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Circle Of Friends

400 Puente Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Phone:
(805) 692-8516

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Children's Center curriculum focuses on all aspects of the child's development: Physical, Social, Emotional and Cognitive. Although the Children's Center always appears informal, the program and environment are the result of careful and detailed planning with the best available knowledge of child development. Young children learn through their play. They need the flexibility and freedom to experiment, explore and cope with new and unfamiliar materials and social interactions. In addition, we foster creativity in the child as he/she interacts with the environment. Learning to care for each other and the world around us is a central concern at our school. We provide a large variety of constructive, dramatic and creative materials, and learning experiences. Our curriculum includes many activities: block play, science and nature activities (gardening, pet care, nature study), creative art projects, dramatic play, cooking, large muscle activities (bikes, climbing structures), self awareness and the appreciation of diversity within our school community, language arts activities (stories, finger plays, poems, dictated stories), music, and math awareness through hands-on manipulation of objects in the environment.

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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Daily Schedule
8:30 - 10:45 Indoor and outdoor play: art, science, block play, music, dance, tumbling, sensory experiences, gardening, cooking, dramatic play, easel painting, finger painting, tricycles, wagons, sand play, water play, wood working, animal care, large motor activities
10:00 Snack time
10:45-11:00 Clean up time.
11:00-11:25 Group time: four small groups share books, cognitive games,flannel board stories, singing, science experiences
11:25-12:00 Clean up, prepare for lunch, lunchtime
12:00-12:30 Outdoor play and a large group gathering for a story and songs signifies the end of the morning
12:30 – 1:30 Quiet activity/rest time: four small groups share books,
cognitive games, flannel board stories, singing, resting
1:30 Snack time
1:30 – 3:00 Indoor and outdoor play: art, science, block play, music, dance,
tumbling, sensory experiences, gardening, cooking, dramatic
play, easel painting, finger painting, tricycles, sand play, water
play, woodworking, animal care, large motor activities
3:00-3:30 Clean up time and end of the day gathering for songs, a story
and goodbye
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Excerpted from the preschool's website