Preschool Ages 3&4 Archives - East Lake Academy

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Tips for Preschooler Attention Issues

To at least some degree, all preschoolers will display some difficulty in paying attention, particularly when dealing with things that they don’t find especially fun or interesting. However, if you think your child’s attention issues may be something more, or if you simply want to help your child learn to pay closer attention, the following tips may help.Age-Related or Something More?Preschoolers are like little sponges, and they absorb the world around them at an astronomical rate. Their li..

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5 Books on Bugs Your Preschooler Will Love

Summer is in the air, and that means bugs – lots and lots of bugs. Whether your child seems to be entranced by these creepy-crawlies or terrified, familiarizing your child with insects is a great idea. Here are five different books on bugs that your child is sure to love regardless of his or her opinions on insects.#1 – The Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta This outstanding book by Jerry Pallotta is a fun way to teach your child the alphabet through the introduction of icky insects. N..

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Summer Learning for Preschoolers

Summer vacation from school has always existed, but back when the concept was conceived, it was to allow families to work together to raise animals and crops that would ultimately feed them through the winter months. These days, summer breaks give families opportunities to do things together, but it’s important that your kids never stop learning. Here are some reasons why your preschooler should be learning all the time.It Hones Critical ThinkingIn today’s high-tech world, critical thinking ..

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Summer Activities for Preschoolers

Summer is just around the corner, and that means it’s a few weeks of fun in the sun before school starts up again. If you want to make sure your child has a fun summer that is filled with learning opportunities, there are plenty of things you can do. Here are some awesome ideas for encouraging your child’s love of learning through summer activities.Check Out a Children’s MuseumDepending on where you live, you might have a children’s museum nearby. Even if it’s a bit of a drive, it’s ..

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Conversations about School Violence

With all of the violence in today’s schools and the nonstop media coverage that follows, it’s only reasonable to expect that your child might have questions. If your preschool-aged child comes to you with questions or concerns about violence in schools, it’s best to handle it as simply and as matter-of-fact as possible. Here are some guidelines for discussing school violence with very young children. Find Out Why Your Child is Asking First things first, before you can truly provide the rig..

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Toys that are for Preschool Learning

Toys are an important part of your preschooler’s learning and development, but not all toys are created equal. If you truly want to foster a lifetime love of learning, then you will need to choose toys that spark your child’s imagination and give him or her the opportunity to be creative. Here are five of the best toys to help your child do just that. #1 – The Moodsters Feelings FlashlightSmall children often have difficulty expressing their emotions. In fact, that’s why they often have ..

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Start Planning Summer Learning

Extensive research has revealed that Pre-K and Pre-School children can lose up to 22% of what they have learned during the year over the summer vacation period, especially if they are not continually stimulated during this time. As a result, it is strongly recommended that you start planning now to ensure that your child continues learning as much as possible during the longest vacation of the year – while still having fun too, of course.Encourage your Child to Read DailyWhen asked for ideas t..

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Tips to Pack your Pre-K Child’s Lunch

New school uniforms, backpacks, friends, teachers and classrooms can make starting Pre-School an exciting time for most children. Although you may have ensured that your child has all of the books, stationery and other items they need to ensure a successful school day, you may still be concerned about providing them with the best possible lunch options as well. Below are some tips for packing a nutritious and appealing lunchbox for your Pre-School child.Plan AheadTo avoid the last-minute rush of..

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Why Parents Love East Lake Academy

Although several children are able to thrive in a public schooling environment, many others simply cannot cope in settings where there are extremely high teacher to student ratios. This has resulted in a large number of parents choosing to place their Pre-K children into smaller private schools such as East Lake Academy.Obtain Top Quality EducationWhile many public schools can provide a great education, little else is able to match the quality of learning that is provided by small independent Ca..

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Pre-K Learning During Vacations

Although the primary focus of your Pre-K child’s vacation time should be for them to have as much fun as possible, there is nothing wrong with incorporating a little learning in here and there. Here are a few handy ideas for activities and tasks that will help ensure that your child is able to learn while still having as much fun as possible during vacation times.Get Them Involved in Arts and CraftsThis is one of the best ways to keep your child occupied when the first rounds of, “I’m bore..

