Our mission is to provide a developmentally appropriate learning environment through
*kindergarten readiness skills
*creative art experiences
*social skills experiences
*Experienced Certified Teacher
*Experienced caring staff
Our preschool day begins at 9 Am
Journaling-- each child has a book in which they draw whatever they would like. As the finish they dictate to the teacher or aides what they drew. (As the year goes on they begin to write words and numbers themselves; Also they begin to tell stories about their pictures rather than one or two word descriptions)
Circle Time--As the children finish journaling they find their mat in the circle. We look at the calendar which includes clapping the month, singing the days of the week, counting the number of days and doing a steady beat activity (if it's the 9th of the month we may stomp our feet together 9 times). In addition we look at our picture schedule of what we are going to do that day.
Music/wash hands--while children are setting table and washing hands for snack we will sing songs together.
Snack--After saying a prayer, the children sit at the table for a snack. We pass food around family style and work on table manners while we visit and eat.
Centers--as the children finish snack they are asked what they are going to do for center time. They go from the table to the center they would like to work in : house area, truck area, computers, art area, table toys/puzzles, and science center.
Clean up--after a 5 minute warning has been given, a clean up song is played. The children all help cleaning up.
Story/LIbrary time--we meet back at circle time for a story. For each story we read Linda identifies the author and illustrator and we identify what their jobs (writing words or drawing pictures). The children each have a book mark and a pocket on a curtain. They may choose a library book to check out and take home, once they have returned the previous one. The library card from the book goes in their pocket and their book mark goes in their library book.
Art--our story often relates to our theme and our art project. The children go to the table to do a creative art project. We do not believe in making children do art projects that are cutesy and all look alike. The children are free to express themselves through their art work.
Outside play--after finishing our art the children are dismissed outside to run, climb, and play in our fenced in yard.
The children usually play outside until a parent picks up or until lunch time.