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La Petite Academy

4270 S Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89103-3104

(702) 252-0155


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Learning is all around - and we take advantage of that in our children’s learning centers. Children learn best when they are engaged and interested, and what better way to do that than to have fun with learning?

"Play with a purpose" guides our unique age-specific programs and curricula, each designed to move your child ahead developmentally, intellectually and socially in an environment that's warm, nurturing and fun. And, of course, school readiness is a main goal for all of our programs.

We view nearly every activity in which your child engages as opportunities to teach. So when you visit La Petite Academy and see children playing with others, in our learning centers, or alone reading a book, you'll know they are all learning. And having fun.

A Typical Day

What Your Preschooler's Day Is Like
It won't take very long before your child is walking into the preschool classroom like he owns the place! In fact, most preschoolers enter the classroom and go straight to their favorite Learning Center activity from the previous day.

Morning Circle Time
Once all the children have arrived, our day begins with Morning Circle Time. Here, your preschooler will sing songs, help the teacher determine today's weather, participate in a charting activity entitled "I Spy," determine their daily schedule and talk about what Center activities and journal topics are available for the day.

Each Circle Time has a daily discussion topic. For example during the unit "Art Adventures," the teacher may bring in different kinds of colorful fruit and show the children how to make paint from the fruit. The class could discuss how, long ago, artists created paint from fruits or plants.

Preschoolers learn math and language skills during Morning Circle Time, but just as important, they improve their ability to concentrate on a larger group activity for more than a few minutes, participate in changing daily discussions and experiment with different language and body movements to communicate with their teacher and peers.

Learning Centers
Next, your child will participate in a Learning Center activity of his choice. For example, during the "Art Adventures" unit, a Reading and Listening Center activity is to listen to a recording of 'Harold the Purple Crayon', a book by Crockett Johnson, and create a purple crayon drawing. An Art Center activity introduces the children to the wonderful art of Georges Seurat by having them imitate Seurat's artistic style of Pointillism. In the Math Center, the children might experiment with their own well-measured recipes to create their own play dough.

Throughout the unit, there are over 75 Learning Center activities for the teacher to introduce. Every activity that is done throughout the day is tied to a specific Learning Objective.

Once your child has completed his initial Learning Center activity, he can choose another activity. The preschool teacher works with the children in small groups to extend the Learning Center experience. For example, during the Reading and Listening Center activity, the teacher might review the book and ask the children to talk about their purple crayon creations. In the Math Center, the teacher will gently encourage children to further their investigations by adding more materials to their play dough, and make sure that children are reinforcing important cognitive vocabulary words such as "more," "less," "the same," etc.

Later in the day, the children will come back to the Learning Center to finish a project they started in the morning, work on their journals or pick up a whole new game to play and learn.

After Center Time, the children typically go outside to exercise, burn off some energy and develop their gross motor skills. Believe it or not, our teachers perform assessments outside, too.

Learn more about our Learning Centers.

Literacy and Language Enrichment
Literacy and Language Enrichment activities are designed to foster a love for reading. Your child will gather with the rest of the class to read a story, sing a song and/or act out a favorite book. For example, within the "Art Adventures" unit, one Literacy and Language Enrichment activity is to read the book, 'In the Garden with Van Gogh' by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober. When the class finishes the book, the teacher uses the Starry Night painting to build a visual display with the children - they draw a chart with stars, a tree, a sock, a moon, etc. and use the chart to search for the items within the painting. After the children find the item, they record the information on the chart paper.

La Petite Academy believes in using quality children's literature to help make your child a lifetime reader. You will enjoy many of the theme-related books that your preschool teacher shares with your child.

Music and Movement
Just wait until your preschooler teaches you his Music and Movement song. This is a great time during the day for your child to get active, learn fun, new songs and expand his vocabulary. During the Artistic Treasures unit, the children sing a song to the tune of "Wheels on the Bus" called "The Brush in your Hand" - during the song they learn about all the different ways you can work with paint brushes to create beautiful art.

The Home Stretch
After Music and Movement, our day comes to a close with more outside play and afternoon Circle Time. During afternoon Circle Time, the children will review what they have learned, share their favorite Center project and look ahead to tomorrow.

Your Ride Home
The "Car Talk" will give you a snapshot of what your child did that day. We urge you to use the Car Talk information as a going-home routine to reinforce learning, and build self-esteem and enjoyable communications with your child. It's a great way to avoid the "I don't know" response when you ask him what he learned today.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

One of the keys to ensuring the best Academy experience possible for your child and yourself is great communication. We hope you'll speak to us often about what your child is doing at home. For our part, the Academy has many ways to keep you updated on what he does while he's here and what is happening at the Academy.

Every day, our Preschool teachers provide each family with a Car Talk, which gives you clues as to how to interact with your child and learn about his day at school. This interactive exercise provides insight into what your child is learning at La Petite Academy, while extending their learning experience into the home.

To help build a relationship with your child, our teachers welcome the opportunity to chat with you on a daily basis about what happened at school and what exciting things might be happening at home.

View a Car Talk sample.

Each week your Preschool teacher provides you with a written overview of the literature from that week, the learning objectives that were covered and the particular activities and learning centers that your child enjoyed.

Look at a preschool weekly summary.

Each Unit
At the beginning of each unit, you will receive a letter that details the theme, the literature and objectives that will be covered, and a Family Involvement Activity to help you extend the learning at home.

The Family Involvement Activity ties to the activities that are taking place in your classroom, and includes a variety of options for your family. There are take-home sheets, invitations to join the class for snack-time, opportunities for parents to provide the class with family recipes, etc. The activities provided are quick, inexpensive and easy.

View a sample theme newsletter.

Each month you will receive a newsletter that describes the months Kids of Character trait and activities.

Check out a sample Kids of Character newsletter.

Per Quarter
We hold parent-teacher conferences during the 1st and 4th quarters to go over your child's progress reports and assessment results, your child's work and interactions in the classroom. In addition, you will receive progress reports during the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

Look at our Preschool Individual Learning Objective Summary.

Journals and Portfolios
Journals and Portfolios are always available for the parents to review. We've found that parents really look forward to seeing the drawings and notes from their preschoolers.

Artwork Displays
The best way for you to quickly learn about what your child has been doing is to look around his classroom. Our classrooms proudly display the wonderful work that the children have completed, and each display is labeled with the date and name of the activity. It's a great way for you to provide immediate feedback to your child.

Family Communications Centers
The Family Communications Center within your child's classroom is the place to find the lesson plan, menu, daily schedule and any current newsletters from the classroom. This is an easy place for you to go to glance at the highlights of your child's day.

Take-Home Folders
Each child at La Petite Academy has a folder, which includes items for you to take home, such as the newsletters, artwork, notes from the teacher, etc.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school