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Educational Model is Designed for Success

Several of today’s adults may never have attended Pre-School or even kindergarten. However, constant changes and an increase in the use of technology in schools have made this a crucial part of a child’s education these days. Below are a few ways in which the educational model at East Lake Academy has been designed to ensure the complete success of you Pre-school child.Encouraging a Love of Learning from an Early AgeResearch has revealed in many cases that children who have the privilege of ..

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Furniture that Promotes Learning

Many people think that there isn’t much of a difference in the type of classroom furniture that is used. However, this is not the case, especially where younger children are concerned. There are various types of classroom furniture that have been made available to help promote and encourage learning in younger children, some of which will be mentioned below.Furniture that FitsFirst and foremost, it is crucial that child-sized furniture be used to accommodate younger children. Tables and chairs..

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Parents Preschool Wishlist

For many families, preschool marks the very first occasion in which kids are separated from mom and dad and instead surrounded by peers. Though this can be a troublesome time and lead to significant separation anxiety, there are things you can do to ensure your child has a wonderful preschool experience. Look for the following preschool wish list items when choosing a school, and you can rest assured that your separation anxiety will be short-lived.Shared Family ValuesOne of the most important t..

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5 Popular Educational Apps

With technology taking education over at a rapid rate, more parents than ever are keen to provide their kids with every available tool to ensure success. The 5 educational apps below have not only received a thumbs-up from teachers; Pre-K students also thoroughly enjoy using them.1. Starfall ABCsThis early learning app is fantastic for teaching the alphabet and phonics, while also encouraging young kids to improve their listening skills.Skills are taught audibly, visually and within sentences an..

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5 Amazing Field Trips

One of the best ways for young kids to learn about the world around them is by taking fun and educational field trips to various destinations. If you have been tasked with the project of finding great field trip destinations for kids of Pre-K or Pre-School age, the list below will help get you started.1. The Field MuseumDinosaurs and other creatures fascinate most Pre-School kids. The Field Museum in Chicago has a fantastic array of displays on offer that is sure to wow virtually any kids in thi..

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5 Amazing Books for Pre-K

Virtually every parent knows how important it is to read to their Pre-K and Pre-School kids regularly. However, when it comes to choosing age- and subject-appropriate books, many parents find themselves feeling overwhelmed at the sheer selection of reading material that is available. Below are five of the most popular books available for kids in these age ranges.1. Last Stop on Market StreetNoted for being a New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2015, this book features several..

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Student Preparations for Pre-K

Parents living in the Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, and Libertyville area have plenty of choices when it comes to their child’s care during the daytime hours. There are babysitters, there are daycare centers, and there are preschools and pre-K programs everywhere. If you have decided to enroll your child in a pre-K program at East Lake Academy, Chicago’s premier Catholic private elementary school, here are some tips for helping him or her prepare for the transition. “Pretend” Preschool Play O..

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Parent Pre-K Preparations

Preschool-aged children can experience some separation anxiety during the school year, and this is especially true if they have never been in such a setting before. Though these children will need some time to adjust to a new routine, where they must leave home and spend their days with other children their same age, sometimes parents need some help adjusting when they have to go to work, too. Here are some tips for making those adjustment simpler for both you and your child. #1 – Practice Bei..

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Importance of Pre-K Learning

Why Preschool Learning is So Important to Laying the Foundation for Future LearningWhen many of today’s adults were small children, preschool was not considered an important part of childhood. In fact, many of today’s adults never even attended kindergarten – they simply went to first grade and beyond. However, as the world continues to become a busier, faster, and more high-tech place to live, there is benefit in laying the foundation for future learning early on. Here are some reasons wh..

