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Early Years Learning Center

410 Collins Avenue
Mandan, ND 58554

(701) 663-9563


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"St. Joseph School recognizes that each child is a unique individual created by God. Here at St. Joseph Preschool our goals are based on the whole child - spiritual, physical, social, emotional, and intellectual.
St Joseph Preschool recognizes that preschoolers learn best by taking an active part in their environment. The daily activities planned in any area are planned with the children's developmental level in mind. The activities allow the children to express themselves and to foster self-confidence.
We believe that the process of learning in early childhood is more important than the content of learning. Because we focus on the process rather than the end product, the activities are designed to emphasize the experiences children are having rather than the results from activities. Helping children learn how to learn and feel good about them is what our program is all about."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Circle Time - (Jobs, Calendar, Weather, Review #'s, letters, Shapes, Colors, Show & Tell, Story, Music)
Bathroom Break
Snack Break
Clean - Up - (Free play, centers, story time)
Group Activity - (Art project, science project or cooking project)
Free Play - (Outside, gym or inside)

Toddler Daily Schedule
6:30-8:45 - Free play as the children arrive
8:45-9:00 - Wash hands, diaper changing / bathroom time
9:00-9:30 - Morning Snack
9:30-9:45 - Circle time
9:45-10:15 - Art activity, theme activity
10:15-10:45 - Outside or gym time
10:45-11:30 - Wash hands, diaper changing / bathroom time, TV time
11:30-12:00 - Lunch
12:00-2:00 - Nap, free play as children wake up
2:00-2:30 - Wash hands, diaper changing / bathroom time
2:30-3:00 -Afternoon snack
3:00-3:45 - Outside or gym time
3:45-4:00 - Diaper changinglbathroom time
4:00-4:30 - Fine motor skill activities, books, music
4:30-6:00 - Free play as children leave

3-12 Year Old Daily Schedule
6:30 - 7:30 Free play in the daycare
7:30 - 8:30 Little kids in daycare and big kids in gym if there are too many in the daycare
8:30 - 9:00 Big kids to school- little kids get ready for snack (wash hands and go to the bathroom) story time, and pick leaders and helpers.
9:00 - 9:30 snack time- kids who don't eat have quiet time at TV
9:30 - 10:30 activity time- art or lesson
10:30 - 11:00 large motor activty- outside, gym, or dance
11:00 - 11:30 wash hands, bathroom, and staff read stories before lunch time
11:30 - 12:00 lunch time
12:00 - 12:15 watch educational show until lunch is done and cleaned up
12:15 - 2:15 nap time for children who nap- ones who don't nap play in centers
2:15 - 2:15 Wash hands and go to bathroom before snack
2:30 - 3:00 Snack time for little kids
3:00 - 4:00 Little kids in gym, outside, or in nap room- big kids wash hands and eat snack
4:00 - 5:00 Big kids go outside, to the gym, or to the computer lab.
Little kids play in daycare in centers or in preschool room doing an activity
5:00 - 6:00 All children in the daycare having free play
Excerpted from the preschool's website