Lucy's Playgroup provides a warm and fun environment designed to introduce 2-4 year olds to group situations. Cozy groups of up to 6 children enjoy many activities including arts and crafts, baking, story time, singing, and nature walks in nearby Riverside Park. The playgroups are run by Lucy Bolton, a licensed Family Day Care Provider with a Masters Degree in Education and many years of working with pre-school children. Lucy's Playgroup acts as a stepping stone between the home and nursery school. I introduce 2-4 year olds to group situations. Children learn to say goodbye to their parents (or caregivers), to listen to another adult (me), and to make friends.
The Playgroup is open Monday and Friday from 9 am until 1 pm. Although the activities are driven by the dynamics of the group, there is a basic outline or shape to the morning. The day starts with something I have put on the table before they come in-puzzles or peg boards or some other kind of manipulative. We take off from there and play-building a train track, having a picnic for the dolls and animals, making a high-way for the cars and trucks, etc. Around 10 o'clock, we gather together and do a project-working with playdough, baking muffins, drawing and cutting and pasting, etc. Many of our projects are centered around the calendar holidays. Snack is at 10:30 and then, at about 11 we go out in the red wagon for fresh air in an enclosed field located in Riverside Park at 74th Street. At noon we come back for lunch. After lunch, we do lots of reading and singing.