All programs incorporate our SPROUTS Curriculum. Jr. Kindergarten is a Kindergarten Prep Class that is Theme-Based. All lessons and activities are based off of the literature for the day. Each week, the students are introduced to new concepts that build on previous lessons to continually develop academic, social, and emotional skills such as letter recognition, science, and math while working on fine and gross motor skills.
The goal of Jr. Kindergarten is to help instill a love of education and learning while preparing the students for their next steps in their academic development whether that is Kindergarten or 1st Grade. Our goal is to help develop the whole child - academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.
Families take turns providing a dry and healthy snack throughout the year.
At this age there is more of an emphasis on teaching the students how to share and be good friends than discipline.
Welcome to Jr. Kindergarten! My name is Alicia Armstrong. I was born and raised in Lake County, Illinois. I am married and live with my husband and daughter, Charlotte, and my two dogs, Wrigley and Milo. When I am not working, I enjoy reading, crafting, and being outside with my family.
I began working in childcare in 2009 when I started working in the afternoon program at a local Montessori school. Not long after I started, I began working full time as an Assistant Teacher in a classroom with children 3 to 6 years old. I was amazed and curious about the lessons the children learned and about the Montessori Method.
I took my Montessori Training at the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee and received my diploma in 2013. I began teaching with a passion to educate the families I worked with about education and child development.
I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a focus on education. I use what I learned about child development and psychology to understand the emotions each child experiences and to understand their behaviors. Through my many years of experience as a teacher I have enjoyed inspiring the children to follow their curiosity and discover new things, whether that be through reading or hands on experiences like digging in the dirt to get a closer look at the worms.
Ms. Alicia will be the Lead Jr. Kindergarten Teacher and helping LGCS to enhance and develop our programs.