The Lakeview Community Preschool offers a program that is specifically designed to encourage growth in physical, emotional, intellectual and social development through an emphasis on personal discovery during play. Our qualified teachers are committed to providing quality experiences, both in and out of the classroom.
The preschool provides a variety of stimulating environments for children. We encourage exploration in play by maintaining several centres such as arts and crafts, sand and water tables, carpentry, reading, music, housekeeping, play dough, and dress up. These centres are changed often to meet the needs of the children as determined by the teachers. Each teacher prepares monthly themes and activities are based on these themes. Accordingly, one class may be participating in a different theme from another class at any one time. As three and four year olds are emergent readers, story times are utilized to encourage a love of books and develop a beginning knowledge of numbers and letters. Time is also spent in the gym and at times outdoors as well (playground is nearby).
The students are provided with a healthy balanced snack each day. Snacks are nutritionally balanced using at least 2 of the 4 food groups. Snack time is a sharing time when students are able to share a special snack with fellow classmates. Each student is asked to bring snack for their class on a rotational basis (usually once every six weeks).
Lakeview Community Preschool follows the Calgary Board of Education public school calendar with the exception of Professional Development days. Classes start at the beginning of September and run until the end of May for the three year olds and the middle of June for the four year olds. The three year old morning classes currently run from 9:10 to 11:25 AM, and afternoon classes from 12:45 to 3:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The four year old morning classes run from 9:00 to 11:30 AM, and the afternoon classes from 12:45 to 3:15 PM, Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The preschool is located at the Lakeview Baptist Church, 5336 Lakeview Drive SW.
We strongly believe in and encourage family participation in all areas of the school. Lakeview Community Preschool is a parent-cooperative-based preschool run by a volunteer Board of Directors. We require an investment of time and effort from all our parents. We have an “open door policy for families” which allows parents and relatives to come into the classroom to volunteer or see the children in action. Family participation is an important aspect of our school as it helps children in the transition from a home to a play setting, as well as providing a needed service for the school. The benefits include:
- Children feel pride and comfort when a parent is involved in the classroom.
- Parents develop a greater awareness of how their children interact with their peers and who they choose to play with in the classroom.
- Parents are able to develop a line of communication with the teacher regarding their child and the program.
- Mutual support networks and friendships among parents are easily developed and promote our sense of a community-based preschool.
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