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Pumpkin Preschool

449 Grasmere Ave
Fairfield, CT 06824-6145

(203) 255-7505


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our philosophy is to provide a loving and nurturing environment which will aid each child in developing his or her creative and social abilities,which promotes the whole child's sense of well being.This is achieved through teacher interaction and guidance of age appropriate play,exploration,and discovery learning.Each child is treated with respect."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00-8:30 Greetings,activity toys,feedings and free play.
8:30-8:45 Diaper check,personal needs.
8:45-9:15 Morning snack,hand-washing.
9:15-10:15 Stimulationg developmental activities:music singing,talking,stories,swings,rocking,diaper changes,and morning nap if needed.
10:15-11:15 Ourdoor activities:fresh air,physical movement,and early discoveries interactiong with their world.
11:15-11:30 Clean-up,diaper change and personal needs.
11:30-12:15 Lunch,handwashing.
12:15-1:00 Clean-up,diapering and personal needs,quiet activities,baby books and sensory games,with guidance and nurturing.
1:00-3:00 Nap, or rest time
3:00-4:30 Afternoon activites:playground,musical instuments,social play,teacher singing and talking to develop listening skills,exploration. Practicing:craqling,walking and climbing.Diaper changes.
4:30-6:00 Free exploration and free movement.Practice in vision,touch and hearing activities,clean-up,
organize to go home.

Daily program schedule Toddlers :

7:00-8:30 Greetings,table games,puzzles,activity toys,breakfast.
8:30-9:15 Morning snack,hand-washing,relaxation and nourishment.personal needs.

9:15-10:00 Free play and exporation activities,kitchen corner,block building,manipulatives;sewing cards,large beads,matching shapes,colors and sorting for concept and fine motor development.
10:00-10:30 Circle time,preschool learning: Music,singing,identification of feeling,art,listening,talking,stories,show and tell,discovery in science and nature,and puppetry.Developing communication and creative skills.
10:30-11:15 outdoor fun in the fresh air,exercise,practice in balance,climbing,riding,running,jumping,ball skills,obstacle courses,and slide fun.Developing large motor skills.
11:15-11:30 Clean-up,personal needs,diaper changes or toileting.
11:30-12:15 Lunch time: handwashing social,nutritional,and relaxing atmosphere.
12:15-1:00 Clean-up,diapering and personal needs,calm quiet activities:story time,looking at books,prepare cots,cribs,and blankets.
1:00-3:00 Rest time,nap or quiet activities.
3:00-3:15 Wake up,stretching,personal needs,diapering and quiet activities.
3:15-3:45 Afternoon snack,handwashing,relaxing,social and healthy atmosphere.
3:45-4:30 Afternoon activities: playground,arts and crafts,musical instruments,rhyming games,auditory associations,songs,dancing,creative movement,science and nature,discussions and discoveries.
4:30-6:00 Free play,dramatic play,friendship bonding,sharing and resolving interpersonal conflicts through puppetry and discussions.Learning activities,building on each childs strengths through positive interaction.cleanup and organize to go home.

Daily program schedule Three Year Olds :

7:00-9:15 Greetings,free play,activity toys,puzzles,block building,table games,kitchen corner,shapes,colors,numbers,sorting for concept and fine motor development.
9:15-9:30 Clean up.
9:30-10:00 Morning snack,clean up,personal needs,bathroom.
10:00-10:30 Circle time : Preschool learning,music,singing,identification of feelings,discussion,calendar,weather,stories with music,or media events,computer learning time.
10:30-11:00 Creative activities,arts,crafts,easel painting,dramatic play,science and nature and Tell,expressing and developing through play and socialization.
11:00-11:45 Outside play:fresh air,climbling,bike riding,running,jumping,balancing,ball skills,obstacle courses,for large motor development.
12:00-1:00 Lunch time,social,nutritional and relaxing atmosphere.
1:00-3:00 Story time,rest time or quiet period.
3:00-3:15 Wake up,bathroom,quiet activities.
3:15-3:45 Afternoon snack and clean up.
3:45-5:00 Afternoon activities,computer learning, organized games,motor activities,tumbling,creative movement,art,dance,musical instruments,rhyming games,dramatic play,friendship bonding,sharing,analyzing and resoling conficts through language communication.
5:00-6:00 Discussion,learning activities,building on each childs strengths through positive teacher interaction.clean-up,organize to go home.

Daily program schedule Pre-KinderGarden :
7:00-9:15 Greetings,free play,activity and manipulative toys,sewing cards,matching shapes,bead designs,sorting colors,arranging objects from a series of sizes,for cognitive perception and concept development.puzzles,block building,table games,counting,identifying numbers,colors,letters,and letter formation as well as computer time.
10:45-11:15 creative activities,arts,crafts,cutting,pasting,and easel and nature discoveries.communicationg,feelings,and developing communication skills through play:dramatic play,show and tell, and socialization.
11:15-11:45 Outside play;fresh air,climbing,bike riding,running,jumping,balancing,ball skills,obstacle courses,slide fun,and other activities for large motor development.
11;45-12:00 Clean up,personal needs,bathroom and hand washing.
12:00-1:00 Lunch time,social,nutritional,and relaxing atmosphere.
1:00-3:00 Story time,rest time or quiet activities.
3:15-45 Afternoon snack and clean up.
3:45-5:00 Afternoon activities,playground,organized games,motor activities,tumbling,creative movement,art,dance,musical instrument,rhyming games,dramatic play,small manipulatives,computer time,learning concepts,analyzing and resolving conflicts through language communication.
5:00-6:00 Discussion,learning activities,building on each childs strengths through positive interaction.clean up,organize to go home."
Excerpted from the preschool's website