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Innovative Curriculum Ideas

Innovative Curriculum Ideas for Pre-K ClassroomsPre-K students are excited about going to school, learning, and seeing their new friends every day. While many schools (and even daycare facilities) don’t take a serious approach to learning at this age, private schools in Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, and Libertyville certainly do. At this young and impressionable age, innovative intentional curriculums combine learning with play to create the perfect environment for your little one.Introducing Techn..

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PreK News

Preschool students are developing important math concepts which will lead to future success in math. The Saxon math program, which continues through grade six at East Lake, is the base for this instruction. The age appropriate concepts are taught in small pieces and build gradually. Constant review ensures that concepts become second nature to students.In Pre K 3, students are first exposed to ideas like patterns, sorting, counting, and number recognition. In addition, children begin calendar ac..

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Preschool 3 & 4 News

East Lake Academy’s Preschool 3 year old and 4 year old classes use a multi-sensory systematic approach to begin teaching reading, spelling, and phonics. We present concepts and skills in a cumulative manner, beginning with our 3 year olds. The students in Pre K 3 are introduced to lower-case letters, how to form lower-case letters, and letter sounds are presented using keywords (pictures) to help them remember the primary sound for each letter. The same keywords will be used at East Lake, beg..

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Preschool-3rd Grade Spanish

On April 21st, East Lake Academy celebrated Spanish Heritage Day with performances from the students in the Preschool 3 year old program through 3rd grade. Their performances were not only memorable, but they brought one grandmother visiting from her native country of Colombia to joyful tears. She expressed her gratitude for a program that not only teaches her grandchild her native Spanish tongue, but also instills a love and appreciation for the many facets of her culture. Love and appreciation..

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Preschool 3 & 4 News

East Lake Academy provides students with complete formation in body and soul and in order to execute this mission, we must form “virtue and integrity and lead our students…to become sensitive toward the needs of others.”  This formation begins with our youngest Seraphim in the Pre K program and is accomplished through the structured and unstructured social opportunities provided to them.Socialization is an important part of a child’s development where they learn how to get along with ot..

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Syncing the ELA Calendar

Why Sync?While it can be common for people to copy, download, print and import calendars, none of these processes offers the real-time benefit of syncing. Once you sync to one or more of East Lake Academy’s calendars, updates and additions to those calendars are automatically reflected within your calendar system.  Click on the PDF below for easy to follow instructions.Google Calendar Syncing Instructions

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Tot Pray and Play- 2/2/16

Tot Play & Pray Date:Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited, with their toddlers, for fellowship, playtime, prayers, and songs. Please join us as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week at ELA. Tuesday, February 28:00am-9:30amEast Lake Academy GymCoffee, juice and snacks will be served.Bring a friend!For more information or to RSVP contact Julie Handrich jhandrich@eastlakeacademy.org 847-247-0035, Extension 204An adult must be present at all times during the Play & Pray Date.

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Physical Education

Middle SchoolIt's basketball time at East Lake Academy, and as we prepare for our upcoming basketball season, middle school students will be participating in a basketball unit for the next three weeks. The primary focus of this program is to help students refine their basic skills including: dribbling, passing and shooting, practicing taking free throws and lay-ups to the hoop, and improving offensive and defensive techniques. In addition students will participate in drills to polish these cruci..

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Preschool-3rd Grade Spanish

Spanish is a core subject at East Lake Academy, which in itself sets us apart from most other schools. However, it is our approach to teaching the language that makes us truly unique, and it all begins in our Preschool program where the children are exposed to conversational Spanish through song and play. Now in our ninth week of school, our kindergarteners are successfully reading in Spanish, first graders are conjugating verbs,second graders are writing their own original sentences, and third ..

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Preschool 3 & 4

Using the series by Ignatius Press, Who Am I, that is based on the writings of Pope John Paul II, the students are exposed to the teachings of the Catholic faith in an age appropriate way during daily Religion class. Children listen to gospel stories, and respond to them through songs, crafts and dramatization. They also develop a love for the Blessed Mother Mary, and experience reciting the Rosary. Children begin to understand the sacrifices Christ made for us as they experience the Stations of..

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