In all classrooms we encourage an atmosphere of love and warmth, a peaceful environment, consistency, flexibility and choice. Children are empowered to explore and experiment.
Our Pre-K classroom provides for children aged 3 years, 10 months to 5 years, 6 months.
The Pre-K child is getting ready for the upcoming challenges of elementary school. The curriculum encourages them to explore their own ideas and to develop creativity. Along with art, dramatic play, music, language development, science, outdoor play and cooking, the children are preparing for their next adventure - "Kindergarten." Their development is enhanced through interaction with educational computer games, creating graphs, dictating what they have learned through the Reggio program of documentation, along with starting letters, and using words, numbers and more.
The Pre-K classroom is nestled on the far side of the Twos and Threes classrooms. With a flexible partition adjoining the Threes classroom, the partition can be opened to create one large one open space for all upper classes. The Pre-K classroom has a reading area, kitchenette, circle area and tables and chairs for activities and meals. The Pre-K classroom offers direct access to the exterior partially enclosed playground, which offers space for play, meals and outdoor activities.
Art Class with teacher Sara Martin – Tuesdays through Thursdays
Children will do Reggio-Emilia inspired art with teacher Sara - they will be given the opportunity to create, explore and experience themselves through art. They will get to work with an array of art mediums like clay, different kinds of paint, wood, and things found in nature, like leaves, branches, sea shells, sand, etc. They will participate in observational drawings, collages, sculptures, crafts and an introduction to sewing which they will explore in different ways overtime. Art will be displayed around the classrooms and throughout the school. Approximately 30-45 min each class.
MUSIC CLASS WITH TEACHER ERNEST DAVIS – 2 MONDAYS AND 2 THURSDAYS A MONTH
Teacher Davis brings a variety of instruments for the children to learn about and hear their sounds. They learn new songs and participate with this hands-on class. Children are also encouraged to play instruments that Mr. Davis provides for them, dance to new beats and sing along with him. Music is a great way for children to develop intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.
Gym & Yoga Class with teacher Zoe Welch – 4 Wednesdays a Month
This 30-minute class provides a chance for young children to increase their activity and develop socially and physically. Skills learned in gymnastics can benefit a child’s overall development. Children in this class learn to balance and have better coordination, patience and taking turns, self-confidence and follow directions but most of all, to work cooperatively with other children. Additional cost: $50 / month
WOODWORKING Class with teacher SYLVIA SCHORN – EVERY TUESDAY
Teacher Sylvia is the originator of the “Woodworking and Art Club” program. Children enjoy the program in various schools throughout the greater Los Angeles and South Bay areas. Kids in elementary schools, kindergartens, preschools, camps and parties get the chance to explore and work with wood, a natural, wonderful material. Her passion is to bring fun, creativity and playful learning into the lives of young children. Her motto is “You can never make a mistake in art.” Teacher Sylvia is also an accomplished jewelry designer, painter, ceramist and her latest passion is her 3D wood installations. She received a fashion design degree in Europe and taught art at LACMA. Her artwork is featured in galleries and exhibits in Europe and the United States.
Sandy has 7 years of experience working with preschool children. She has a B.A. in human development from Binghamton University and completed over 30 hours at a Masters level in social science and early childhood education. She joined Les Enfants in 2016 and is very knowledgeable on preparing children for Kindergarten.