Our Program

Our focus is on nurturing compassionate hearts and developing confident, lifelong learners that positively impact the world.

We strive to provide an environment that focuses on the whole child: mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual. Along with our carefully crafted curriculum, we intentionally maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio in order to give proper attention to each student. Please contact us for a tour of our entire facility.

 

Our Curriculum

Abeka

Abeka’s proven approach to teaching helps teachers teach and students learn.

It begins with a traditional philosophy of education using a teacher-directed framework.  Teachers are empowered to focus students’ attention on the material they need to learn.

Abeka’s bright and colorful activity books and flashcards help students grasp what is being taught and are also excellent for reviewing previously taught concepts.

Older preschoolers at LLA use Abeka materials to supplement our curriculum and help develop a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning.


Making Great Readers

Click the arrow, then click the Facebook icon below the video to see one of our younger preschoolers enjoying the Making Great Readers cards during morning free play.

Making Great Readers is a phonological process that makes the sound of the letter more important that the letter name, creating the process of “See the Sound – Think the Letter.”

In the Making Great Readers process, children engage with letter sounds through movement; by incorporating this kinesthetic approach, children actually enjoy the learning process and the making of sound-letter connections that are needed for independent reading.

Another important aspect of Making Great Readers is its emphasis on lowercase letters.  This focus is vital preparation for future independent reading since the majority of text is written in lowercase letters.

Using the Making Great Readers approach, even the youngest LLA preschoolers are provided opportunities to engage with age-appropriate text, another stepping stone to future independent reading.

Model Writing, another aspect of our Making Great Readers curriculum, demonstrates the actual transfer of sound-letter knowledge to written text.  Eventually preschoolers also have opportunities to practice independent writing, making what was seen and experienced during model writing their own.  As they experience both model and independent writing, the children’s creativity and reading skills can be simultaneously enhanced.

Making Great Readers is not merely the name of our curriculum; it is one of our primary goals for the children of LLA.


Classroom Magazines

All classes at LLA enjoy using Scholastic’s classroom magazines. These magazines and their related curriculum ideas and materials enhance the learning environment throughout the year, and children enjoy having their own copies of the magazines to take home with them. Currently our younger preschoolers receive My Big World while our transitional kindergarten students receive Let’s Find Out.


Music

A highlight of the week for LLA children is their music class. These classes expose the children to basic musical concepts and to the proper use of musical instruments. Children grow in their understanding of such concepts as rhythm, beat, tempo, and volume; at the same time, these classes also help the children develop in the areas of listening skills, eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills, language, and directionality. Music instruction is a great catalyst to brain development and LLA is happy to provide these classes for the children.