Sparks | Age 4

These inquisitive older preschoolers are honing their skills and preparing for Kindergarten. As they seek independence, we encourage cooperation, giving hearts, and Godly character.

Our Approach

Our developmentally-appropriate, hands-on approach ensures that children are exposed to a diverse array of learning activities in core pre-academic areas such as literacy, math, and science, as well as in other essential areas including spiritual, physical, social, and emotional well being. 

The children in the Sparks class enthusiastically engage in purposeful and spontaneous play, in conjunction with tasks supported and guided by a teacher.  This gives the children time to explore, investigate, problem solve, and learn. 

Through intentional teaching practices, our Sparks program helps children grow in confidence and Christian character.  It promotes social-emotional and spiritual growth, as well as motivation and advancement of skills for future academic success.   

Children must be 4 years old by September 30th in the year of enrollment. Our staff to child ratio is 1:9 with one teacher and one assistant, and a maximum capacity of 18 children per class.

Handwriting Without Tears

Handwriting Without Tears is a comprehensive and engaging writing program that is incorporated into our Sparks’ class curriculum. This program, which is backed by years of research, uses a multi-sensory approach to teach writing in a stress-free environment. 

Teachers

  Susan Haemmerle  (Lead Teacher) has been a part of the LHCP community for 4 years. Susan received her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Master's degree in Teaching from Seton Hall University.  Susan has over 25 years experience in teaching and continues to attend professional development workshops to keep her up to date on the latest educational advancements.  She has a certification in the Orton-Gillingham Reading program, which is a specialized program for reading efficiency, and she is receiving training in Handwriting Without Tears this summer.  Susan's love of God, and expertise in teaching shows in all she does.

Susan Haemmerle (Lead Teacher) has been a part of the LHCP community for 4 years. Susan received her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Master's degree in Teaching from Seton Hall University.  Susan has over 25 years experience in teaching and continues to attend professional development workshops to keep her up to date on the latest educational advancements.  She has a certification in the Orton-Gillingham Reading program, which is a specialized program for reading efficiency, and she is receiving training in Handwriting Without Tears this summer.  Susan's love of God, and expertise in teaching shows in all she does.

  Eileen Maltese  (Assistant) has been with LHCP for over 20 years and has worked with the 2s, 3s and 4 year olds, as well as in the Kindergarten Enrichment and Lunch Bunch programs. Her warmth and love for children is evident in the classroom.  Eileen, along with all of our team members, receives on- going training throughout the year to continue her education and deepen her understanding of best practices in the early childhood field.  

Eileen Maltese (Assistant) has been with LHCP for over 20 years and has worked with the 2s, 3s and 4 year olds, as well as in the Kindergarten Enrichment and Lunch Bunch programs. Her warmth and love for children is evident in the classroom.  Eileen, along with all of our team members, receives on- going training throughout the year to continue her education and deepen her understanding of best practices in the early childhood field.  

CLASS OFFERINGS

FOUR DAY OPTION
DAYS: Monday-Thursday
TIMES: 9:00am-1:00pm
TUITION: $527/month

FIVE DAY OPTION
DAYS: Monday-Friday
TIMES9:00am-1:00pm (Mon-Thurs)
               9:00am-12:00pm (Fri)
TUITION: $660/month


EXTENDED DAY AND ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Early Bird Drop-Off at 8:30am - $6/day
  • Extended Day Until 2:30pm - $18/day
  • Additional Day (Friday) - $36/day
  • Little Hearts Yoga and Dance - Sessions held throughout the year
  • USA Sports - Sessions held throughout the year
  • Wee Little Arts - Sessions held throughout the year

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We are Sparks for Jesus,
Sparks to light the world,
We will shine for Jesus,
As we tell each boy and girl!
We will hide God’s word in our hearts:
We will serve Him right from the start:
For His love we never can part,
For we are Sparks! Sparks! Sparks! Sparks!
Sparks to light the world!