Early Childhood

The Importance of Nurturing Curiosity at School

Posted on: April 26th, 2018

Words by Araina Jewell, Director of Curriculum, Academy at the Lakes Do you remember the days when your infant or toddler put everything in her mouth, from her toes, to a toy car, to the edge of the coffee table? Do you remember when your young child opened up every lower cabinet in the kitchen […]

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Questions to Ask Your Child’s Early Childhood Teacher

Posted on: August 1st, 2017

For many children, the new school year has just begun. As parents of young children entering their first few years of school, you may have many questions for your child’s new teacher. In some cases, though, you may not even know where to begin! Below we have shared a list of questions you may want […]

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Teacher Feature: Mrs. Melissa Ovitt

Posted on: January 15th, 2016

“Life is too short not to be happy.” This is Mrs. Melissa Ovitt’s favorite quote and it isn’t too hard to see why. After all, optimism and joy are essential for what she does: wrangle a classroom full of PreK3 students alongside Ms. Becky White, her equally sunny teaching assistant. Spend just a few minutes […]

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A Color of His Own Preschool Craft Ideas

Posted on: July 9th, 2015

A Color of His Own Preschool Craft Ideas

Like all of the grade levels at Academy at the Lakes, our rising PreK3 students have a summer reading assignment. This encourages students to read with their parents and continue their education while enjoying vacation and the Florida sunshine.

In conjunction with the summer reading assignment, preschoolers engage in a related activity that they will share in class on the first day of school.

PreK3’s summer reading assignment for the 2015-16 school year is A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. This is a cute story of a chameleon trying to find his place in a very colorful world.
As the book revolves around color, so does the corresponding assignment. Our preschoolers are instructed to create a picture using their favorite colors. The choice of media is up to the student – paint, markers, colored pencils, crayons. The opportunities are endless!

It is with this inspiration that we present you with several arts and crafts project ideas inspired by this adorable book, A Color of His Own.

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Photo Bomb: Halloween at Academy

Posted on: November 5th, 2014


Halloween festivities were in full swing last Friday at Academy at the Lakes. Students, teacher and faculty dressed up for the day’s activities.

Lower Division students came across the street to McCormick Campus and went trick-or-treating on Middle and Upper Division.

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How to Read to Your Child

Posted on: October 16th, 2014

How to Read to Your Child

Reading aloud is about more than learning to read, it is about making connections between parent and child.

Reading to your child can create an emotional bond like no other. It’s a bond that will withstand varying stages of growth and development and it also will provide an avenue to communicate.

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What to Expect on Your Visit Day

Posted on: September 24th, 2014

Part of the admissions process for Academy at the Lakes includes a student visitation day. This gives you, the student, an opportunity to get to know what life at Academy at the Lakes is like, and it gives our students, teachers, and admissions staff an opportunity to get to know you!

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Summer Reading Recommendations for Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Posted on: May 29th, 2014


Looking for some good reads this summer for your Kindergartener through 4th Grader? Here are some of the best books from the last year. With strong characters, fun plots and wonderful storytelling, all of the following books should provide plenty of entertainment for readers.

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Early Childhood Day of Achievement – May 2014

Posted on: May 13th, 2014

Congratulations to our Early Childhood students for their phenomenal performance at  Day of Achievement on Friday, May 9! All of the Early Childhood students had the opportunity to showcase highlights of the year through public speaking and singing. Following the presentations, students in PK3 joined their parents for fun PE games with Ms. Sandy on […]

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Lower Division Runs for Fun & Fitness

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013

The Annual fun run is the culminating event to our Lower division fitness unit. All the students are encouraged to have a goal in mind whether it be a top spot, jogging the entire race, or just to cross the finish line with a friend. Fitness can be fun and this years theme “If you […]

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