Preschool

Learning through play...

The school year generally starts in early September. Parents will be notified of the dates on a year-to-year basis. Before term begins, there is usually a meeting for parents to attend in late August and, additionally, there is an Ice Cream Social with parents and children invited. The Ice Cream Social takes place close to the first day of school.

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Classrooms

Our bright and sunny classrooms are the perfect environment for children to engage in active play and learning throughout the day.

Schedules

All preschool classes have a basic morning schedule but both can be extended until 3:30 pm.

Morning
Afternoon

The Bears

Ages 3 - 4
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon | Wed | Fri
Age 3 on or before September 30

The Lions

Ages 4 - 5
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon | Tue | Thur | Fri
Age 4 on or before September 30

Extended Day

Ages 3 - 5
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mon | Tue | Wed | Thur | Fri
Drop-in Days
Space allowing, children can occasionally attend LNS on additional weekdays to make up a full week. Drop-in days require advance notice with Director or Lead Teacher.

Daily Schedule

Morning greetings, hand washing, free play, journals, writing our names and developmentally appropriate themed art or science exploration, followed by clean up and snack. Following snack, we move into circle which includes calendar, counting, singing , dancing and reading a story and discussion of the theme subject and a game.

The rest of the morning is spent outside where, depending on the season or weather, we might be playing in the water, making mud pies, riding bikes or scooters, sledding, building snow forts, shoveling, looking for treasure, playing on the climbing structure, swinging, going for walks- anything to keep us outside.

Morning Drop Off: 8:00 am - 8:30 am
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Morning Classes

Play/Art/Journal

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Snack

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Circle Time

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Outdoors

10:45 am - 11:45 am
Morning Class Pick-up: 11:50 am - 12:00 pm
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Afternoons / Extended Days

Lunch

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Story Time

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Quiet Time

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Free Play

2:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Afternoon Pick-up: 3:30 pm
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Activities

In addition to our regular preschool programming our classes include several other activities throughout the year.

Every month our classes are visited by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. LNS children get treated to special visits by VINS staff with live animals, animal skins & furs, engineering projects, and much more.

We take several field trips throughout the year to local farms, nature exhibits and other outdoor locations. We also receive visits from our local first responders where children can put hands on a working firetruck and receive some educational tips from our local firefighters and police officers.

VINS staff release owl into nature
preschool boy crawling on floor with large turtle shell on his back
owl perched on man's outstretched arm
preschool teacher and students picking apples on a farm
firefighter teaching preschool children while crawling on floor
VINS staff release owl into nature
preschool boy crawling on floor with large turtle shell on his back
preschool teacher and students picking apples on a farm
owl perched on man's outstretched arm
firefighter rolling on floor with preschool children