Babies are very special at Lake Murray Child Development Center. We designed our infant room to create a warm and secure environment for infants. From the peaceful atmosphere to the rocking chairs where babies are held and fed their bottles. Families develop their infant’s daily schedule and we maintain individual schedules to meet the needs of our infants and ensure consistency between home and daycare.
Our caregivers spend a lot of time cuddling and talking to babies, instilling trust and security. They encourage motor development and movement allowing babies to develop at their own pace.
Toddlers make great developmental strides and are meeting new challenges every day. They are learning new social skills and with that comes a new level of emotions. It is natural for toddlers to understand much more of what is being said to them than they are able to say on their own. At LMCDC, our energetic teachers aid the development of language and emphasize social growth through circle time, reading stories, singing lots of favorite songs, rhymes, and sign language.
In order to provide toddlers with the consistency and routine they crave, teachers plan days filled with a balance of quiet activities, spirited music and movement, and plenty of outdoor play. Toddlers practice self-help skills including hand washing, picking up their toys, and sharing with their friends
The two’s are at a stage where they are learning to express themselves as individuals and interact with their classmates and teachers. Our goal is to build verbal skills to help children communicate to satisfy their needs and curiosity. At this age, children are experiencing a wide range of emotions. At LMCDC, we help children understand and learn about emotions and practice building self-control. During the morning, circle time is used to enhance vocabulary, as well as introducing them to letter and number recognition. Outside time and free play within the classroom setting encourages our students to develop problem-solving and interactive skills. At the end of the day, children participate in theme-related activities which allow for socializing and the development of spatial and kinesthetic abilities. Although potty training is at their own pace, LMCDC teachers and parents work together to provide the best environment for success.
By the end of the year, we hope to accomplish with our two’s an understanding of self-expression and self-control to help them successfully transition into the three’s.
Young children are introduced to cognitive skills such as sequencing, matching, social skills, and language art skills such as story-telling and show and tell. Each learning center engages the child’s core components of development, encourages self-reliance, and provides opportunities to develop self-confidence. Learning through play in clearly defined areas of interest, promotes independence, fosters decision-making, and encourages hands-on involvement. Children also practice their decision-making as they navigate from center to center.
Outdoor activities are planned to help extend learning to the outside classroom. Large muscle coordination is developed through outdoor play such as running, jumping, skipping, and climbing. Children are encouraged to progress at their own pace according to their individual needs and abilities.
The four-year old preschool is a time for learning, exploration and fun! It is during this crucial year that children develop cognitive and coordinative abilities that they will use throughout their lives. Self-control, creative thinking and directed instruction are the three most important areas our 4K program focuses on. With these goals in mind, our primary directive is to give our young learners the necessary tools to thrive in Kindergarten and beyond.
The foundation of our instruction is based on the establishment of a familiar routine. Students can then achieve steady progress toward the development of their budding scholastic abilities, a genuine sense of accomplishment and will have been exposed to experiences that entertain their desire for fun and address their need for a challenge.
Elementary age students will look forward to LMCDC’s After-School program at the conclusion of each school day. Our qualified teachers will balance the children’s after-school needs with homework assistance, games, arts and crafts, interactive play, recreational and fitness activities.
Get ready for an exciting and adventurous summer at Lake Murray Child Development Center! Our summer program is a unique blend of fun and learning in a safe and nurturing environment. Summer Calendars are carefully planned into weekly themes and include a variety of fun and exciting in-house field trips and special camps.
Students also alternate between indoor and outdoor activities to help relieve those long, hot days while providing a variety of stimulating and age-appropriate activities. All activities are designed for children with varying skill levels.
Our program is designed to meet the needs and interests of the children at LMCDC ensuring their summer is a fun-filled and memorable experience.