East Lake Academy

A Private PreK Through 8 Catholic Academy

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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