PREPRIMARY

The University Lake School Preprimary, or preschool, program is comprised of grades JK3, JK4 and SK5.

Preprimary students view chickens

LIFELONG LEARNING SKILLS

ULS believes our Preprimary — or preschool — students should be respected as capable, curious and inquisitive. Teachers encourage students to observe, question, hypothesize and experiment in meaningful investigations. Students use the strategies of mathematicians, scientists, authors and artists during these investigations. With this approach, our preprimary students’ learning extends far beyond basic skills. Most importantly, students advance to the Lower School excited about learning, with a solid foundation to further develop lifelong learning skills.

REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH

University Lake School’s Preprimary programs reflect the internationally recognized Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood and preschool education which fosters:

  • The interest of each child
  • In-depth investigations
  • Collaborative group work
  • Dramatic play
  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
Because they are encouraged to observe, question, hypothesize and experiment in authentic, meaningful investigations, the children’s learning extends far beyond basic skills.

Preprimary students play a board game

SCHEDULE

Half day: 8 a.m. – noon
Full day: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

JK3 (3 years olds*)
2-day option: half or full day (T/Th)
3-day option: half or full day (M/W/F)
5-day option: half or full day

JK4 (4 year olds*)
5-day option: half or full day (half-day attendees can choose optional T/Th or M/W/F afternoons, as well)

SK5 (5 year olds*)
5-day full day: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

*Must be 3, 4 or 5 years old by September 15th of the enrolling year and potty trained/ self-sufficient in the bathroom.

ULS Lower School Head Adriana Hollenbeck discusses the importance of preschool on The Morning Blend.