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Lighthouse Learning Ctr

100 Southwoods Ctr
Columbia, IL 62236-2458

(618) 281-8181


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our purpose is to provide a Safe, Secure and Nurturing Environment for your Children, while offering them Many and Varied Opportunities for Continuing Emotional, Intellectual, and Physical Growth.

We believe that \"readiness\" for formal schooling is based on meaningful play. Children play with important math concepts as they set a table, counting to be certain there are as many place settings as children, or discover what happens when 12 crackers are divided evenly among 6 children. Counting to 20 and recognizing numbers are also important skills, but an understanding of the concept comes through play.

One important way children play with the concepts of reading and writing is by pretending to read and write letters or make books, even though many of the marks they make may not yet resemble letters, or collections of letters may not spell words. By dictating their own stories or messages to an adult who will write them down and read them back, children learn that their words are important and can be permanently recorded. Children play with sequence by retelling favorite stories and acting them out. Reciting the alphabet and writing letters correctly are skills adults recognize, but these are only part of the process.

We believe basic care routines provide as much opportunity for meaningful learning to occur as experiences planned for circle times and learning centers. Instruction in hand washing and toileting, sensible eating and proper care of materials is as important to a well planned curriculum as learning colors, shapes and letters.

During these critical years, if a child learns to play successfully, and through play gains self-confidence and an ability to cooperate with others, that child has gained the most significant learning for life.

If a child learns to communicate thoughts and feelings in positive ways, and to accept responsibility for actions, that child has learned a lifetime skill.

If a child learns to make choices and initiate productive activities, he/she has learned to take independent action that will produce lifetime rewards.

Our objective is to provide ample opportunity for these foundations to be laid and strengthened. We believe the young child learns through play and that the preschool years should be happy ones filled with a variety of meaningful experiences
Excerpted from the preschool's website