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Shrewsbury Children's Center

138 N Quinsigamond Av
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

(508) 755-3922


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

" The Shrewsbury Children’s Center philosophy, curriculum and classroom environments are child centered and designed to take advantage of the natural learning situations that develop through children’s play. We emphasize active, hands-on exploration and strive to help children learn about themselves and the world around them through discovery and play.
We seek the input of the children in planning activities in areas they are naturally interested in or curious about. Children are offered opportunities for making choices regarding the types of activities they will spend their time with during the day. We provide opportunities for children to develop a positive self-image, social skills and creative expression. We emphasize learning through experience. Art, music, imaginative play, language development, natural science, and movement activities are some of the areas that the children have opportunities to experience.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day


7:30-8:30 Arrival/Greet Children and Parents/Free Play
8:30-9:00 Small group Free Play
9:15-9:30 Snack
9:30-9:55 Free Play/Diaper Check
9:55-10:00 Preparation for Outdoor Play
10:00-10:30 Outdoor Play/Gross Motor
10.30-11:00 Small Group Activities
11:00-11:20 Open ended Free Play/ Sensory Table
> 11:20-11:30 Clean up for Lunch
11:30-12:00 Lunch
12:00-12:30 Free Play/Diapers
12:30-12:50 Outdoor play/Music/ Movement/Feltboard stories
12:50-1:00 Preparation for Rest Time
1:00-3:00 Nap/Rest Period
3:00-3:30 Snack/Diapers/Free Play/ Preparation for Outdoors
3:30-4:00 Outdoors
4:00-5:30 Indoor Free Play/Open Ended Activity Time/Sensory Table/Finish Small Group Activities if necessary
5:30 Closed

7:30-8:30 Arrival/Greet Children and Parents/Free Play
8:30-8:55 Free Play/Greeting — Limited Choice
8:55-9:00 Clean Up/Prepare for Morning Meeting
9:00-9:15 Morning Meeting
9:15-10:20 Activity Centers/Snack Center
10:20-10:30 Clean up — Prepare for Outdoors
10:30-11:00 Outdoor Play*
11:00-11:15 Transition to Lunch — Bathrooms
11:15-11:30 Story/Songs/Sharing
11:30-12:00 Lunch **
12:00-12:15 Wash up/Bathroom
12:15-12:45 Outdoor Play/Gross Motor-Movement when indoors
12:451:00 Transition from Lunch/Story
1:00-3:00 Quiet/Restime
(2:30-3:00) Lap Desks/Quiet Activities
3:00-3:30 Bathrooms/Snack
3:30-4:00 Activities/Transition to Outdoors
4:00-4:30 Outdoor Play
4:30-4:45 Transition to Centers/Free Play
4:45-5:30 Free Play/Limited Choice Centers
5:30 Closing
** Preschool Outdoor Activities may vary by Classroom
** Older Preschool Rooms have lunch at 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday — Music With Kookie
Excerpted from the preschool's website