goal is to instill a love of learning that will continue throughout their educational experience. Songs, clapping patterns, rain sticks, and visual tricks such as the use of trays and placemats to identify personal space are just a few of the “tricks of the trade” that are second nature to the teachers. Their job is to tune in to the needs of our youngest students, and they do this by developing units or projects that address the unique needs of their class. Teaching units or projects always begin with a concept a child understands. Discussions lead to hands-on learning. As a result, the delightful activities of our three-year-olds touch the entire community.

Prekindergarten

The prekindergarten team coordinates a program based on play and discovery that emphasizes social development, empowering children, and building independence. The teachers plan themes and projects that incorporate academics through play and relevant, hands-on experiences. Everyday Math, Handwriting Without Tears, and phonological awareness activities provide appropriate math and literacy experiences. Each child is respected as an individual with his or her own style of learning, and the curriculum is tailored to allow the children to simultaneously challenge themselves and experience many successes. Prekindergarten teachers tailor activities to teach the whole child and enjoy watching their classes grow socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively during their prekindergarten year.

Project work is a big focus during the prekindergarten year. It capitalizes on our mission skills by promoting curiosity, creativity, teamwork, ethics, time management, and resilience. The content of a project is drawn from the children's world, and the work revolves around their questions. In a recent project on water, the prekindergarten students painted with water, washed cars, waded through creeks on the property, surveyed the school about water, experimented with water pressure, and learned from visiting experts. Every day was full of discovery and excitement as children got their questions about water answered and thought of more things they wanted to investigate. 

Kindergarten

With the philosophy that four heads are better than one, the kindergarten team enjoys planning a rich emerging literacy and math program together. The teachers strive to make their classrooms a place “where the small are great and the great are small.” Each activity is designed to be interesting, fun, relevant, and developmentally appropriate, enhancing each student's positive inclination towards learning in school. The teachers are committed to providing a nurturing environment where children are comfortable to try new things, and each success is celebrated. Open Court, Everyday Math, and Handwriting Without Tears are an integral part of the kindergarten program. Kindergarten has a unique structure where students are in individual classrooms with one teacher for the academic part of the day and then enjoy opening the door between two classrooms to expand the environment and number of friends during the free choice part of the day. In all of their activities, kindergarten students practice caring for themselves, one another, and the school.

 
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Preschool Goals and Objectives

Objectives of the Preschool Program

Days are planned so that children will:

  • Be safe
  • Feel secure
  • Receive individual attention and affection
  • Develop satisfying relationships with other children and adults
  • Develop self-discipline
  • Experience successes in order to develop a positive self-image
  • Learn to respect the personal and property rights of others
  • Develop intellectual and physical skills
The Goals of the Preschool Program
  • Value each child as an individual
  • Provide opportunities for children to gain confidence and a healthy self-concept
  • Understand and meet the developmental needs of each child socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually
  • Foster an excitement about school and learning
  • Encourage children to become active participants in their learning through experience and exploration of hands-on materials
  • Teach problem solving, decision making and conflict resolution
  • Encourage creativity as inspired by varied child-centered approaches
  • Provide a positive, prepared environment in which each child can develop to his or her fullest potential
  • Encourage parental involvement through a variety of activities and communications
  • Encourage in children and acceptance of others through the establishment of a classroom community
  • Increase an awareness of the outside community and to provide opportunities for involvement
  • Utilize the community services and resources available to further enrich our program
  • Continually develop teacher expertise by observation, research, and professional development opportunities
Acorns

About Acorns

What is it like to be two? Just ask Emily Stout and Flora Platt, our wonderful teachers of “Acorns,” The Lexington School’s program for two year olds, and they will tell you all you need to know. Two year olds love to sing, dance, climb, and run.  They are sensory seekers, so they explore their environment intent upon finding colors, shapes, textures, sounds, and smells, and it is in this way that they learn. Acorns is the beginning, and the beginning has to be strong, so our every effort is on starting them down a path of curiosity and love of learning that starts at two and spans a lifetime. Finally, but equally important, Acorns love a good hug and a big smile, and in “Acorns,” there are plenty of those to go around too!

  • Two fully-qualified teachers to a maximum of 12 children per session.
  • Special classes in PE/Spanish, Art/Music, Baby Yoga, Spanish, and Library.
  • Admission priority for siblings and legacies, then waiting list based on application date.
  • All children must be two years old to enter the program, with priority given to those who are two years old by August 1st.

 

KinderKlasse

About KinderKlasse

Apples, balls, shoes…what do these three things have in common? They are each topics of exploration and discovery in KinderKlasse. KinderKlasse is a developmental program for three year olds. Two fully-qualified teachers work with eighteen curious three year olds for either a half day or full day. Focused on the social and emotional growth of our little ones, nurturing Kinderklasse teachers provide our three year olds with an exciting, active, and ever-changing curriculum that keeps them fully engaged throughout the school day and school year. Balls may seem like a simple thing to study, but for three year olds, it makes perfect sense. Fun, adventurous, and tasty (yes balls can be tasty—keep reading), an exploration of balls provides sensory experiences that range from simple to complex.

