Lakota's Preschool program provides a nurturing environment that supports the intellectual, academic and social growth of young children. It is designed to serve both students with a range of disabilities as well as typical preschool students who pay a tuition to attend.
The model is built on the premise that preschool-aged students with disabilities, as well as those with typical learning styles, can both benefit and grow academically by learning alongside one another. "Center-based classrooms" are comprised of equal numbers of both types of learners.
Creative Curriculum® for Preschool
Lakota Preschool uses The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, Guided Edition as its framework for curriculum. Lakota teachers then develop guided and differentiated lesson plans that build on The Creative Curriculum framework.
It is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features inquiry, exploration, and discovery as the foundation of all learning. As a content-rich, developmentally appropriate curriculum, it delivers academic rigor alongside social-emotional learning and cognitive development. And, it brings meaningful interactions and learning to life.
Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment
Teachers pair curriculum with The Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment. The assessment model used in GOLD follows widely held expectations for children from birth through third grade and enables a whole-child approach to assessment.
Color-coded progressions guide teachers toward selecting and adapting activities that support each child’s development and learning. Meaningful reports inform classroom practices and individualized instruction.
Learning through Play
Lakota preschool staff promote learning through play. With this approach, children are developing skills in all areas of development: cognitive, physical, communication and social/emotional. Through play, children practice and reinforce these skills in a way that can’t be achieved through worksheets or screen time, for instance.
Parents play a key role in helping their children build early social and sharing skills at home each and every day. In preschool, children will learn how to
- Share and cooperate;
- Work together and take turns;
- Participate in group activities;
- Follow simple directions;
- Communicate wants and needs;
- Regulate emotions;
- Delay gratification; and
- Negotiate with others.