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Salem State College Preschool Program

352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970

(978) 542-6408


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe young children want and need to express ideas and messages through different expressive ways such as
working with clay, paint, drawing, sculpture, construction, music, movement, dance and shadow play. Children
begin to gain new skills with the use of these mediums. The children draw to learn. They revisit and revise
their work moving them to new levels of awareness.
Teachers act as guides, resources, problem posers and partners in learning. Open ended discussions and long term
projects bring together language activities, science, social studies, dramatic play and artistic expression. The
projects are meaningful and relevant to the child’s life experiences. They assist
the child in seeing the interrelationship of things and ideas. An important
feature of the Reggio approach is the use of documentation of children’s work
in progress. This serves as an important tool in the learning process for
children, teachers, parents and visitors to the Preschool.
Projects emerge either by chance event, a problem posed by one or more
children or an experience planned and led in a flexible way by teachers. The
teachers at the SSC Preschool are eager in exploring the Reggio Approach as a
point of reference."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:00 - 10:00 a.m. – Choice Board - Children select from a variety of activity
areas including: art corner, science table, sand/water play, games on the rug,
Playhouse room, and project work.
10:00 - 10:20 a.m. – Morning Meeting - Large group activity which formally
begins the day by introductory songs, calendar, weather and news sharing.
10:20 - l0:45 a.m. – Morning Snack - Snack foods served such as fresh fruit,
crackers, cheese, peanut butter, veggies, special holiday treats, birthday treats,
and snacks prepared by children. Milk is served at snack also. All foods are high
quality nutritional foods low in fat and sugar.
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. – Music/Singing Time - Large group activity of songs
music appreciation, movement and dance, finger - plays and poems .
11:00 -12:00 p.m. – Outdoor Playground/Gym- Outdoor Play on
Playground with a wide variety of age appropriate equipment, games, and
materials. Also use of South Campus Gym during inclement weather with balls,
hoops mats, balance beams, games, trikes, basketball, ring-toss, etc.,
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. – Lunchtime - Children bring own lunch. Milk is served.
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. – Rest Time - Children rest quietly on beach towels
provided from home. Towels are labeled and must be washed weekly, Music
and quiet reading.
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. – Story Time - Large group activity: books, flannel board,
story-telling, and a wide variety of choice books selected according to the
projects or interests of the children.
1:30 - 2: 30 p.m. – Choice Board - Children select from a variety of activity
areas (See Above.) Choices are rotated from morning, and projects are
continued and news sharing time also.
2:30 - 2:50 p.m. – Afternoon Snack – Fresh fruit; crackers, cheese, veggies,
and on occasion snacks prepared by children as a math/ science activity.
Milk is served.
2 :50 - 3:30 p.m. – Outdoor Playground/Gym – (SeeAbove 11:00 - 12:00)
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. – Group Games - Games on the rug activities such as,
puzzles, blocks, etc."
Excerpted from the preschool's website