Things to Know…
- Preschool will start on September 3rd from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, Monday – Friday.
- Lunch will be provided by the school at the current lunch prices.
- Special Education services are offered for qualifying students at no cost.
- Transportation will not be provided by the school.
- We are waiting state approval for additional funding. If funding does not get approved we would anticipate the cost to be around ten dollars a week. Financial aide available for all family incomes
- Offering full or half day preschool services.
- Low area cost compared to surrounding preschools.
- Highly Qualified staff will be working with your child.
- You will need to register your student online to attend the preschool. Computer will be available at each location for your convenience if you do not have one available.
- Lewis Cass District Office – 100 S. Main, Walton, IN
- Lewis Cass Elementary School – 6540 E. St Rd 218, Walton, In
- NEW TO THE CORPORATION – Please contact Lewis Cass Elementary at (574) 626-2504 OR the administration building at (574) 626-2525 to get a username/password to register your student online.
- CURRENT PARENT – If you are a parent with a student currently in the district and would like to add your child you need to call the elementary at (574) 626-2504 to have the new student added to your account, then complete the registration process.
Areas of Focus for a Successful Student at Lewis Cass Preschool
We will focus on five key areas: academics, arts, motor skills, relationships, and play while having FUN! All of these areas combined give your child the best pathway for success. Your child may be strong in some areas, but need work in others. Our goal is for every student is to be proficient in every area.
Just as gross motor skills enable your child to perform important everyday tasks, such as getting out of bed and going downstairs for breakfast, fine motor abilities allow for increasing independence in smaller but equally significant matters: opening doors, zipping zippers, brushing teeth, washing hands, and so on.
When combined with increasing hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills also open new doors to exploration, learning, and creative expression. In fact, research shows that emphasis on purely intellectual activities—memorization of letters and numbers, for instance—is far less useful at this stage than pursuits that encourage fine motor abilities and hand-eye coordination.
The connection between child and teacher is more important than any curriculum. This is what every parent knows by instinct: nice teachers matter, especially for very young children. This is first time in many instances that your child will be separate from you for any extended period of time. It is very important that these new adult relationships with a teacher be nurturing and positive.
Play and having FUN!
Most parents assume if there is a focus on ABCs and 123s, it is drill and kill, and there is little room for play. Great preschools do both, and success in the early years of a child’s education often allows children opportunities to explore the building blocks of literacy and math through play.
Other kinds of play are just essential as well. Imaginative play, for example. Some form of daily “pretend play” improves emotional/behavioral skills. And emotional/behavioral skills predict academic performance later. When you visit the school, look for a costume corner, art up on the walls, pretend kitchen sets and pairs or small groups of children working together creating and collaborating.
Some sort of physical play helping children develop gross motor skills matters, too. There is a direct correlation between the gross motor skill development of a preschooler and long-term health.