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Pumpkin Patch Pre-school

Po Box 658
Monticello, MN 55362-0658

(763) 295-5040


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe that the pre-school years are ones of rapid growth for young children and that many skills, abilities, and attitudes are developed during this time that affect their entire lives. Our pre-school program is designed to provide an enriched environment in which your child can learn and develop. We feel that a child learns best in an atmosphere of love, warmth and acceptance."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Self-Directed Learning - Children are encouraged to engage in an activity that interests them. They can choose from such interest areas as books, computer use, easel painting, art table, sensory table, trucks and blocks, housekeeping, toys for small and large muscle and cognitive development.

Get-together - This is a time for sharing and planning together. It is the time of the day when we talk about the calendar, weather, and what activities and units are happening in the room.

Sharing Time - Sharing week will be the first full week of the month. This is a time when the children can bring one/two items from home to show and tell the other children. Toy guns, knives, swords and other weapons are NOT allowed. Sharing Week is designated the first full week of each month beginning in October.

Snack - Nutritious snacks are provided daily for your child. If you would like to provide a snack or treats are brought from home, they may be:

1. Purchased - commercially prepared

2. Fruits and/or vegetables to be cleaned and prepared at school

3. Ingredients can be brought to school and prepared at school by the parent or staff

We look upon snack time as a time of socializing and conversation, which helps language development. In addition to encouraging conversation we also encourage good manners in the form of passing the snack, waiting for each person to be served, cooperating in pouring each other’s drink and asking to be excused when they have finished their snack.

Physical Education - We try to get outside every day except when it is raining or extremely cold or wet. If we stay indoors we have planned activities to develop muscles and coordination.

Unit Discussions and Activities - During this portion of the day, we focus on a particular unit of study (science, colors, pets, time, etc.). We plan various activities to meet each child’s level of skill development. Children meet in small groups with their peer group for this teacher directed time.

Music and Literature - Each day we take time to read stories, sing songs, and do music & movement activities etc. This is a planned activity for everyday but also occurs throughout the day, for example during self-directed time, and transition times.

Excerpted from the preschool's website