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Helena Community School

32 South Ewing Street
Helena, MT 59601

(406) 449-7015


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Helena Community School’s educational philosophy is based on the well established fact that children ages three through six learn best when they learn from teachers and peers in a setting that provides extensive hands on, tangible learning experiences.

Purpose and Goals
To create a nurturing environment which promotes the optimal development and learning potential of young children through carefully planned learning opportunities.

Language Development
To provide a language rich environment which focuses on pre-reading and pre-writing skills through phonemic awareness, rhyme and rhythm, and literature.

Social Emotional Development
To have interactions with caring professionals who understand children's needs while recognizing that individuals are different.
To foster self-expression, creativity, self-control, and responsibility
To make a successful break from home and family to an atmosphere with trusted adults
To acquire a sense of personal identity and independence
To acquire social skills in a positive emotional climate
To learn appropriate behaviors for group experiences
Cognitive Development
To stimulate cognitive learning curiosity and exploration through sensory experiences.

Physical Development
To provide fine and gross motor opportunities."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

":30 - 9:00

9:00 - 9:30
Morning Circle

9:30 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:15
Learning Centers or Enrichment Activies

11:15 - 11:30
Group Meeting

11:30 -12:00

12:00 - 12:30
Outside Play

12:30 - 12:45

12:45 - 2:00
Quiet Time

2:00 - 2:30
Group Activity

2:30 - 2:45

2:45 - 3:00
Goodbye Circle

3:00 - 5:30
Extended Day Activities"
Excerpted from the preschool's website