Along with Montessori, Piaget and others, we feel a quality early childhood program is based on the premise that children learn by doing, by interaction with concrete materials and experiences, and that our goal as teachers is to provide as wide a variety of materials and experiences as possible.
We provide activities that encourage growth and development of the total child. We strive to convey that if a child's effort is genuinely the best s/he can do, it is respected and praise is given for the process, not always the 'perfect' final product.
When considering the total child, there are six areas of development that need to be recognized: social, emotional, creative, physical, cognitive and life skills. Activities and projects are presented daily to enhance each child's growth and skill level in all areas. Each child's progress is continually assessed; in both Kleines and Kinder Hauses, a formal evaluation conference with the teacher whose small group your child attends is held in the spring. Extracted from www.lakeshorechildrencenter.org
KLEINES HAUS DAILY SCHEDULE
(2 years 9 months - 4 years 2 months)
7:00-7:30 a.m. EARLY PROGRAM Children engage in free choice activities.
FREE CHOICE ACTIVITIES
Children arrive and play with toys, blocks, and games. In addition, art supplies, manipulatives and building toys are available. The front room opens first, with the back room and yard opening as teachers arrive.
BREAKFAST is served in the back room from 8:15-9:00 a.m.
10:20-10:35 a.m. CIRCLE TIME
Everyone gathers together. Songs, stories and finger plays are presented. The theme for the week and upcoming activities are discussed. Children are dispersed into their small groups.
10:35-11:15 a.m. SMALL GROUP TIME We break into three groups of about eight children each for a project planned by the teacher according to the skill level of the group. Activities reflect the weekly theme and involve small and large motor skills, language, pre-math, pre-reading, music, perceptual motor games, creative movement, exploring on walks, cooking, and science concepts.
11:15-11:30 a.m. LARGE MUSCLE PLAY Children play out in the yard, or in Barnett Hall if it is raining.
Children gradually prepare for lunch; they use the bathroom, wash hands, etc.
11:30-12:00 p.m. LUNCH
Children bring their lunch from home. Milk or juice is provided to children who do not have a drink with their lunch, or need a little extra.
12:00-12:30 p.m. FREE PLAY
Children play in the yard and then gradually begin preparing for nap.
12:30-1:00 p.m. STORY AND SONG TIME We sing songs and have a quiet story before nap.
1:00-3:00 p.m. NAP TIME
Children do not have to sleep if they do not want to, but all children must lie quietly on their cots.
3:00-3:30 p.m. SNACK TIME
Children eat the snack that the Center provides in the back room. Cots are put away and the front room is readied for the afternoon activities.
3:30-5:00 p.m. FREE CHOICE ACTIVITIES Children can do the project that a teacher sets up in the front room, the back room and outdoors. The project often reflects the weekly theme, and involves art, cooking, science, language skills, etc. Children can also use free choice materials.
5:00-5:30 p.m. STORY TIME
The group has quiet 'wind-down' activities in preparation for going home (songs, stories, finger plays, cassette tape stories, etc.).
The Center closes at 5:30 p.m. except for children enrolled in the Late Program.
5:30-6:00 p.m. LATE PROGRAM
Children have activities indoors, in Barnett Hall, or outdoors in the play yard until they are picked up.
KINDER HAUS DAILY SCHEDULE
(Four years, two months to six-year-olds)
7:00-7:30 a.m. EARLY PROGRAM Children have free choice activities in Kleines Haus.
7:30-8:00 a.m. FREE CHOICE ACTIVITIES (in Kleines Haus)
8:00-9:30 a.m. FREE CHOICE ACTIVITIES (in Kinder Haus) In both locations, children may choose from books, games, manipulatives, etc., set out by teachers. The front room opens first, with the back room and yard opening as the teachers arrive.
8:15-9:00 a.m. BREAKFAST in Kleines Haus.
9:30 or 9:40 a.m. GROUP ACTIVITIES Children are divided into a Kindergarten and a Pre-K group. The Kindergarten group begins at 9:30 a.m.; the Pre-K at 9:40 a.m.
CIRCLE TIME (20 to 30 minutes)
Children engage in songs, games, stories, movement and other large group activities. The weekly theme is discussed.
GROUP TIME (approximately an hour) Children engage in structured activities involving pre-reading, pre-writing, language arts, math, and large and small motor skills as well as science, cooking, and art.
COMPUTER TIME (10:00 to 11:20 a.m.) The Pre-K class has computer time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with half of the group participating on Tuesday and the other half participating on Thursday. The Kindergarten class will have computer day on Wednesdays.
On non-computer days, children will work in a small group environment that will enable them to receive one-on-one attention.
11:20-11:45 a.m. LARGE MOTOR SKILLS Activities include music and movement as well as outside play.
11:45 a.m. LUNCH
Children eat in the back room and front room. When finished, each child is responsible for cleaning his/her own place and putting away his/her lunch box.
12:30-12:50 p.m. FREE PLAY
Children play in the yard and the back room (after clean-up) while the front room is readied for nap time.
12:50-1:00 p.m. Children prepare for nap time. They empty sand from shoes, use the restroom, etc.
1:00-3:00 p.m. NAP TIME
Children do not have to sleep, but all must lie quietly on their cots. Soft music stories are played for the first half hour. At about
2:30 p.m., children who are not napping work at quiet activities such as drawing, puzzles, reading, etc.
3:30-5:00 p.m. FREE CHOICE ACTIVITIES Children may choose to do the project that the teacher has set up in the front room, back room, or yard. They may also choose their own activities in each area. The projects reinforce the weekly theme and/or curriculum and involve art, science, cooking, etc.
5:00-5:30 p.m. STORY TIME
Children engage in quiet stories, songs, games, etc., in preparation to go home.
5:30-6:00 p.m. LATE PROGRAM Children play indoors in Barnett Hall or outdoors in the play yard until they are picked up.
Extracted from www.lakeshorechildrencenter.org