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Small Stars Preschool

1440S 1100W
Woods Cross, UT 84087

Phone:
(801) 296-0670

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"My philosophy of education for young children is to make learning exciting and engaging. My belief is that parents and teachers need to foster a love for learning in children at a very young age. I believe that children need “real� hands-on experiences to help them practice new concepts. By “real�, I mean that they need to see how they can use the information and skills they are learning in their world. I like to use many mediums with students to engage all their senses. To accomplish this I integrate thematic teaching into my curriculum and use centers to reinforce learning.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"3 year olds

Transition Time 10 minutes
Greeting Time 10 minutes
Concept & Skill Development 20 minutes
Circle Time/Show 'n' Tell 10 minutes
Theme Learning 20 minutes
Centers 30 minutes
Snack 10 minutes
Singing & Story Time 10 minutes

4-5 year olds

Transition 10 minutes
Calendar 10 minutes
Circle Time/Show 'n' Tell 10 minutes
Concept & Skill Development 20 minutes
Theme Learning 20 minutes
Center 30 minutes
Snack 10 minutes
Singing & Story Time 10 minutes

3 year olds

Transition Time-The first 10 minutes of each day will serve as a transition time where students get to choose from different activities or participate in a group activity. This will also allow everyone to get to class before greeting time.

Greeting Time- This is where we see who is at preschool, welcome each other, discuss what we will be learning about and start the day off on the right foot.

Concept & Skill Development-This is the when the children will participate in whole class discoveries and hands-on activities that teach shapes, colors, numbers, patterns and other age-appropriate math and reading concepts. All concepts and activities will be presented on a 3 year old level.

Circle Time/Show 'n' Tell-The younger children may be asked to bring or share things they have observed during this time (i.e. bring something orange when learning about colors) or they may have a free choice of something to bring, show, or tell.

Theme Learning-This is a time to explore the theme (ex. zoo animals, transportation, etc.) of the week. I might share objects, videos, magazines and books on the subject. The students will get the opportunity to ask and answer questions on the theme.

Centers-These centers will incorporate the theme of the week and other concepts that are being taught. The younger children's centers are more exploratory and social than academic. The different centers the children are given to choose from include: art, blocks, dramatic play, library, literacy, media, math/manipulatives, sand/water table, science, and writing.

Snack Time- Each day the children will be provided a small nutritious snack before parents come to pick them up.

Singing and Story Time-Just as the name states this will be a time of music and movement with songs, poems, finger-plays, etc.

4-5 year olds

Transition Time-The first 10 minutes of each day will serve as a transition time where students get to choose from different activities or participate in a group activity. This will also allow everyone to get to class before greeting time.

Calendar -The children come together at the beginning of the day to talk about the day of the week, the date, the month, and the year. We'll sing songs that will help them learn each of these. Our calendar days will have a pattern for the children to identify and we'll talk about the weather. The children will be able to see who is at preschool and who is absent.

Circle Time/Show 'n' Tell-The younger children may be asked to bring or share things they have observed during this time (i.e. bring something orange when learning about colors) or they may have a free choice of something to bring, show, or tell.

Concept & Skill Development-This is the time when the children will participate in whole class discoveries and hands-on activities that will help them explore phonemic awareness, phonics, letter names, writing numbers, letters, etc.

Theme Learning-This is the moment where we explore the theme of the week. I might share objects, videos, magazines and books on the subject. The students will get the opportunity to ask and answer questions and do experiments.

Centers-These are hands-on activities that incorporate the theme with other reading, writing, math and science concepts. It's a fun time for the children to tie all their learning together and practice new skills. The different centers may include: art, blocks, dramatic play, library, literacy, media, math/manipulatives, sand/water table, science, and writing.

Snack Time-Each day the children will be provided a small nutritious snack before parents come to pick them up.

Singing Time- Just as the name states this will be a time of music and movement with songs, poems, fingerplays, etc.

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Excerpted from the preschool's website