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Zion Lutheran School Olney

5307 North Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19120

(215) 329-4051


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our goal at Zion Day Care Center is to provide safe, loving, quality care for children of working parents in a positive environment where they can grow and learn. We strive to instill values which strengthen a child's good Judgment, self-esteem ,and respect for others. We take pride in providing and environment filled with laughter and new experiences.

Our philosophy is one of encouraging the positive development of each individual child. We provide a foundation for socialization and learning with a structured program which has been carefully created to address the emotional and physical development of each child. Although we are not an academic child care center, our program has been designed to teach the proper skills that children need to develop, and to satisfy their various needs.

The relationship between our children, our staff members, and our parents is a very important and valuable part of our program. We encourage active interest and participation by the parents. Your involvement and input helps us to maintain quality care for your children.

Our staff members are experienced, qualified, very understanding and loving caregivers. They come to us highly recommended and they strive to enhance the lives of all the children. They have been certified in CPR, infant and child first aid, and fire safety. They must upgrade their skills with regular participation in workshops and seminars throughout the year. Many of our staff members have been with us for five years or longer. Our first priority is to maintain high-quality, safe and loving care for your children at all times.

Although our doors are locked for your child's safety and security, we have an "open-door" policy. No parent will be denied the right to see their child at any time during the day. The Director and staff members are available to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have about your child.

Zion Christian Child Care Center was founded in 1985 and is currently licensed to enroll 159 children. We accept children of all races, cultures and denominations. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Arrival of Children
As the children are arriving at various times during the early morning, they join their group and can begin playing with sing-along-tapes, books, puzzles, etc. until all the children have arrived and they get ready to have breakfast.

Breakfast (Two Shifts)
Wash-up and use of bathroom before and after breakfast. The children are generally served cereal and milk, juice, and occasionally muffins, pancakes, trench toast or scrambled eggs.

Free Choice Play Time
For children, playing is learning. It is an activity that creates the opportunity to pursue interests, explore new ideas, and interact with the environment. Play is an integral part of children's attempts to master their world, and contributes to the growth of their physical development. Interaction with adults and other children, pretending, eye-hand coordination and balance are also developed during play. During free play there are a variety of toys out for the children to choose from. They are free to make decisions and show preference for certain toys. They can take the time to manipulate ideas in creative ways, allowing them to use their thinking process and imagination.

Circle Time and Teaching Time
During this time period, the children learn a variety of songs and finger play. The activities are carefully planned by our caregivers to encourage successful and proper involvement by the children. They can learn sequence, comparison, perception, organization, naming of objects, recognition, classification, observation, problem solving and the sharing of ideas. These activities are a process of learning by listening and interacting with others.

Learning By Doing
These activities involve eye hand coordination and are carefully planned and monitored by the caregivers. The children get the opportunity to learn and improve their skills by doing cutting, pasting coloring, tracing and other learning stimulants which will help various areas of their development. All children are unique and different, and are encouraged to move and learn at their own pace.

Walk or Exercise
During the warm weather months, children take nature walks. Throughout the walk, they are encouraged to be on the lookout for anything which will help to keep them alert and interested. Children need to be occupied at all times in order happy, and- this includes being busy on walks too. If It rains or the weather is too cold, the children will have group activities, game-playing,or exercise to an audio cassette. This helps them to master their body movements. These activities involve use of the large body muscles and will help develop coordination and physical

Story Time or Educational Activities
Use of flash cards, number bingo or ABC bingo,flannel boards, which help develop listening and attention skills, recognition, and learning how to properly respond to questions asked. This also helps the children to learn new words, express themselves and speak in complete sentences.

Getting Ready for Lunch
Good personal hygiene is an important habit in everyone's daily life. The children are taught the proper way to wash their hands and are encouraged to always wash them after bathroom use and before eating, and many other times throughout the day.

Lunch Time (Two Shifts)
The children are served a full-balanced hot lunch. All are encouraged to eat, but no child is ever forced to sit and eat or finish the entire meal. We strive to make lunchtime as happy and relaxed as possible so that the children can enjoy their meal.

Bathroom and Naptime
Children are taken to the bathroom in groups before napping. They are then encouraged to get ready for nap-time by getting their own sheets or blankets, taking off shoes and socks and placing them under their cots, and settling down for sleep. All children in child care must take a nap until they enter kindergarten. The children who do not sleep must still lay down quietly and rest. This is a very important part of the day's schedule. Many of the children are here for a long day and need to rest after their busy morning so that they can feel energized for the rest of the afternoon.
Older children who do not nap will participate in group activities, play in the school yard, go for walks,or to the playground, or watch selected children's movies.

Wake-Up Time
The children will be awakened, helped to fold and put away their sheet or blanket, put on their own shoes, go to the bathroom, help put away cots, and get ready for snack. It is very important to give the children opportunities to be independent. This teaches them responsibility and makes them feel a sense of maturity and accomplishment.

Snack Time
The children are served cookies, crackers, fruit and juice. We try to serve a nutritious snack that they will also enjoy. Sometimes they will receive a special treat for snack, such as during the holidays, or to celebrate a child's birthday.

Clean-up time
The children and their caregivers will clean up together, throw away juice containers, trash, etc. Again, this helps to teach responsibility, helping others, and develops maturity. Children will help because it is "fun", but it also teaches cooperation and caring.
Free Choice Play Time #2
After putting in a long day and getting up from nap, for many of our children it is like starting the day all over again. Resuming play time is very important. The children are rested, have a positive attitude and are ready to take charge
and make their own choices. Free play gives them this opportunity. The children may choose what they wish to play with. A variety of toys, games, dolls, dishes, cars, dress-up, etc. are available for them.

Circle Time #2
Through circle time, the children are given the opportunity for expression and communication. Speaking and listening helps a child to master full sentence patterns and create new ideas. Taking turns helps a child learn self-control and self discipline. Each child gets a chance to participate at his/her own pace. Being able to express themselves and to be heard is a growth experience and helps children to master the world around them.

Fine Motor Skills Development
Children need to develop eye-hand coordination by working with small objects which are age-appropriate, such as lacing beads, lacing buttons, puzzles, pegboards, building towers, tracing shapes and stencils, coloring pictures, etc. The quality and process of this development is done by a combination of small movements, and continually grows as the child practices every day.

Group Games
Interacting in a group is important in helping a child learn to wait for his/her turn, and in picking another child during game play without always choosing their favorite friend. Group games involve a lot of body movements, and behavior guidelines. Children feel positive about themselves as they learn better listening and language skills. As they role-play, they also provide role-modeling for the other children. Some of the games played are Duck-Duck Goose; Farmer in the Dell; Senorita; Punchinenello.o; and many more.

Quiet Time
Most of the children have gone home for the day by this time. The few remaining will still get to do quiet activities such as puzzles, coloring, games or looking at story books until closing time.

Excerpted from the preschool's website