Preschool With A Purpose

One of the core values of LPP since the very beginning is the belief and intention that all children no matter their zip code deserve access to high quality early education. We strongly believe that all children have potential yet not all children are given opportunity. LPP places a high value on having a heart and intentions to care for orphaned and vulnerable children both locally and globally. LPP is excited to launch Preschool With A Purpose, a blog and digital scrapbook of our travels and humanitarian efforts, from the point of view of our staff. We hope you will take a moment to explore some our recent endeavors.

Successful Classroom Management Strategies to Try at Home

By Lindsay Campbell, Pre-K Teacher-LPP Germania

Classroom management is one of the most important aspects of teaching. Setting expectations, allowing for children to make their own appropriate choices, understanding the limits of being part of the group and coping when the answer is ‘no’ are boundaries that let children feel safe and confident. Incorporating the following strategies at home can make transitions and negotiations more fluid and stress-free.

Set Limits and Expectations – Setting limits and expectations are important for children to feel confident and secure. Providing reasons for your expectations can also help your child accept your limits without becoming defensive. For instance, before going to the playground you could explain to your child that it might be busy and that they will have to be patient waiting for a turn on the swing. You could mention that they need to slide down the slide on their bottom as opposed to climbing up it. When children know what is expected of them, they develop the ability to become self-aware and to self-discipline. When you see your child follow through with your expectations, be sure to notice and praise them!

Related Consequences – When a child makes an undesirable choice, it is important to make sure their consequence is related to the choice they made. For example, if a child chooses to knock over their sibling’s block tower, a related consequence might be to help rebuild the block tower. If they continue to knock it down, a further related consequence might be to have the child find a new area to play. An unrelated consequence, such as cancelling a plan to watch a movie before bedtime, can be confusing to the child, as it does not relate to the reason there is a consequence in the first place.

Statements vs. Questions – Do not ask your child for permission if you don’t really need it. If you are ready to take your child home at the end of the day, tell them so. Give your child reasonable and clear directions, such as, “It’s time to go. Please put your toys away.” Children are more likely to respond to statements such as this as opposed to, “Are you ready to go now?” Take “OK?” out of your vocabulary. Ending your request with “OK?” unknowingly turns it into a question that requires permission. When you ask for permission, you open yourself up to your child’s ability to tell you, “no,” which can in turn lead to an unnecessary power struggle.

Offer Appropriate Choices – Choices are important for children to have a feeling of control and to help build their self-esteem. In some cases, offering your child appropriate choices that are acceptable to you helps to sidestep the power struggle of many challenging situations. For instance, “You need to take a bath. Do you want to take it now or in five minutes?” creates a win-win situation where your child is in charge, within your parameters. You are happy because your child cooperates and your child is happy because they made their own choice.

It’s Okay to Say “No” – Telling a child “no” can often be more difficult on an adult than it is on the child. While we might feel bad that we made them feel sad or disappointed, saying “no” is actually important for children to hear. When children are inexperienced with being told “no,” they can lose their ability to delay gratification, learn patience, and cope with disappointment. We know that life is challenging and that none of us get what we want all the time, so its best we give children the skills necessary to become strong, adaptable, well-adjusted individuals.

Kindergarten at LPP

LPP is still accepting applications for our Kindergarten program for the upcoming year. Families interested in learning more about the application process for the 2017-2018 school year can contact the LPP-Germania location at info@lppgermania.com for more information and to schedule a tour.

LPP Enrollment 2017-2018

Families interested in participating in the first round of our enrollment lottery for Summer & Fall placement for 2017-2018, should have Applications submitted to LPP by February 15, 2017. Please contact us with any questions or for additional information.

Family Learning Programs- Spring Sessions

Spring sessions of Preschool Together and Read, Sing & Play classes begin April 3rd! Learn more about these classes and register here.  For additional information or questions, please contact j.sorenson@lppschools.com

Blank Canvas: Drop In Art Classes

Join us Saturday mornings at our historic Old Town location (108 W Germania Place) to experience art the LPP way!  Children ages 16-30 months will explore a variety of process based art projects led by two of our passionate teachers.  
This 45 minute, $15, drop-in class will begin at 9:30am.  The class will be held on the following dates:

Session 1: September 17 & 24 and October 1 & 8
Session 2: October 22 & 29 and November 5 & 12

Please contact j.sorenson@lppschools.com with any questions.

Identifying High Quality Preschools

Chicago is a great city to grow up in.  Parks, friendly neighborhoods, museums, and schools abound.   So many preschool choices for families can often make the decision process daunting.  Research indicates that well-designed preschool programs will produce long-term improvements in school success, including higher achievement test scores and higher educational attainment.

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Once Upon A Time

Children’s author Emilie Buchwald wrote, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents”.  The cumulative and growing research on early literacy would include ‘the laps of their teachers’ too.  The more we know more about literacy development and acquisition the more we appreciate the role of early childhood environments in growing early literacy skills.

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Beyond the Playground

As warm weather approaches, the great outdoors seems to beckon children and parents alike. Slides, swings, and climbing structures welcome summer play with open arms, and parents enjoy watching their children release energy freely. While playground equipment is engaging for a time, it can quickly become dull when used in the same manner everyday. Below are some ways to make outside time more enjoyable and allow parents to be active participants in the excitement of summer while strengthening their child’s development.

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A Blank Canvas

Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist”.  A process-based art experience ensures that every child has the opportunity to express themselves in unrestricted ways.  Process based art focuses on the process of creating art rather than the product. LPP Education Director Jamie Tiller writes, “Process art allows children to be free.  In a world with so many rules, process art gives children freedom to express their thoughts, ideas and emotions without fear of being right or wrong. It allows them to be true and honest, which brings out brilliant confidence and creativity.”

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