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Red Balloon Nursery School

School
Carlisle, MA 01741

Phone:
(978) 371-7023

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"TThe Red Balloon program is a child-centered, developmental program. Children learn to make choices, plan, try out new ideas, and experiment. A major goal of the Red Balloon is to help children develop a positive attitude toward learning. Emphasis is placed on creating a climate of trust and security in the classroom which promotes self-esteem and provides an opportunity for social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. Children learn through play and an integrated curriculum. Learning is a process and each child learns at his or her own pace. Every part of the
school experience has the potential to be educational, constructive, and positive.
The Red Balloon Preschool is a non-profit school which does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, cultural heritage, political belief, marital status, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation. The Red Balloon Preschool is licensed by the Massachusetts Office of Child Care
Services."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"3-YEAR OLD CLASS
8:45 Arrive and Set Up
Go over the day's plans with the teacher. Review parent-help duties.
Arrive earlier if walk needs shoveling.
8:55-9:05 Students Arrive
Children arrive. Mingle in the classroom as they arrive.
(After 9:05, parents must escort their own children into the classroom.)
9:05-9:35 Free Play/Choices
Children have free play and structured choices.
9:35-9:50 Meeting Time
Please join us on the mats.
Remind your child to bring a "Show and Tell" Item.
9:50-10:30 Project Time
You may get involved in a small group (reading, playing a game, etc.), but at the
same time keep an eye out for any child who needs assistance or any situation
that requires adult supervision or intervention. Watch out for children who need
help and let the teacher know if a child needs to go to the bathroom. You may
only take your own child to the bathroom.
Clean art supplies (brushes, paint pots, etc), easels and tables after project time.
(See "clean up" section for further information and location of supplies.)
10:30-10:45 Clean Up and Bathroom Time
Encourage each child to help clean up.
Take your own child to the bathroom.
You and your child may begin to set up snack. Wash tabletops. Put napkins and
cups on the table. Pour juice after children are seated. The other children will go
to the bathroom and wash hands with the teachers.
10:45-11:00 Snack
Help monitor snack time.
Clean snack area (tables, chairs, floor, counters, etc.) after snack time.
Help children get dressed for outside when winter clothes are needed.
11:00-11:30 Outside to Playground (children)
Clean Up: Parent Helper (while children are outside)
Vacuum or sweep floors.
Clean bathroom: Wipe down sink and toilet with disinfectants. Fill soap
dispensers, toilet paper and paper towel holders when necessary.
Empty wastebaskets and replace them with clean bags. Take trash home with
you at the end of the school day.
11:30-12:00 Story, Music, Listening Games, etc. Please join us on the rug.
4-YEAR OLD CLASS
8:45 Arrive and Set Up
Go over the day's plans with the teacher. Review parent-help duties.
Arrive earlier if walk needs shoveling.
8:55-9:05 Children Arrive
Children arrive and go directly to their cubbies and classroom.
After 9:05, parents must escort their own children into the classroom.
9:05-9:35 Free Play
Children have free play and structured choices.
9:35-9:45 Meeting Time
Please join us on the mats.
9:45-10:30 Indoor Play Time and Projects
You may get involved with a small group (reading, playing a game, etc.), but at
the same time keep an eye out for any child who needs assistance or any
situation that requires adult supervision or intervention. Watch for children who
need help with a project or easel painting and let the teacher know if a child needs
to go to the bathroom. Read the safety rules posted at each play area.
10:30 Clean Up
Encourage each child to help.
Clean art supplies (brushes, paint pots, etc), easels and tables after project time.
10:45 Bathroom Time and Washing Hands
You and your child may begin to set up snack. Wash table tops. Put napkins and
cups on the table. Pour juice after children are seated.
10:50-11:15 Snack and Quiet Time
Clean snack area (tables, chairs, floor, counters, etc.) after snack time.
11:15-11:30 Story, Music, Listening Games, etc.
Please join us on the rug.
11:30-12:00 Outdoor Play (children)
Help children get dressed if necessary.
11:30-12:00 Clean Up: Parent Helper (while children are outside)
Vacuum or sweep floors.
Clean bathroom: Wipe down sink and toilet with disinfectants. Fill soap
dispensers, toilet paper and paper towel holders when necessary.
Empty wastebaskets and replace them with clean bags. Take trash home with
you at the end of the school day."
Excerpted from the preschool's website