Welcome to the LWP Family!
How did LWP Start?
Little Woodland Preschool is owned by a husband and wife duo who have a passion for educating young minds while still letting a child be a child. Aaron and Kelsi Sykes took over ownership of the Lake Mills Campus in February of 2020 and the Belleville Campus in May of 2021. Kelsi has a background in Early Childhood Education. Aaron is educated in finances, business, and overall anything that you would ever need to know about business. Overall their goal is to create a place that is made not only for children to learn but to thrive.
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The foundation of the Reggio Emilia approach lies in its unique view of the child. In this approach, there is a belief that children have rights and should be given opportunities to develop their potential. Rather than being seen as the target of instruction, children are seen as having an active role as an apprentice. This role also extends to that of a researcher. Much of the instruction at Reggio Emilia schools takes place in the form of projects where children have opportunities to explore, observe, hypothesize, question, and discuss to clarify their understanding. Children are also viewed as social beings and a focus is made on the child in relation to other children, the family, teachers, and the community rather than on each child in isolation.
At Little Woodland Preschool (LWP), our mission is to educate children to be creative, critical thinkers. We integrate developmentally appropriate academic education with child-driven activities in all areas, focusing on the arts and sciences. At the same time, we promote the emotional and physical health of the children. Our goal is to create lifelong learners who reach their full potential as contributors to the community.
Our Unique Approach
Our image of the child is that they are capable and unique individuals who should not be confined to a standardized form of learning. We believe children should be free to explore and discover the world around them in a safe, loving, and fun environment. Here at LWP, we strive to provide this type of environment and give each child an opportunity to learn individually, grow healthy bodies and minds, and form meaningful relationships.