All Lupine Lane programs implement a progressive approach to educating the whole child, considering individual intellectual, physical and emotional needs. Our Preschool Program utilizes a “whole child”, integrated approach and includes a variety of hands on experiences in music, art, cooking, dramatic play and more.
Our thematic approach allows children to delve into themes in multidimensional ways. We examine real world concepts such as ecosystems, the universe, prehistoric life and beyond through literature, science, mathematics, art and more. Generally, our examinations of different subjects culminate in a field trip, bringing the study full circle. For example, in the past, when we have discussed the farm environment, we had classroom discussions on farm animals and crops, constructed a child-sized, four dimensional farm, read a multitude of books on various aspects of the farm, grew typical farm crops and studied how the plants grow, and much more. Then, we took a trip to a local farm where children had the opportunity to milk a cow, feed chickens, examine eggs, discover worms in compost and study a bee colony. These meaningful experiences provide real world application and enhance classroom lessons in reading, math, science, language and cultural studies.
Children’s literature is a cornerstone of each day. A strong presence of books instills a love of reading. Kids are encouraged to evaluate information and formulate questions and plans to process the presented material.
Twice a week, (once for MWF and TTH children and twice for M-F children) the kids have a Spanish lesson.
We use the Texas Pre-kindergarten Guidelines to inform short and long term goals, lessons and assessments. In addition, we maintain a relationship with local Kindergarten teachers and administrators, in order to keep our hand on the pulse of expectations of incoming students.
In addition, we incorporate Living Values, an educational program that emphasizes global values such as peace, respect of self and others and tolerance. Children learn about other cultures and gain tools that allow them to understand and embrace differences. The program encourages social interaction as well as self-reflection.