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Fraser School

2400 W 64th St
Minneapolis, MN 55423

(612) 861-1688


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our mission is to make every child feel successful in some way every day by
providing a unique, quality, early childhood experience. Fraser School is a
nationally accredited, non-profit program that maintains an innovative, inclusive
environment for children of all needs and their families."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"toddler schedule:
7:00 to 8:00 a.m Extended day arrival
9:00 to 9:45 a.m. Classroom programs⎯as children arrive, they participate in open
exploration and play. Teachers set up specific areas of learning .
9:45 to 10:00 a.m. Clean-up and diapering/toileting.
10:00 to 10:20 a.m. Snack time.
10:20 to 11:30 a.m. Each classroom has scheduled times with the music therapist and also indoor/outdoor recess times. Age appropriate learning and readiness programs in the various curriculum areas of language arts and early
11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Diapering/toileting followed by recess.
12:30 to 3:00 p.m. Napping (children waking before 3:00 use the toilet/have their diaper changed as needed and are provided with supervised opportunities for quiet play/activities.
3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The afternoon extended day program includes snack time,
diapering/toileting, recess, planned learning, and exploration activities as
described above.

Preschool (for children 33 months to 6 years)

Sample Preschool Schedule
7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Extended day arrival and breakfast. (Children arriving after 8:00 should
have breakfast at home.)
8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Age-appropriate play activities and stories.
9:00 to 9:45 a.m. As children arrive, they participate in self-directed learning through
play. Areas in the room are set up for exploring art, music, fine motor,
gross motor, dramatic play and cognition. Children may move from one
area to another as they choose.
9:45 to 9:50 a.m. Clean up and diapering/toileting.
9:50 to 10:00 a.m. Music (two days per week in the music room).
10:00 to 10:20 a.m. Recess; indoors or outdoors.
10:20 to 10:40 a.m. Group time; children are involved in a unit presentation revolving
around science, language, early literacy, social studies, art, music,
physical education and health.
10:40 to 11:15 a.m. Snack / diapering / toileting.
11:15 to 11:30 a.m. Art / sensory times.
11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Clean up, story time and quiet activities.
12:00 to 12:45 p.m. Lunch.
Fraser School Parent Handbook Section I ⎯ Page 13 of 18
12:45 to 1:15 p.m. Diapering and toileting followed by recess inside or out.
1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Resting or napping.
1:45 to 3:00 p.m. Children who do not nap move into planned afternoon activities
3:00 to 3:15 p.m. Music therapy.
3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Diapering / toileting and snack.
3:45 to 4:00 p.m. Story time.
4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Recess indoors or outdoors.
Art, music, or stories; generally more relaxed quiet activities until all
children depart.

Sample Inclusive Ready 4K schedule

A.M. Class (9-12:30)
9:00-9:30: Welcome, Journals, Independent Play
9:15-9:30 (Tuesday/Friday): Music Therapy
9:30-10:00: Snack/Quiet reading and puzzles
10:00-10:15: Hello Circle Time
10:15-10:45: Teacher-Directed Small Groups
10:45-10:55: Music and Movement
11:00-11:20: Child Directed Learning Centers
11:20-11:45: Recess
11:45-12:15: Lunch
12:15-12:30: Goodbye Circle Time
P.M. Class (1- 4:30)
1:00-1:30: Welcome, Journals, Independent Play
1:15-1:30 (Monday/Thursday): Music Therapy
1:30-1:45: Hello Circle Time
1:45-2:15: Teacher Directed Small Groups
2:15-2:30: Music and Movement/ Story Time
2:30-2:50: Recess
2:50-3:15: Snack
3:15-3:45: Learning Centers
3:45-4:15: Independent Play
4:15-4:30: Goodbye Group"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school