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La Petite Academy

11378 Coloma Rd
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Phone:
(916) 638-5423

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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our philosophy is centered around the early education of your child. Our unique age-specific programs and curricula are designed to move your child ahead developmentally, get him ready for school and teach him important social skills - in an environment that's warm, nurturing and fun. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Sample Two's Classroom Schedule 6:00a.m. Greeting/Family Time Zone 7:00 Breakfast & Family Time Zone activities continue 8:30 Circle Time Activity (Alternative activities will be provided for children who do not choose to participate.) 9:00 Morning Snack/Care Routines (bathroom, diaper changing and hand washing) 9:30 Outdoor Classroom Children are encouraged to create and play games with their peers. Teacher directed activities as well as self-directed games are gross motor oriented. 10:15 Interest Centers/ Preschool Time: Teacher-directed activity (fine motor and/or language) Dramatic Play Center - props reflect theme/lesson plans Block Center - contains materials for independent play Creativity & Art Center- has available self-directed art materials as well as a predetermined art project that require some assistance from the teacher Language & Circle Time Center - books will be available for the children to explore on their own. There will also be teacher-directed activities that may occur during the week. 11:00 Teacher-directed activity (Music/Movement) 11:30 Lunch/Care Routines 12:00p.m. Rest Time Teacher-directed activities for children who are awake 2:00 Care Routines Teacher-directed activities (Manipulatives) Quiet listening music 2:45 Afternoon Snack 3:15 Interest Centers Teacher-directed activities (Thinking/Socio-emotional) Child-directed activities in interest centers 4:00 Outdoor Classroom 4:45 Circle time/Literature Exploration 5:15 Family Time Zone begins Teacher-directed activities (Language Development) 6:00 Family Time Zone continues Care Routines 6:30 Greeting parents/departure with children
Early Preschool Daily Schedule Opening-8:30am Exploration & Learning: Arrivals, breakfast, table work, large & small motor activities, learning center opportunities 8:30am Settling in, clean up 8:45am Morning Group Meeting: Welcome, daily review, attendance, jobs, weather, calendar, discussion topics 9:00am Music & Movement 9:15am Literacy & Language Enrichment: stories, poems, shared reading, and extension activities 9:30am *Early Preschool Projects & Learning Centers: Individual, partner, and/or small group child-directed & teacher facilitated work, observations & assessments 10:45am Transition/clean up 11:00am Outdoor Play Experiences 11:30am Handwashing

repare for lunch 11:45am Lunch 12:15pm Quiet Time 1:45pm Transition/afternoon snack 2:00pm Music & Movement 2:15pm *Early Preschool Projects & Learning Centers 3:15pm Transition/clean up 3:30pm Outdoor Play Experiences 4:00pm Afternoon Group Meeting: Review of the day, preview of tomorrow 4:15pm-Closing Exploration & Learning: Table work, large & small motor activities, learning center opportunities, welcoming parents *Learning Centers typically include: Science & Sensorial Center, Math & Manipulatives Center, Creativity & Art Center, Reading & Listening Center, Writing Center, Dramatic Play Center and Construction & Design Center
Preschool Daily Schedule Opening-8:30am Exploration & Learning: Arrivals, breakfast, table work, large & small motor activities, learning center opportunities 8:30am Settling in, clean up 8:45am Morning Group Meeting: Welcome, daily review, attendance, jobs, weather, calendar, discussion topics 9:00am Music & Movement 9:15am Literacy & Language Enrichment: stories, poems, shared reading, and extension activities 9:30am *Preschool Projects & Learning Centers: Individual, partner, and/or small group child-directed & teacher facilitated work, observations & assessments 10:45am Transition/clean up 11:00am Outdoor Play Experiences 11:30am Handwashing

