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Mushroom Family Learning Center

1240 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15228

Phone:
(412) 531-1225

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At Mushroom Family Learning Center we believe what happens during a child's preschool experience is important. By providing a trusting atmosphere with mutual respect between teacher and child, a child is free to grow in social, emotional and academic areas. Our small student teacher ratio, helps our teachers nourish, stimulate, support, and recognize the uniqueness of each child. This enables the child to discover the special gifts that lie within. We find that when we nurture a child's self esteem the child can be the source of much of his/her development. The teacher serves as a guide to be consulted in the child's discoveries, with emphasis on the child's self control rather than teacher control of the child. We strive to help children resolve conflicts in ways that do not damage self-esteem. By using the language of acceptance, the teacher conveys to the child the trustworthiness of his/her feelings. This acceptance gives Mushroom Family children the freedom to try, to fail, and to try again. We have a rule in all classes: YOU CAN'T SAY YOU CAN'T PLAY. In addition, we have a rule that we are all safe at Mushroom school, There are no weapons here (even pretend ones). We also have a rule that "we keep our hands in our own space" which we explain to the children that we do not touch each other at school.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Two's / Young Three's A.M. Two's P.M.
8:30-9:00 Set up 11:45-12:15
9:00-9:30 Greeting and free play 12:15-12:45
9:30-10:00 Children choose from various activities while continuing with free play
12:45-1:15
10:10-10:20 Clean up 1:15-1:25
10:20-10:35 Snack 1:25-1:45
10:35-10:50 Outside play or inside gross motor activity 1:45-2:05
10:50-11:00 Gather as a group for songs, finger plays and good byes 2:05-2:15

Three's A.M. Three/Fours P.M.
8:30-9:00 Set up 12:00-12:30
9:00-9:30 Greeting and free play 12:30-1:00
9:30-10:30 Children choose from various teacher directed activities
while continuing with free play 1:00-2:00
10:30-10:40 Clean up 2:00-2:10
10:40-11:00 Snack 2:10-2:30
11:00-11:20 Outside play or inside gross motor activity 2:30-2:50
11:20-11:30 Gather as a group for songs, finger plays and good byes 2:50-3:00

Four's A.M. Four/Fives P.M.
08:30-09:00 Set up 12:00-12:30
09:00-09:30 Greeting and free play 12:30-1:00
09:30-09:45 Sharing time and teacher tells the children what activities are available and planned
1:00-1:15
09:45-10:35 Children make choices from teacher directed activities 1:15-2:10
10:35-10:45 Clean up 2:10-2:15
10:45-11:00 Snack 2:15-2:30
11:10-11:15 Outside play or inside gross motor activity 2:30-2:50
11:15-11:30 Gather as a group for songs, finger plays and good byes 2:50-3:00

AM TK Class & AM K-TOO K-TOO PM Class
08:30-09:00 Set up 12:00-12:30
09:00-09:30 Greeting and free play 12:30-1:00
09:30-09:45 Gather as a group for sharing and for discussing the plans for the day
1:00-1:15
09:45-10:45 Children break into groups for music, art, reading reading readiness, math readiness, cooking, or gross
motor activities
1:15-2:15
10:45-11:00 Clean up and snack 2:15-2:30
11:00-11:15 Outside play 2:30-2:50
11:15-11:30 Gathering for songs and finger plays and good byes 2::50-3:00
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Excerpted from the preschool's website