Kindergarten – K5
Have you ever wondered what it’s like in the K4/K5 world at LCS? If so, consider this your invitation to learn about this very special place. Of course, you are always welcome to observe our program in action!
“Memorable” is a great word to describe the Early Childhood experience at LCS. Children enjoy exciting centers, field trips, Grandparent’s Day, special holiday events, Olympics, musicals, piano recitals and much more. But this barely scratches the surface of the fun our little ones have – all while learning as they are “playing.”
When your K4/K5 child joins the LCS family, he or she will live, laugh, love and learn. 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.
LCS 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 ABEKA 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 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.
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.
We use Zaner Bloser in teaching handwriting. Tactile activities such as writing in sand, cutting clay, writing on a chalk board, picking up small items with tweezers and painting on easels are used to develop large and fine motor skills.
K5 Tuition & Fees (19-20)
2019-2020 Tuition Rates and Fees
K5 Tuition Rates:
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- K5 Application Fee (New Students): $150.00
- K5 Enrollment Fee (New Students): $350.00
- K5 Matriculation Fee (Returning Students): $350.00 (January 14-February 28), $450.00 (March 1-April 30), $550.00 (After April 30)
- K5 Activity Fee: $100.00
- The school year begins in August and runs concurrently with a standard school year. Payment options include a 12-month payment plan, although the K5 program is not in session during the summer months.
Full tuition is charged for the oldest child. The second child receives at 10 percent discount, and the third child receives a 20 percent discount. Beyond three, each additional child receives a 50 percent discount. NOTE: The multi-child discount does not apply to Discovery Program tuition or for part-time students.
K5 Typical Day
Daily K5 Schedule
*Students may be dropped off any time between 7:20 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
8:05 a.m. – Day begins – Attendance and morning work
8:30 a.m. – Pledges, prayer and Bible
9:00 a.m. – Phonics lesson
9:30 a.m. – Literacy centers and guided reading groups
10:38 a.m. – Lunch
11:05 a.m. – Read aloud
11:30 a.m. – Specials (PE, Music, Art, Library)
12:10 p.m. – Calendar Math
12:30 p.m. – Recess
1:00 p.m. – Math or Fab Lab
1:45 p.m. – Snack time
2:00 p.m. – Special theme activities
2:30 p.m. – Pack for dismissal
The students also participate in library time, computer class and a Spanish class once a week.
These small group activities have two goals: the first is to have hands-on activities to reinforce and enjoy the topic of study we have just finished. Activities such as painting, games, journal writing, crafts and some type of cooking/decorating activity are set up in a rotational form. The second purpose is to give our parents the opportunity to be involved with their child’s school experience. It is a wonderful time of discovery for the students.
Nursery Rhyme Centers and Parade
Christmas Centers (Christmas story dramatized)
Daddy and Me Winter Centers
End-of-Year Party – Centers and Picnic
Valentine’s Day Centers (with ice cream sundaes)
Creation Care/Florida Black Bear Centers
PJ Day with Bear Activities
100th Day Celebration
Silly Sock Day
Mother’s Day Tea
Our K5 center themes include:
Florida Black Bear
This evening is set aside to give parents an overview of our reading program. Handouts of useful tips are given to each parent, along with a “tool bag” of fun reading tools to help your child read.
The entire LCS school family comes together to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through this event. Students in grades 3-12 participate, but students in grades K4-2 are encouraged to attend.
Each child in grades K4-5 participates in field events, fun relays and an obstacle course. Parents are invited to join the fun as well.
All of the students create and display several pieces of artwork for the public to view.
Mother’s Day Tea:
This is a wonderful time for us to show our love and appreciation for our moms. Dads will be on hand to serve as our “waiters” as tea is served to the mothers and students. The children participate in a special program for the moms.
Nursery Rhyme Parade:
Each child (and teacher!) dresses up as a favorite nursery rhyme character, and we parade throughout the school showing off our costumes. This is an enjoyable time for everyone and is immediately followed by nursery rhyme centers.
100th Day of School Celebration:
“Zero the Hero” and his sister, “Zerona,” visit the kindergarten classrooms on this extra special day. We sing songs, play games, have a 100th day treat, bring in 100 items and participate in many other activities. It is a fun day designed to help children learn numbers and place values.
Creation Care Week:
Special events are held throughout the week to celebrate God’s creation. Kindergarten students pay special attention to the Florida Black Bear, and we end our unit with centers. Parents are welcome to attend.
Kindergarten End-of-the-Year Program:
On the last day of kindergarten, all of the students put on an evening performance, “Kids Under Construction,” directed by Ms. Nancy Snyder, the elementary music teacher.
Grandparent’s and Grand-friend’s Day:
This is a K4 through fifth-grade event. All grandparents and grand-friends are invited to come for a light breakfast and special program. After the program, they are able to visit the classroom(s) of their grandchildren.
Dads are invited to come for a few hours to play learning games, make crafts, decorate cookies and just enjoy time spent with their child at school. It is a great learning experience for both the parent and child.
Kindergarten Piano Recital:
Students in the piano program participate in a recital while the rest of the class enjoys the special performances.
Fifth Grade Buddy Program:
Each child is paired with a fifth grade student as a buddy for the year. Once or twice each month, the students get together with their buddy for fun activities such as reading, making a craft, sharing favorite games and having parties. This is a wonderful time where friendships are established that last throughout their school experience.
Students in the K5 program go on three field trips during the school year:
Lakeland Fire Department
J & M Equestrian Park
Lowry Park Zoo