repare for lunch 11:45am Lunch 12:15pm Quiet Time 1:45pm Transition/afternoon snack 2:00pm Music & Movement 2:15pm *Preschool Projects & Learning Centers 3:15pm Transition/clean up 3:30pm Outdoor Play Experiences 4:00pm Afternoon Group Meeting: Review of the day, preview of tomorrow 4:15pm-Closing Exploration & Learning: Table work, large & small motor activities, learning center opportunities, welcoming parents *Learning Centers typically include: Science & Sensorial Center, Math & Manipulatives Center, Creativity & Art Center, Reading & Listening Center, Writing Center, Dramatic Play Center and Construction & Design Center
Morning Circle Time
Once all the children have arrived, our Pre-K day begins with Morning Circle Time. Here, your Pre-K child is exposed to many different routines designed to increase her oral vocabulary, graphing skills, social and verbal interaction skills, and her ability to actively participate in group activities. Circle Time also gives the teacher the opportunity to work with the class as a group before they branch off into smaller groups.
Every day your child will participate in challenging routines, like:
Your Opinion Counts. Here, your child will learn to share her opinions and evaluate her feelings. As the class tallies everyone's opinions, she will learn math concepts like graphing, counting and comparison. She'll also work on word and letter recognition. Click for example 1.
Weather. Each Pre-K classroom has a 'meteorologist' for the day - one child who helps discuss the weather and how we prepare for it.
Calendar. A calendar helper helps determine what day it is, the number of days that have passed in the month, that are left in the month, until the teacher's birthday, etc. The class also works on patterning - the teacher may vary the colors within the calendar every few days to see if the children catch on to the pattern.
Job Chart. Pre-K children are excited about helping out during classroom routines. During Circle Time, the teacher reviews the Daily Jobs, and the children share their experiences with the jobs in prior days.
Kids of Character. Often the teacher will discuss the Kids of Character trait with the children.
Music and Movement
Music and Movement is a great time during the day for your Pre-K child to get active, learn fun, new songs, and expand her vocabulary. During one Young Authors Workshop Music and Movement activity, the children skip around to 'I'm an Author Today' sung to the tune of 'Zip-a-dee-do-dah.'
Song and Poem Time
Songs, poems and stories are part of every day in the Pre-K classroom. Of course, they're fun for the children, but we also use them to introduce key concepts such as letters, rhythms, rhymes, vocabulary and sound recognition.
For example, once the teacher is finished introducing the poem, she will ask the group about words that rhyme, words that begin with similar or different sounds, certain vocabulary words, and other elements designed to foster language and communication development. These are all key tools that will help your child learn to read when she enters kindergarten. Our Pre-K teachers use Scholastic's Building Language for Literacy Curriculum, which has colorful, inviting learning materials and characters.
Center Time
Next, your child will choose which Learning Center Activity to participate in. In the Learning Centers, children explore, inquire and discover solutions by themselves, with a friend or in groups.
Throughout each 2-3 week unit, there are over 75 Learning Center activities for the teacher to introduce. Click for example 2. Every activity that is done throughout the day is tied to a specific Learning Objective.
Once your child has completed his initial Learning Center activity, he can choose another. The Pre-K Teacher works with the children in small groups to extend the Learning Center learning.
Later in the day, the children will come back to the Learning Center to finish a project they started in the morning, work on their journals, or pick up a whole new game to play and learn.
Outdoor Play
After Center Time, the children typically go outside to exercise, burn off some energy, and develop their gross motor skills. Believe it or not, our teachers perform assessments outside too!
Story Time
To foster a love for reading, your child will gather with the rest of the class to read a story, sing a song and/or act out a favorite book. La Petite Academy believes in using quality children's literature to help make your child a lifetime reader. You will enjoy many of the theme-related books that your Pre-K teacher shares with your child.
The teacher will spend time on each page asking the children open-ended questions about the characters, certain word sounds they've been learning about, words that rhyme with words in the book, etc. This helps your child better understand how sounds come together to form words, how to use beginning and ending sounds to recognize different words, and how to comprehend text. All of these skills will go a long way in helping her get a running start toward learning to read in kindergarten and beyond.
Lunch and Quiet Time
After lunch the children have an opportunity to wind down during Quiet Time. Each child has a cot that they may rest or sleep on. They are also allowed to play quietly. As the school year progresses, the amount of Quiet Time decreases. Most kindergarten programs do not have Quiet Time and we want your child to be prepared for what she will experience there.
Music and Movement
Just wait until your child teaches you his music and movement song. This is a great time during the day for your child to get active, learn fun, new songs, and expand her vocabulary.
The Home Stretch
Our day comes to a close with more outside play and afternoon Circle Time. During afternoon Circle Time, the children will review what they have learned, share their favorite center project and look ahead to tomorrow. The teacher also reviews favorite songs, poems, or stories.
Your Ride Home
You will get a snapshot of what your child did that day from the 'Car Talk.' We urge you to use the Car Talk information as a going-home routine to reinforce learning, and build self-esteem and enjoyable communications with your child. It's a great way to avoid the 'I don't know'-response when you ask her what she learned today.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website