What is a typical day in school like?
A typical day at LIP would involve the following routines:
a. Free Play - provides opportunities for learning and social interaction. Self-directed centers of interest or "learning centers" are set up to allow children to independently choose activities that help them separate and adjust to the beginning of the day.
b. Circle & Meeting Time - consists of a more structured group setting that promotes social interaction, learning group expectations ( rules for group behavior ), skills in talking, turn taking, listening with focus, and the communication of individual ideas. Children participate in discussions record their attendance, the weather, mark the calendar and sing songs. The teacher also often uses this time to transition the children for the day’s activity or lesson.
c. Activity /Art Time - is where the school's core curriculum takes place. Based on the school DAP approach to learning, skills such as reading, math, science, language and writing are integrated under one theme that children can easily relate to. The DAP approach allows each child to move at a pace appropriate for their age while giving enough flexibility for the teacher to nurture children with advanced skills or special needs
d. Snack Time - Self-help skills such as washing hands, preparing their own snacks and sharing are developed. Snack is also a social time where children learn table manners and have an open communication with the teacher.
e. Reading/Story Time - Using the school's four prong approach to reading developed by the U.P. College of Education, the children are not only taught how to read but also develop a genuine love for reading.
f. Outdoor Play/ PE Time - Large motor, physical exercise and social skills are components of this activity.
g. Elementary Preparatory Time – the Kindergarten children are exposed to the routines through teacher directed learning. They are also trained to answer worksheets, drills and exams. Mock assessments and mock interviews are also done every first Friday of the month. For the Junior and Sr. Nursery levels, their fine motor skills are enhanced through writing and art activities.
Will my child be able to move-up to grade one once he finishes Kindergarten?
Depending on the child's age, the school prepares children to enter grade 1or the elementary level at any school of their choice. The school's elementary preparatory program ensures that children are adjusted to the routine and rigors of the elementary school.
How will I know what my child is learning or his progress in school?
The school uses several methods in keeping the parents informed not just of their child's progress in school but also what is happening with the school as a whole.
- Communication Notebook - each child receives a communication notebook upon enrollment. The notebook is used as a regular communication tool for both teachers and parents.
- Daily Learning Checklist - is an outline of what the child will learn every day.
- Student’s Feedback - is an observation report regarding the child’s behavior and development in school. Feedback may be given when the need arises or normally every two weeks.
- Benchmark Assessment Report – The first two weeks from the opening of classes, the children are assessed in terms of physical, social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive aspects. A report is given after the assessment.
- Student's Individualized Goals - is an outline of goals set by the school whether to help or enhance student’s development. This is normally given after the Benchmark assessment depending on the result and is re-evaluated at the end of each term.
- Developmental Check list and Narrative Report- is a comprehensive report that details all the expected skills that children should have achieved within the year. Report is given at the end of each term.
- Gazette - gives a summary of the school's activities for the month. Gazette is released monthly through e-mail.
- Parent-Teacher Conference - is a one-on-one meeting with the parent to discuss the child's development
What is the maximum number of children in the classroom?
The maximum number of children per level is 10 students. There are two teachers for each class and 1 roving teacher assistant.
Can I still enroll my child even if school has already started?
Yes. The school presents its topics by themes and there is an integration of the different subjects. That is why the school's curriculum and approach to learning allows children to enroll within the school year. Skills are discussed again within the school year.
Can my child attend a trial class before enrolling in school?
Yes. If you are unsure if your child is ready for school or simply want to tryout the school’s program, the trial class is the best way to go. The trial class will run for two (2) weeks and is absolutely FREE. Children undergoing the trial class will attend school just like everyone else. He will receive the same materials, the same activities and the same assignments. At the end of the trial class, the school will provide the parent with a comprehensive report detailing the child's performance during the trial period.
Are there payment terms for tuition fees?
Yes. Tuition fees may be paid annually (with 10% discount), Semi-annually, Trimestral or Quarterly. For Quarterly payments, the school requires post-dated-checks.
Do children have to be toilet trained to enroll?
No. Children develop at varying age, toilet training may not present itself even at age two and a half. Teachers can assist parents during the child's period of toilet training. Therefore, it is perfectly alright for children to attend school while still in diapers and/or pull-ups.
How are "separation problems" handled with children?
Parents are encouraged to introduce their children to the teacher as a person they can trust and be comfortable with. This helps in the building of confidence. Consistency will play an important role, it is best to keep “good-byes” sweet and short. Lingering good-byes can be painful to children. We will inform the parents if we feel the child needs the company of a nanny to help in the adjustments and make the separation easier.
What if my child doesn't speak English?
Young children learn English by listening to other children and by teaching, modeling and caring of the teachers. Regular school will help promote the English language. The school also has an ESL enrichment program that parents may enroll their child.
What does my child need to bring to school?
The school provides your child with the necessary classroom materials such as crayons, pencils, rulers, glue, papers, scissors and worksheets and drills that they may use. The child is only requested to bring extra clothing and snacks.
Is there a waiting area for Yaya's?
We have a designated area for parents, guardians and yayas while they wait for the children.
What is the school's Security Policy?
The school employs the services of a security guard to ensure the safety of the children. A fetcher's Id is issued to the child's parent, guardian or primary caregiver. Only those whose name and pictures appear on the Id will be authorized to pick-up the child during dismissal. Individuals not on the ID will need to be verified with the child's parents.