KinderKlassers study the various types, textures, and shapes of balls, they research public opinion on balls through surveys, and they learn from their visiting "experts" on balls. Mr. Wald presents balls from a global athletic point of view, Mr. Moreno cuts a ball open to see what's inside, Mr. Clay juggles balls, and Mr. Parlanti, chef extraordinaire, teaches the art of making meatballs! You never know how many ways to look at one object until you are a KinderKlasse student! And this is just one example of a preschool curriculum that naturally engages the three-year-old developing mind.

KinderKlasse is a big deal, and all seven of their teachers make sure it is worthwhile. Even our three year olds change classes. Once a day, they go to one of several “special” classes taught by specialist teachers they will grow to know and love over the next several years. Art, Spanish, PE, and Music and Library are taught in facilities built and outfitted specifically for young children, and the curriculum is designed to supplement and enrich the learning that takes place in their preschool classroom.  As part of our philosophy of “teaching courage,” all of our preschool students regularly are exposed to presentation and performance not only as spectators but also as performers themselves. Even our three year olds perform in front of live audiences at least three times per year.

Prekindergarten

About Prekindergarten

Life is a circus…for four year olds at The Lexington School! Circus is one of many themes that prekindergarten children explore during their four-year-old year at The Lexington School. Our team of four, fully-qualified prekindergarten teachers work together to provide a creative, active, and fun curriculum that gives four year olds the skills they need for future success in Kindergarten. It is through copious developmentally appropriate hands-on, sensory activities that prekindergarten children approach these skills, and circus is just one example of the interdisciplinary approach that makes Prekindergarten such a successful program.

Not only do beginning Everyday Math and phonological awareness activities relate to the circus theme, but so do art projects, imaginary play activities, songs, dancing, cooking, snack, and even library time. All activities are connected, and for each thematic project, there is a culminating day where they celebrate the completion of their study and prepare to move on to the next big idea. In the case of Circus, and in keeping with The Lexington School philosophy of “teaching courage,” prekindergarten students actually perform a circus for a live audience, complete with programs and popcorn that the students created from start to finish.

And that’s just what happens in the prekindergarten classroom. Combine circus action with “specials” classes: Art, Music, Spanish, PE, and Library, and you have the most complete preschool curriculum in the region. Creativity, exploration and discovery, and a true love of learning…these are the cornerstones of The Lexington School preschool curriculum and philosophy. Life is a circus of ideas, and one day, our four year olds will be ready to tackle them all.

Kindergarten

About Kindergarten

Who’s Razzle Dazzle this week? It could be your child. In Kindergarten everyone takes a turn as Razzle Dazzle kid of the week, the child who is the star, who shares his/her life story, and who is chronicled by classmates in a personal biography, will never forget it. Individualizing each child’s potential…that is what Lexington School does best, and it all begins in Kindergarten. Kindergarten is the true start to the academic program at The Lexington School.With eleven students per class the kindergarten teachers structure the class in a way that allows individual and  small group work and helps each child reach his/her potential to be ready for First Grade. Adhering to a developmental philosophy, Kindergarten maintains an active learning focus which gives children what they need individually, but also keeps learning creative, fun and fresh. “Specials” classes, which are taught by specialist teachers, increase in number in Kindergarten; students travel to Science, Drama, Art, Music, Spanish, PE, and Library, so Kindergarteners have eight teachers on a weekly basis. That is a complete program! And don’t forget the focus on presentation and performance at The Lexington School. We teach courage, and what that means in Preschool is allowing our Kindergarteners the opportunity to get up in front of each other and live audiences at least four times per year. Our Kindergarteners have fun taking risks, and they are growing each day in their curiosity and confidence, ready at year end to move to the Lower School and begin their first grade adventure!

Montessori

About Montessori

It is a family way of learning—three through five year olds coexist through work and play in a way that reminds one of a sibling mentoring relationship. So much can happen for the individual child in Montessori because she can work in her own way alongside other individuals who have the same interests and the same pace. That is the Montessori way. With two fully-qualified Montessori instructors who facilitate learning in an active, structured, and nurturing environment, each child stretches to his/her own potential. And while The Lexington School’s Montessori  uses  the American Montessori Method, the students go to “specials” classes outside the Montessori classroom that run the gamut: physical education, Spanish, library, art, music, drama, and science, and in the Kindergarten year, our Montessori students are exposed to the same curriculum they will experience in First Grade,  a leg up in terms of their transition to the Lower School.  The Lexington School’s Montessori is the best of both worlds!