Lexington Friends Preschool strives to create a preschool environment that is centered around the development of the whole child by emphasizing play-based outdoor learning, character development, and multi-sensory academic experiences that follow the pedagogical philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Lexington Friends Preschool values the beauty and simplicity of childhood and encourages children to exercise their imagination and natural curiosity in the world around them.
Play-Based Outdoor Learning Research shows children who spend time in nature are better able to problem-solve, be creative, relate to peers, and perform in academics. Read more about the Benefits of Nature-Based Learning. At LFP children engage in unstructured, imaginative play in the outdoors rain or shine, mud and snow. Children are provided with natural play materials and spend hours baking mud cupcakes with pinecone sprinkles or sailboats with bamboo stalks. Open-ended materials and unstructured play time encourages healthy development of a child’s imagination and wonder.
When children are engaged in meaningful play with one another, they are better able to utilize critical thinking skills to problem solve, collaborate, and practice peaceful conflict resolution amongst each other.
Character Development Social and emotional development are at the core of a child’s daily activities during their preschool years. Children learn best when their emotional needs are met. At LFP lessons of peace and kindness are taught throughout the day through stories, puppet plays, and collaborative group projects. Children learn to be respectful of living plants and animals and each other through careful teacher modeling and the freedom to move throughout the classroom to interact with their environment. By honoring each child’s unique personality and through careful observation of how best to meet each child’s emotional needs, LFP teachers create warm, welcoming classroom environments that allow children to feel safe and connect with adults and peers.
Multi Sensory Academics Our morning Montessori programs provide distinct learning experiences to meet different learning styles. Teachers aim to prepare children to leave preschool and Kindergarten with the skills they need to pract
ice good citizenship, become stewards of the environment, and motivation to extend kindness to others. We recognize the Montessori pedagogy allows children the freedom to build self-confidence, independence, and creativity within themselves they will carry as they grow into young adults.
The Montessori toddler, primary, and Kindergarten classrooms follow the guiding philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Teachers present lessons to individual or small groups of children based on that child’s developmental readiness and interest. Children are encouraged to make independent work choices from a variety of language, math, science, sensorial, cultural, and practical living activities. Read more about a day in a typical Montessori classroom.
Community Within the walls of our preschool, LFP works to develop a culture of service to our community. Community partnerships and outreach help children learn the importance of service to others. Whenever possible we support local businesses for school fundraisers and celebrations. Past partnerships and outreach include:
- Kentucky Refugee Ministries
- Connie Griffith Apartment Tower
- Radio Lexington
- Art on the Move
- Bluegrass GreenSource
- The Plantory
Not only do we value service to others in our neighborhood community, but consider the relationships between teachers, parents, and families to be an integral part to our school culture. Since opening in 2015, LFP families have grown to rely on each other for support and encouragement, laying the foundation for strong friendships among teachers, parents, extended family, and of course, the children!