Curriculum & Daily Routine

Curriculum & Daily Routine

We are open Monday-Friday 7:00 am-6:00 pm (see our School Calendars page for more information). We open the school with one room, when more children and teachers arrive, we will split up into our individual classrooms.

We spend our morning (roughly 8:30-11:00) divided into classroom groups for ‘traditional’ preschool time. The children in each group may range in age but their skills are such that they are compatible.  We do regular evaluations/assessments on all children and when necessary, we will move children around. During class time the children will have a chance to play outside, have a snack, circle time for songs and stories, play inside classroom centers, and participate in art & science projects around themes relating to the time of year, children’s interests, and holidays.

Our Classrooms

Our Yellow Ducks are children ages 2-3½ and the Red Birds are 3 & 4-year-olds. We currently have two classrooms for children going on to kindergarten or TK the next school year; the Brown Bears and the Green Frogs.  We use a play-based curriculum for each age group that covers Language & Literacy, Math, Science, Health & Safety, and Social-Emotional Development. The curriculum is set up in a way that gives the children the opportunity to interact with each other, ask questions and encourage exploration. It is not a kindergarten boot camp, but a program designed specifically for the needs of preschoolers.

We will provide a morning snack (Cereal & Milk, Graham Crackers & Milk or Pancakes & Milk, depending on the day), parents provide lunch (about 11:45) and enough food for the child to choose an afternoon snack. Our half-day children go home by 12:30 and all children who are full-day will have a rest period from 12:30-2:30, parents provide a sheet & blanket. After rest time the children will play together inside and outside and have an afternoon snack (parent provided) at about 3:30. Most of our afternoon is spent together in mixed-age groups. One of the advantages of mixed age groups is that each child can seek out his own level, his own speed, his own interests. He can interact with children who are developing the same skills or who have already mastered the skills in which he is working toward. Each child has the opportunity to receive help from others as needed and may act as the helper in return. Thus, the environment provides for the child to act as both learner and teacher.

Children who are not yet toilet trained are welcome, parents bring the diapers we provide the wipes. When it comes to potty training we have found there is a BIG difference between Ready and Curious! All the curiosity in the world will not prepare a child for successful potty training unless they are showing multiple readiness signs. As children begin showing the signs of readiness we can work with you and assist with potty training by offering extra reminders.

How do young children learn most effectively?super

Studies have indicated that young children learn best when they:

  • Actively participate
  • Work at their own pace and in their own style
  • Talk with each other
  • Use real, authentic objects
  • Follow their natural curiosity
  • Experiment to find solutions to their own real problems
  • Choose what they want to do
  • LEARN THROUGH PLAY
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