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Early Childhood Learning Center - Gateway

2727 North 4th Street
Bismarck, ND 58503

(701) 224-1449


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Developing a program philosophy statement for staff is serving as the foundation for our training efforts. Many of you have been involved in developing the document that is printed. Although it is designed to give direction and meaning to our program and our training efforts, the philosophy statement is still emerging. If you have comments or suggestions about the statement, feel free to send them to the Program Development and Training Office. In its final form, it will guide all of our efforts to provide quality child care and early education.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00 - 9:00 am - Gradual arrival
7:00 - One classroom open
8:00 - Second classroom and gymnasium open (free time)
8:30 - Third classroom open
Classroom open - Hands-on learning material available to children. All learning centers are available. Teachers are getting children involved and also welcoming and greeting parents and children.
9:00 - 9:30 - Carpet time
Gathering social time
Planning of the day
Taking attendance
Phonics stories
Carpet time - This gathering time is a time to inform the children what is planned for the day, such as fieldtrips or activities, small group work, etc., to prepare the child for his/her activities which are available to him/her that day.
9:30 - 10:00 - Gym time
Stretching (Yoga)
Running exercises
Music and movement
Game play
Gym time - Activities providing gross motor/large muscle skills. Once a child's large muscles begin to develop and mature, then the small muscle skill development matures such as writing, zipping, cutting, tying.
10:00 - 11:00 - Work time
Classroom open
Outdoors open
Fieldtrips available
Learning center open
Work time - Work time is a large, uninterrupted block of learning time. The teachers are guiding, challenging, and directing the children in their self chosen work. Children are working with "hands-on" concrete materials; anything they can touch, see, and feel. Your child is a unique individual and we accept you child's work where he/she is at and help develop his/her full potential.
11:00 -11:10 - Clean up/Wash up time
Teacher/Child Cooperation
Putting away materials
Finish up their work
Clean up time - Teachers and children are working together cleaning up after themselves and being responsible for putting their materials away when they are through.
11:10 - 11:30 - Carpet time #2
Phonics stories
Music, poetry, and fingerplays
Children's stories
Carpet time - This carpet time is used to expose the children to various aspects of music and stories and is also an opportunity to introduce various learning skills.
11:30 - 12:00 - Lunch time
Hot lunch time
12:00 - 1:00 - Noon time
Outdoor play
12:30 - 3:00 - Nap time / Quiet time
Available for those children who need it.
2:00 - 3:00 - Snack time
3:00 - 3:30 - Carpet time
3:30 - 6:00 - Gradual departure and work time
Excerpted from the preschool's website