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Lakeland Christian SchoolOne of the core values of LCS is the belief that we are partnering with parents in the Christian education of their children. We believe that mutual respect, communication and involvement by all partners is essential for success of our mission.LCS is a school. We believe that being a Christian school and being a top-flight academic institution should not be mutually exclusive. On the contrary, we take the mandate of Colossians 3:23 that calls us to strive to be the best. We provide a variety of rigorous, engaging, academic and co-curricular activities that enable students to identify and express the full range of their unique gifts and abilities.
When your kindergarten (K5) child joins the LCS family, he or she will live, laugh, love and learn. Kindergarten at Lakeland Christian’s Early Childhood program is developmentally appropriate, which encourages children to grow and mature naturally in every area of life. By the end of the K4 year, the goal is for each child to be prepared socially, emotionally and academically for K5. Each child is considered as an individual, and the faculty meets each where he or she is.
Lakeland Christian School’s Early Childhood faculty members are passionate about their work with the youngest children on campus. These teachers live for the Lord and serve at LCS because they really want to be here! Their love for the Lord overflows as they intentionally model that attribute for the students.
Even at this youngest level, the faculty teaches each subject and activity in the light of God’s Word. The teachers do an amazing job of applying the Scriptures to the young lives in their care.
If you have any questions about our Early Childhood program, feel free to contact Mrs. Luci O’Byrne, Elementary Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (863) 688-2771.
We use the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Bible curriculum. We teach Bible stories featuring both Old and New Testament characters that reinforce character and Christian living.
A balanced approach to reading is the best strategy we have found for our Lakeland kindergarten program. We use Open Court Phonics in teaching our phonemic awareness and phonological skills. Children are also taught phonics through songs, poems, read alouds and guided practice. The other component to teaching reading is through small group instruction called Guided Reading. We feel the need to differentiate reading in small groups, meeting three to four times each week. We use a variety of strategies to teaching reading. Literacy centers are used to reinforce skills previously taught. Children are engaged with these during the morning as guided reading is being taught. We use parent volunteers to help with these centers. Lastly, children are given 105 sight words during the school year to facilitate their reading.
We use a hands-on approach in teaching our math curriculum. Each new concept is taught as a whole group using rich literature, a song or other engaging activities. Math centers, small group instruction and individual instruction are used to help the kindergarteners learn to apply the new concept. Singapore math terminology and number sense concepts are introduced.
Science and Social Studies:
Science and social studies are integrated throughout our language arts curriculum. We study topics such as zoo animals, plants, presidents and symbols of the United States, pilgrims and the Mayflower, seasons of the year, ocean animals and community helpers.