550 Latona Road Bldg E
Rochester, NY 14626
|Play- based||mostly teacher led||not formally in curriculum||conducive environment|
|Nursery rhymes, poems, songs|
|Emerging literacy skills|
|Math & number sense||
|Time & space||
|Sci. reasoning/physical world||
|Other subjects taught|
From the Director:
Opportunities are provided every day for children to create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read and play. Our teachers serve as facilitators in the space, creating an environment in the classroom that meets the needs of the current group.
We do not teach from a prescripted curriculum or syllabus. Teachers create lesson plans based on our 9 point philosophy statement, our 7 point curriculum outline and the children in the room. This creates the expectation for differentiated teaching, as teachers are planning based on the needs of the current children in the group.
The work of children is play. We believe it is the business of childcare professionals to understand how childrenâ??s play translates into their healthy physical, social-emotional and cognitive development. The Ooey GooeyÂ® Playschools philosophy is play-based, hands-on and child-centered, which, in a nutshell, we define to reflect the following principles:
Principle 1: TIME
Children are provided with long periods of uninterrupted free time for exploration and interaction within their learning environment.
Principle 2: OUTDOORS
There is lots of outdoor play time. The outdoor environment is not considered a separate space, but instead is seen as an extension of the indoor space. It is understood that the outdoor environment is just as credible of a classroom as the one inside.
Principle 3: RULES
Children have the freedom to explore this environment with few restrictions. The Ooey GooeyÂ® Playschools have one overarching rule: People are not for hurting. We are able to provide this level of freedom becauseâ?¦
Principle 4: THE SECRET
The secret to good teaching is learning how to control the environment, not the little people in it. The â??no-noâ??sâ?? have been removed. Consequently the child has freedom to explore within the environment that the adult has set up.
Principle 5: FACILITATING
Teachers are serving as facilitators within this space, deepening the childâ??s investigations and providing activities and materials that reflect the needs and interests of the children in the room. Their role is much deeper than â??the keeper of keys to the cupboardâ??.
Principle 6: ARTICULATION
Teachers must be in the present moment and as such, be able to articulate their rationale for activities presented. Teachers are able to articulate WHY they do what they do, and these reasons go deeper than â??because itâ??s so cuteâ??.
Principle 7: THEORISTS
Teachers are committed to understanding the history and theory of child development and are aware of the professionals and researchers who have â??paved the wayâ?? for us in our commitment to a play based, hands-on, childcare environment.
Principle 8: KEEPING IT REAL
Children are provided with engaging experiences that are (literally) real. Children are provided with active, relevant, hands-in and hands-on investigations on a daily basis. We seek to activate the five senses each and every day â?? not just during â??My Five Sensesâ?? week. You will see children exploring real objects. Not coloring dittos of them.
Principle 9: THE SEVEN THINGS
This is our curriculum. Each day children are provided time to: create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read and play.
A Sample Preschool Day:
6:30am Center play & Outside play
9:15am Music & Dance
9:45am Morning snack
10:15am Greeting time/Circle
10:45am Outside Transition & play
12:30pm Transition to quiet time
1:15pm Quiet(nap) time/ quiet play
2:30pm Project/Center play
3:15pm Afternoon snack
3:30pm Outside play (choice)
5:30pm Center play in closing room
6:00pm Center closed
*This schedule is flexible to meet the needs of the children in the classroom.
We communicate with parents every day at pick up and drop off, as well as through journals and notes home. Classroom teachers are available to discuss specific concerns, and parent-teacher conferences are set up when requested.
We encourage parents to bring their children along when taking a tour of our facility. Prior to a child's start date we offer a Meet & Greet and the child is able to spend some time in the new classroom with a parent present.