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Stepping Stones Learning Center

860 Griswold Street
Columbus, OH 43085

(614) 885-6656


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Stepping Stones Learning center is dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of children. This is accomplished through activities that encourage discovery, experience, and investigation as well as social interaction for each child in an environment that is enriching and age-appropriate. As a child-oriented center:

We believe the first seven years of life are the most important in the formation of a child;

We believe the interaction of the parent, teacher, and child is integral to the positive development of the child;

We believe the nurturing of a child’s positive self-image is critical to the child’s development as a whole person;

We believe through social interaction a child develops an acceptance of others and an increased awareness of him/herself.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Sample Toddler Daily Schedule
7:00am - 8:30am
Arrival, Free-play. Finish breakfast for those who haven’t eaten at home.

8:30am - 8:45am
Mom’s Day Out children arrive.

8:45am - 9:00am
Bathroom/diapering. Clean up toys and get ready for Circle time.

9:00am - 9:10am
Bible lesson with singing and activity.

9:10am - 9:45am
Free Play at centers.

9:45am - 10:00am

10:00am -10:15am
Group Activity: Art Project.

10:15am - 10:30am
Free play at centers as projects are completed.

10:30am - 11:00am
Large Muscle Activity: outside or gym play.

11:00am – 11:15am
Bathroom/diapering. Clean up to prepare for lunch.

11:30am - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 12:15pm
Finish lunch, clean up. Get nap cots ready.

12:15pm - 12:30pm

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Nap (quiet rest time with soft music)

2:30pm - 2:45pm
Wake-up, put cots/blankets away.

2:45pm - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 3:30pm
SNACK and clean up

3:30pm - 4:15pm
Large Muscle Activity: outside or gym play.

4:15pm - 4:30pm

4:30pm - 4:45pm
Group Activity: varies— music and movement, small motor skill development activities, directed play, etc.

4:45pm - 5:30pm
Free play at centers.

5:30pm - 5:45pm

5:45pm - 6:00pm
Stories, puzzles, blocks.

Center Closes

Sample Preschool Daily Schedule - School Year Session
7:00am - 8:30am
Arrival, Free-play. Finish breakfast for those who haven’t eaten at home.

Mom’s Day Out children arrive. Bathroom/drink break.

8:30am - 8:45am
Separate into individual classes, prepare for preschool to begin

Welcome and Circle Time (calendar, weather, Bible story, songs, etc.) Introduce Letter Person of the Week.

9:15am - 10:15am
CENTER ACTIVITIES - smaller groups of children work in activity centers, focusing on math/science concepts, dramatic play, puzzle activities, and pre-writing skills.

10:15am - 10:45am
Large Muscle Activity— play outside, weather permitting, or in the gym if weather is inclement.

10:45am - 11:15am
GROUP ACTIVITIES— focus on art, music, language arts and stories, and critical thinking skills. Subjects covered vary based on day of the week.

Bathroom break, prepare for lunch

11:30am - 12:15pm

12:15pm - 12:30pm
Finish and clean up after lunch, bathroom break

12:30pm – 1:00pm
Large Muscle Activity/Free Play or Story Time

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nap (quiet rest time with soft music)

3:00pm - 3:15pm
Wake up, bathroom break

3:15pm - 3:45pm

Clean up after snack

4:00pm - 4:30pm
Classroom Activity/Directed Free Play

Bathroom break

4:45pm - 5:30pm
Large Muscle Activity on Playground or in Gym

Free Play

5:45pm - 6:00pm
Clean up

Center Closes

Excerpted from the preschool's website