The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule and talk with children are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and to give your child a successful start in school. (More information on our philosophy can be found here.)
When you visit your child’s classroom, you see a room full of children playing. Like most parents, you probably wonder what your child is actually learning. Here are a few examples:
The following is an example of the general morning preschool schedule:
- 9:00 – 9:10 Greet each other. Each child is guided to a comfortable work place for independent play.
- 9:10 – 10:05 Divide into smaller groups for Teacher Directed activities and child choice play that includes, building, dramatics, problem-solving, math, science, Literacy, and art
- 10:00 – 10:20 Conversation time – large group meeting/large group activities
- 10:20 – 10:35 “Putting back in place” time, clean-up and bathroom
- 10:35 – 10:45 Story (quiet) time
- 10:45 – 11:00 Snack time
- 11:00 – 11:25 Outside play (All classes go outside every day when weather permits)
- 11:25 – 11:30 Dismissal
A similar routine is followed in the afternoon sessions.
Morning preschool sessions are from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon preschool sessions are from 12:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Extended Care Sessions:
The time before school (7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.), the period between sessions (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), and the period after school (3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) are the times of our Extended Care Program. This is a flexible program designed to accommodate working parents. It is meant to be utilized on a regular, scheduled basis.
The 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. period is a supervised lunch period. Children who are enrolled in the lunch program need to bring a lunch with them from home. Any perishable foods will be stored in the refrigerator until lunchtime. These perishable foods need to be clearly labeled with the child’s name and placed in a basket in the refrigerator. A staff member will remove these items from the refrigerator and serve them to the children at lunchtime.