Curriculum

The Learning Center for Young Children (LCYC)


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Our Philosophy

The Learning Center for Young Children (LCYC) believes in nurturing self-confidence in children by providing experiences which help develop the ability to be independent, to listen to and follow directions, and to solve problems. The program is designed to help children develop cognitive skills such as counting and recognition of letters, numbers, shapes, and sounds through informal activities and educational games, play and hands-on experiences. Our play-based programs place an emphasis on helping children learn the discipline of social interactions.  The program provides a relaxed atmosphere of loving and caring in which children are encouraged to develop their own talents, uniqueness and self-esteem.

Our Curriculum

All classes include age appropriate versions of the following activities:

  • Free Play - including block play, water play, dramatic play, easel painting, play dough, books, manipulatives

  • Circle Time - this is a time to share, learn about a particular topic, and is often when teachers incorporate reading, movement, and music into the school day.

  • Reading - teachers read a book to the class and children are given time to look at books independently

  • Snack - simple healthy snacks are served daily including items like water, juice, fruit, crackers, cheese, bread, cereal, etc.

  • Outdoor play - on the school's enclosed playground equipment or indoors in the church's large social hall room where we bring out tricycles, balls, and climbing equipment for children to use.

  • Art - teachers provide a project for children to complete but creativity is given free reign. We understand that for preschoolers, it is the process, not the end product that is important.

  • Music & Movement - children engage in music and movement with teachers daily

  • Round Robin - held Fridays in January and February for 3 & 4 year old classes.  Classes rotate between

    • science - participate in a science experiment and learn scientific terms

    • gymnastics- develop large motor skills by playing games and completing an  obstacle course (balance on a beam, climb, learn to do a somersault, etc.)

    • literature/music - hear a story, dance and sing


Two Year Old Classes & Parents Day Out

The curriculum explores colors, shapes, animals, holidays, family and the senses. To support our play-based learning philosophy, we provide a wide variety of free play toys and other items to help children develop their creativity. Children learn how to safely and kindly interact with adults and each other.  They develop their small motor skills by painting, gluing, playing with play dough and shaving cream, working puzzles, etc. Large motor skills are developed by climbing, running and jumping on the playground, as well as dancing, pretend play, marching, and other music and movement activities.  Sorting and matching activities develop early math skills. Early literacy is fostered by reading aloud, encouraging children to look at books independently, and playing with alphabet toys and puzzles.

Three Year Old Classes


2-day/week class


More details coming soon.

Field Trips: Hills Gymnastic Center, Noyes Library Story-time

3-day/week class

Each month, activities focus on different themes such as the seasons, holidays, colors, friends, family, feelings, fairy tales, community helpers, animals and growing things. The class cooks twice a month, making a variety of items, such as cookies, muffins, pretzels, and fruit salad.  “Mystery” veggies become a focus in the spring when each family gets an opportunity to bring in a “mystery” veggie that the children explore by touch (in a touchy-feely box where they cannot see it), smell and taste. Children also grow lima beans and flowers.

Field Trips: Hills Gymnastic Center, Noyes Library Story-time


Four Year Old Classes


3-day/week class


More details coming soon.

Field Trips: Fall/Winter/Spring Walks, Homestead Farm, Kensington Fire Station, Noyes Library Story-time, Hills Gymnastics Center, Great Harvest Bread Company


5-day/week class

Class topics center around preparing children for the numerous field trips they will take during the year and/or holidays. For example, students learn about fire safety topics prior to visiting the Kensington Fire Station. Children complete individual journals after each field trip, work daily counting on an abacus and learning about the calendar. They complete daily writing (learning to write their names) and art projects. Good manners in public spaces, self-control, following directions, safe habits for walking and riding in cars are all part of the curriculum.

Field Trips: Building & Grounds Tour, Fall/Winter/Spring Walks, Homestead Farm, Kensington Fire Station, Noyes Library Storytime, Hills Gymnastics, Kensington Post Office, NASA Goddard Visitor Center, National Zoo


Extended Day


Children love staying for lunch with teachers and friends. A continuation of the school day, extended day includes lunch from home, more play time and a special project.

Music & Science Monday


The staff help children explore the uses of their voice, i.e. talking, whispering, shouting, and singing. The children learn to match pitch, participate in activities with rhythm instruments, and investigate the science of sound so that they understand how sound is produced. Each session contains singing activities, rhythmic experiences, listening exercises, and movement. Natural tie-in’s to science are included as part of many sessions. The class focuses on Science from January through June. The children learn the scientific method working on projects and experiments during class time.



The Learning Center for Young Children

10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD 20895

301-949-2933
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