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Project Bridges Day Care

803 East College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911

Phone:
(920) 739-3840

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The High/Scope approach to preschool education is a unique process that has been tested and researched for over 30 years. The approach incorporates five elements that function within the open framework philosophy: Active Learning, Adult-Child Interaction, Learning Environment, Daily Routine and Assessment.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • writing center, child sign-in and dictation, daily news, read aloud
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • counting games, manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • daily schedule
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • singing and movement activities
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

The High/Scope approach to preschool education is a unique process that has been tested and researched for over 30 years. The approach incorporates five elements that function within the open framework philosophy: Active Learning, Adult-Child Interaction, Learning Environment, Daily Routine and Assessment.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers regularly record notes on children's behaviors, experiences and interests. They use these notes to asssess each child's development and plan activities that can facilitate each child's unique growth.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Project Bridges is a NAEYC accredited, nonprofit day care and preschool. Since 1973, we have been a leader in providing high quality care and education for children with diverse needs, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are a multicultural day care center and preschool, that believes it is the basic right of every child to feel a sense of identity, purpose and self-esteem, derived in part from each child's cultural heritage. We also believe that each child is unique and deserves the opportunity to grow and experience that uniqueness. With a nationally recognized curriculum, highly trained teachers, and a commitment to low student/teacher ratios, children develop a sense of identity and community in a safe, nurturing environment. For all children enrolled, as well as their families, participating in an integrated program that is reflective of the community and rich in diversity, fosters the respect and appreciation of similarities and differences."

A Typical Day

6:45 am Center Opens
7:00 am Free Choice in Classrooms
8:30 am Wash Hands & Breakfast
9:00 am Large Motor (Outside or in Gym)
9:30 am Daily News, Calendar, Weather
9:45 am Small Group: Adut initiated learning
10:00 am Planning, Work Time and Recall
11:00 am Large Group
11:20 am Wash Hands, Lunch and Bathroom
12:30 pm Rest or Nap
2:45 pm Wash Hands, Snack and Bathroom
3:15 Large Motor (Outside or in Gym)
3:45 Large Group
4:00 Work Time and Enrichments
5:30 Center Closes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents receive daily written reports on their child's care, activities and behavior. Teachers complete weekly lesson plans and a monthly calendar and newsletter is distributed. Three family nights are held throughout the year, and parent-teacher conferences are offered in spring and fall. The center is open to parents at any time, and each classroom has a phone for parents who wish to call to leave a message, check on their child's day etc.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our caring and experienced staff will help both parents and children struggling with separation. We will help them establish a morning routine, get the child involved in an activity, and provide that extra comfort and nurturing when needed. Teachers will often communicate more often with parents via phone calls the first few days to reassure them their child is happy and adjusting well.