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Ymca Newport County - Twice As Nice Childcare

Newport, RI 02840

(401) 841-5357


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Listed below are specific goals and objectives for children between three and five years of age who participate in a program using the Creative Curriculum.
Socio-Emotional Development
To experience a sense of self-esteem: identify oneself as a member of a specific family and cultural group
feel proud of one’s heritage and background
demonstrate confidence in one’s growing abilities
demonstrate increasing independence
stand up for one’s rights
To exhibit a positive attitude toward life:
demonstrate trust in adults
be able to separate from parents
demonstrate interest and participate in classroom activities
participate in routine activities easily
To demonstrate cooperative, pro-social behavior:
seek out children and adults
understand and respect differences
accept responsibility for maintaining the classroom environment
help others in need
respect the rights of others
share toys and materials
work cooperatively with others in completing a task
resolve conflicts constructively
Cognitive Development
To acquire learning and problem-solving skills:
demonstrate an interest in exploring
ask and respond to questions
show curiosity and a desire to learn
use planning skills
observe and make discoveries
find more than one solution to a problem
apply information and experience to a new context
use creativity and imagination
persist in tasks
To expand logical thinking skills:
classify objects by similarities and differences
put together objects that belong together
recall a sequence of events (e.g., first, second, last)
arrange objects in a series (e.g., smallest to largest)
recognize patterns and be able to repeat them
increase awareness of cause – and – effect relationships
To acquire concepts and information leading to a fuller understanding of the immediate world:
demonstrate an awareness of time concepts (e.g., yesterday, today)
identify names of objects and events
make comparisons (e.g., more/less, larger/smaller, taller/shorter)
use words to describe the characteristics of objects (e.g., colors, shapes)
identify the roles people play in society
identify relationships of objects in space (below, inside, under)
count in correct sequence and match one to one
To demonstrate skills in make-believe play:
assume a pretend role
make-believe with objects
make-believe about situations
sustain play
interact with other children
To expand verbal communication skills:
recall words in a song or finger play
follow simple directions
use words to explain ideas and feelings
talk with other children during daily activities
make up stories
participate in group discussions
To develop beginning reading skills:
acquire a love of books
listen to a story and explain what happened
demonstrate knowledge of how to use books (e.g., turning pages)
recognize pictures and text on a page
To acquire beginning writing skills:
make increasingly representational drawings
imitate recognizable letters and numbers
recognize written names
label pictures
demonstrate an interest in using writing for a purpose
(e.g., making signs, sending letters)
Physical Development
To enhance gross motor skills:
use gross motor skills with confidence
walk up and down stairs
run with increasing control over direction and speed
jump over or from objects without falling
use large muscles for balance
(e.g., walk on tiptoe, balance on one foot)
catch a ball or bean bag
throw an object in the intended direction
ride and steer a tricycle
climb up and down equipment without falling
To enhance and refine fine motor skills:
coordinate eye and hand movements (e.g., completing puzzles, chopping)
use small muscles to complete tasks (e.g., building, stringing)
use small muscles for self-help skills (e.g., pouring, zipping)
use writing and drawing tools with increasing control and intention
To use all senses in learning:
demonstrate skill in discriminating sounds
demonstrate visual discrimination skills
discriminate by taste and smell
discriminate differences in texture

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00-8:30 Drop off, free play
8:30-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-9:30 Circle Time
9:30-10:45 Learning Centers
10:45-11:30 Outside Play
11:30-12:00 Lunch
12:00-12:30 Bathroom, Brush Teeth
12:30-2:00 Quiet Time
2:00-2:15 Put cots away, Bathroom
2:15-2:45 Snack time
2:45-3:30 Outside Play
3:30-5:30 Free Play, Pick up time
A Typical Day - Half Day Pre-School
8:30-9:00 Circle Time
9:00-10:15 Learning Centers
10:15-11:00 Outside Play
11:00-11:30 Story time
11:30-12:00 Lunch Time
12:00-12:30 Books and Puzzle time
*Extended Half-Day
12:30-1:30- Center Time
1:30-2:00- Outside Time
*Swim and gym is incorporated into each schedule for the day.
Excerpted from the preschool's website