Start your child on the path to a successful school experience with the Lake Bluff Park District's Preschool program! In our secured Early Childhood Education wing at the recreation center, Lake Bluff Preschool offers a positive, nurturing curriculum in an environment that supports exploring and learning while preparing children for success in school. From physical environment to the social-emotional one, we demonstrate that we respect and treasure childhood and the identity of individual children and their families, with every effort not to hurry them or compromise the wonder and joy of being a child. Our teachers are trained and certified in Early Childhood education. Classes run September through May. Fees may be prorated based on start date.
2016-2017 Year Preschool Calendar
Our classes are designed to give your child the tools and experiences they need to ensure a positive transition to Kindergarten and beyond. Our classes feature:
- Experienced and caring teachers
- Thoughtfully prepared environments for each age
- Guidance in learning social skills and making friends
- Gentle encouragement to practice independence skills
- Inspiring educational materials and experiences
- Lively arts, crafts, music and dramatic play
- “The Children’s Garden” connects children with Nature
- “Kids in Motion” health and wellness program
- Afternoon Kindergarten emphasizes and encourages children’s interest in learning the fundamentals of reading, writing skills and math concepts
Preschool for Two Year Olds
Introduce your child to an enriched and nurturing environment that encourages the development of social skills, language, independence and self-confidence. Our experienced teacher, Megan Bello (formerly known as Megan Harris), focuses on helping children feel comfortable away from home as they experience art, dramatic play and music. Basic concepts such as shapes, colors, the alphabet and numbers are presented in fun and creative ways. Children enjoy this active classroom environment prepared to stimulate their imagination and interest in the world around them. You will enjoy seeing your child grow and make his first friends at school.
Preschool for Three Year Olds
3.0–3.8 year olds
The Monday/Wednesday class is perfect for encouraging children’s enjoyment of school and their eagerness to learn in a playful environment. Tamera Guidarini “Mrs. G” gets them excited to further explore the basic concepts of shapes, colors, numbers, letters and their sounds. Children do activities that help develop fine motor skills in preparation for writing. Fun art, science experiments and lively music are included. We begin teaching social/emotional skills through the Calm Classroom curriculum.
3.6–3.11 year olds
The older three year olds attend Tuesday/Thursday/Friday for mornings focused on learning in a playful and nurturing environment. Mrs. G continues encouraging natural interest in letter sounds, writing, counting objects, building with blocks and other materials and creative educational experiences. We expand on the young three’s activities and stimulate their natural curiosity to get them thinking and asking interesting questions. Their classroom is designed to give them opportunities to do more things independently. Our Calm Classroom curriculum is a relaxing and fun part of their day. With stretching and breathing they become aware of how their body feels. Children love learning these skills.
Preschool for 3.6 to 5 Year Olds
Morning Preschool for 4-5 year olds are offer ed either four or five days a week.
Afternoon Preschool for 3.6-5 year olds is four days. Children bring their lunch and enjoy afternoon preschool activities.
Lake Bluff Preschool classes are taught by experienced teachers, Sheila Thomsen and Marcine Zbynski, who know that children love to learn by using their hands. Whether making unique designs in the classroom rock garden, doing a woodworking project, gardening or conducting a science experiment, children are encouraged to find connections in what they are learning and express that through art, writing or in whatever ways they are inspired to do so. We also help them become more confident in recognizing the alphabet and the sounds of the letters, understanding beginning math concepts and refining their skills for writing letters and numbers. Using games and creative materials, children learn while having fun. Our practice of Calm Classroom techniques teach skills that develop focus, concentration and a mind that is relaxed and ready to learn.
Our Teaching Staff
Our experienced Lake Bluff Preschool Teaching Staff provide each child with the care and individual attention they need to succeed. Learn more about our current teachers Here
Below you will find links to school supplies that each child will need for the 2016-2017 year.
Supplies for Mrs. Bello’s 2’s
Supplies for Mrs. G’s Mighty 3’s
Supplies for Mrs. Thomsen’s 4’s
Supplies for Mrs. Zbynski’s 4’s
Supplies for Mrs. Thomsen’s Afternoon Preschool
Supplies for Mrs. Zbynski’s Afternoon Kindergartenl
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