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Waisman Early Childhood Prog

1500 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705-2274

(608) 263-5760


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Waisman Early Childhood Program provides a supportive and enriching environment that fosters each child's social-emotional, cognitive, language and physical development. Our underlying philosophy is that children learn through play, and our goal is to provide many kinds of play experiences, supporting each child's progress at his or her own pace. Based on the assumption that all children have strengths, we promote the positive accomplishments each child makes. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Arrival & Free Play
• Circle Time (an orienting time; children may sing and do movement activities, have show-and-tell activities, review the plan for the day, etc.)
• Snack (some classrooms have this as part of Choice Time; others have a uniform snack time)
• Choice Time (a time when children rotate among the learning areas; teachers also set out specific table activities they may have made)
• Small Groups (for older children, when a group of five or six children do a specific activity with a teacher)
• Large Motor Activities (outside or in the gym)
• Lunch
• Rest Time
• Afternoon Program (for those who stay after 3:30; includes a shortened version of the morning program)"
Excerpted from the preschool's website