LCS Building Blocks Preschool is operated by the Langley Christian School Society and is located at the Elementary School campus. We offer Preschool programs for 3 and 4 year old children, designed for a smooth transition into LCS Kindergarten.
We provide an enriched, nurturing and stimulating learning environment for children to grow in their faith, self-esteem and knowledge. Through play, exploration and discovery, children begin to develop their God-given gifts in all areas of learning; social, emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual. We create experiences which meet the needs of the whole child in a positive and personal way, expressing how unique and special they are to God while fostering a lifelong love of learning.
Our goal is to model a love for Jesus and each other through healthy and supportive relationships with one another. We encourage and celebrate that God created children full of imagination and curiosity. With the world at their fingertips ready to explore, the classroom becomes their laboratory because play is their work. We strive at keeping a well-balanced, stimulating and loving program taking into consideration each individual and their needs.
Our mission is to educate students, equipping them to discover their gifts, develop Christ-like discernment, and seek their life’s calling. Building Blocks Preschool recognizes the importance and the value of Early Childhood Education.
Learning Centers in Our Classroom
We don’t just play in our Preschool; we are learning! The most effective way for young children to learn is through play. Play is recognized as an important factor in the development of the whole child. It is through play that a child has the opportunity to express and present what he or she knows and imagines.
Our play-based program is filled with a changing variety of stations. Here is a list of the learning centers with some of the skills that children develop as they play:
Sensory activities: Rice play, water play and play dough are only a few ideas of sensory in our classroom. Sensory play is a medium for creative expression and an outlet for feelings while developing their attention span. When playing in these areas children estimate, pour, measure, share ideas with peers, ask questions, problem solve, use and control hand muscles.
Music and Movement: Children learn to express creativity in developing their coordination and learn about body and spatial awareness while building confidence, rhyme and rhythm.
Gross Motor Play: Large motor development involves going for a walk, outdoor games, ball play, running, climbing, etc… Gross motor activities are to help children develop coordination and muscle development.
Dramatic Play: When children play dress up and pretend to be someone else they learn to play cooperatively, make decisions, be responsible, share and take turns, speak and listen, role play, and be imaginative.
Socials, Science and Math: In these discovery centers and circle time children observe, experiment, predict, solve problems, make decisions, and discover. We daily introduce children to problem solving, addition, subtraction, sequencing, graphing, sorting and more through games, songs, literacy and interactions.
Art Center: Free art is always open! Children develop social skills, hand eye coordination, imagination, fine motor skills, creative expression, problem solving skills, concepts of size, colour, shape and texture.
Block Center: Building with different shapes, sizes and materials helps strengthen hand eye coordination and strengthens muscles. Children learn to share, build cooperatively, develop math concepts of size, weight, shape and space.
Early Literacy: Early literacy is a key component to our program and has been incorporated throughout our room. Tools used for early literacy include, books, CD stories, puppets, labels, music, felt stories, games, rhymes, puzzles, etc. Children develop awareness of letters and sounds, new vocabulary, storytelling skills, confidence in speaking with an audience, and a solid start in their pre-reading foundation.
The day at a glance
Quiet time: Children choose a book and sit quietly and look at books while friends settle in and join them at the circle area.
Opening Circle: Daily routines, show and tell, weather, calendar, bible verses, etc.
Art, Free play and Table Activities: Children will explore the different interest centers set up, daily art activity, dramatic play, gross motor opportunities, blocks, sensory table, etc.
Clean-up time: All children are encouraged to participate.
Snack time: Wash hands, sit down for snack, prayer of thanksgiving.
Circle time: Music and movement, stories, group games, discussion time.
Outside play (depending on weather): Children engage in large motor activities.