Early Childhood

Our Model

At Lesley Ellis School we follow a "developmental" model of education.  Understanding that each child has a unique developmental trajectory, our goal is to provide what each child needs to thrive.  We do this through hands-on exploration of creative materials, such as wooden blocks, paint and pretend play props.  Teachers act as guides, scaffolding chidren's growth by interacting with them as they explore.  Children also develop social-emotional competency as they learn how to be productive members of a classroom and school community.

As children learn and grow at Lesley Ellis School, successive programs build on the experience and learning of past years, providing a solid underpinning as children develop into confident, curious, lifelong learners. Our early childhood program is designed to introduce the building blocks on which our elementary program is constructed.

Preschool

Overview

Preschool is a time for new discoveries. Children delight in doing things "all by myself" in preschool, from washing hands to completing a tricky puzzle.  Our warm, safe classroom environments support their growing sense of autonomy. Children are fully engaged in creative activities throughout the day, having fun while also developing a solid foundation for learning.

Program

Our preschool program offers many options for parents, including three-, four- and five-day morning choices (8:30-12:30), as well as a full range of afternoon (until 3:15) and afterschool (until 5:30) options. In addition, we offer all the special subjects available to our older students, including

  • Spanish
  • Creative movement (with early childhood specialist)
  • Music
  • Library

Prekindergarten

Overview

Prekindergarten children are especially interested in making interpersonal connections and begin to forge exciting friendships. Throughout each day students are immersed in stimulating hands-on activities, enabling them to learn new skills while socializing with peers. They are also developing longer attention spans and the ability to verbalize their ideas. Teachers build on these developmental changes by exploring more abstract curriculum units, such as "Houses and Homes Around the World," "Family Food Traditions," or "Recycling".  Each prekindergarten class quickly becomes a cohesive group, allowing for a variety of large group activities, such as Yoga, practice with reading a "Morning Message", and lively class discussions. 

Program

Prekindergarten at Lesley Ellis is a five-morning program (8:30-12:30), with afternoon (until 3:15) and afterschool (until 5:30) options and includes:

  • Spanish (2x/week)
  • Creative movement
  • Music
  • Library
  • Art (taught by specialist teacher and working artist)
  • Technology (1-2x/month in Lesley Ellis Computer Lab)