Preschool Program

The preschool program at the ELC is a mixed-age program designed to empower three, four and five year-old students. Hands-on activities, planned around children's interests, nourish self-esteem and instill a love of learning. Our preschool classrooms are busy places where children have opportunities to problem solve, experiment and explore while gaining skills in language, mathematical reasoning, science, art and music.

We feel that a mixed-age program offers children "the best of both worlds". We give children opportunities to participate in activities with those of different ages, so that younger children can learn from older peers, and older children have chances to develop into leaders and mentors. We also have times of day when children are grouped according to age, so that we can meet learning needs with activities specifically designed for differing attention spans and developmental levels.

Preschool Daily Schedule

7:45 am to 9:30 am Indoor free choice activities (puzzles, playdough, house keeping, art table, blocks, etc.)
8:45 am to noon
9:30 am to 10:00 am Morning Meeting
10:00 am to 10:15 am Snack
10:15 am to 11:00 am Outdoor or indoor gross motor activities
11:00 am to 12:00 pm Indoor learning center (art, painting, crafts, math manipulates, blocks, pre-reading games and activities)
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm Small group time (individual library time, group story)
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Rest time (Your child may find this time more comfortable if you bring in an old crib sheet to cover the mat and a special stuffed animal)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Outdoor activities or indoor learning centers
3:00 pm to 3:15 pm Snack
3:15 pm to 4:30 pm Indoor free choice activities, games, songs, crafts, etc.