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Fort Hill Child Development Center, Inc.

810 Wilkie Drive
Charleston, WV 25314

Phone:
(304) 344-2439

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We strive to promote the individual child's physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth and well-being.
We provide both active and passive learning experiences to promote the development of skills, social competence, self-esteem, and positive self-identity.
WE WILL
Provide a variety of games, toys, books, crafts, and other material sufficient to allow a child to make choices for him/her self.
Provide a written schedule of daily activities, with a reasonable routine for meals, snacks, sleep, nap-time, and indoor and outdoor play.
Provide a designated area where the child can sit quietly or lie down to rest. There shall be a nap period of at least one hour for children who need it. For the children unable to sleep, time and space for rest and quiet play shall be available. Sleep and rest periods shall be under adult supervision at all times.
Provide the children with freedom to go to the toilet and to get a drink of water as they feel the need.
Provide activities indoors and outdoors that will allow the children to make use of both large and small muscles (development of both gross and fine motor skills).
Provide experiences and equipment appropriate to the age and stage of development of the individual child.
Provide an hour and 1/2 of outdoor play daily, weather permitting, in all seasons of the year.
Provide a balance of quiet and active, group and individual activities with sufficient flexibility to respond to the needs of individual children.
Provide for individual self-expression in conversation, imaginative play, and creativity.
Provide for running, climbing, and other vigorous physical activities.
Provide learning experiences regarding the value of food in relation to growth and development.
Provide opportunities for the child to participate in such activities as preparing for meals, taking out and putting away materials, and caring for his/her own clothing and bedding.
Provide respect for each child as an individual, allowing for choice of activities and interests.
Provide a variety of social experiences. Grouping arrangements shall take into account the child's level of maturity. Mixed-age experiences shall also be provided.
Provide for the cultural diversity of the children by incorporating their language, food, celebrations, and lifestyles into the program."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Sign-in (Quiet activities)
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Small groups free play
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Small group activities
(music, art, math, language arts, science)
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Outdoor or gym play
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Rest and/or nap
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Snack
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Outdoor or gym activities
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Small group free play
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sign out
MUNCHKINS
6:30 - 8:20 ARRIVAL - FREE PLAY
8:20 - 8:30 GET READY FOR BREAKFAST
8:30 - 9:00 BREAKFAST
9:00 - 9:10 CLEAN UP BREAKFAST
9:10 - 9:30 GYM TIME
9:30 - 10:15 DIAPER CHANGE, CUPS, BUGGY RIDE
10:15 - 10:30 FREE PLAY
10:30 - 11:00 BUGGY RIDE, FREE PLAY
11:00 - 11:15 SING SONGS, FLIP BOOKS, READ STORY
11:15 - 11:30 GET READY FOR LUNCH
11:30 - 12:00 LUNCH
12:00 - 12:30 CLEAN UP, DIAPER CHANGE, CUPS
12:30 - 2:50 NAP/REST-TIME, FREE PLAY, BUGGY, DIAPER CHANGE (WHEN CHILDREN AWAKE)
2:50 - 3:30 SNACK, CLEAN UP
3:30 - 4:00 BUGGY, FREE PLAY
4:00 - 4:30 DIAPER CHANGE, CUPS
4:30 - 6:00 FREE PLAY, BUGGY, PARENTS ARRIVE
DRINKS OFFERED AND DIAPERS CHANGED WHEN NEEDED
TODDLER 1
6:30 - 8:45 ARRIVAL TIME/FREE PLAY
8:45 - 9:30 WASH UP FOR BREAKFAST/BREAKFAST
9:30 - 9:55 CLEAN UP FROM BREAKFAST/DIAPER CHANGE
9:55 - 10:20 GYM - ORGANIZED GAMES, MATS
10:20 - 10:30 BUGGY RIDE
10:30 - 11:00 CALENDAR/STORYTIME/BOOKS/ART
11:00 - 11:30 VCR TAPES/DIAPER CHANGES
11:30 - 12:00 OUTSIDE/LARGE BLOCK PLAY
12:00 - 12:45 LUNCH/CLEAN UP
12:45 - 3:00 REST/NAP TIME/BUGGY/DIAPER CHANGE
3:00 - 3:30 SNACK/CLEAN UP
3:30 - 4:00 OUTSIDE
4:00 - 4:15 BUGGY RIDE
4:15 - 4:45 DIAPER CHANGE/TV TIME/DRINKS
4:45 - 6:00 FREE PLAY/BUGGY
DIAPER CHANGES AND DRINK TIME - ALL DAY
Twoosies
6:30 - 8:30 ARRIVAL TIME/FREE PLAY
8:30 - 9:00 DIAPERS/WASH UP FOR BREAKFAST
9:00 - 9:30 BREAKFAST
9:30 - 9:55 STORYTIME/BOOKS/BUGGY
9:55 - 10:20 GYM - ORGANIZED GAMES, MATS
10:20 - 11:00 MUSIC/ART PROJECT
11:00 - 11:30 VCR TAPES/DIAPER CHANGES
11:30 - 12:00 OUTSIDE/LARGE BLOCK PLAY
12:00 - 12:45 LUNCH/CLEAN UP
12:45 - 3:00 REST/NAP TIME/BUGGY/DIAPER CHANGE
3:00 - 3:30 SNACK/CLEAN UP
3:45 - 4:15 OUTSIDE/BUGGY
4:15 - 4:45 DIAPER CHANGE/TV TIME/DRINKS
4:45 - 6:00 FREE PLAY/BUGGY/PARENTS ARRIVE
DIAPER CHANGES AND DRINK TIME - ALL DAY
ROPERS
6:30 - 7:30 ARRIVAL TIME - VCR TAPES
7:30 - 8:30 FREEPLAY - POTTY TIME
8:30 - 9:00 CLEAN-UP - CHANGE DIAPERS - GET READY FOR BREAKFAST
9:00 - 9:30 BREAKFAST (CLEAN UP - POTTY TIME)
9:30 - 9:50 GYM - ORGANIZED GAMES, MATS
9:50 - 10:25 SMALL GROUPS:
BUGGY RIDES
ART
MUSIC
LIBRARY
SMALL MANIPULATIVES

10:30 - 11:00 OUTSIDE - FRONT PLAYGROUND
11:00 - 11:20 SMALL GROUPS (CONT.):
BUGGY RIDES
ART
MUSIC
LIBRARY
SMALL MANIPULATIVES
11:20 - 11:30 CLEAN UP
11:30 - 12:00 VCR OR STORYTIME - CHANGE DIAPERS, ETC.
12:00 - 12:30 LUNCH
12:30 - 1:00 CLEAN UP LUNCH - POTTY/DRINKS
1:00 - 3:00 REST/NAP
3:00 - 3:30 SNACK TIME
3:30 - 4:00 CLEAN UP - POTTY/DIAPER CHANGES - DRINKS
4:15 - 4:45 OUTSIDE - BACK PLAYGROUND
4:45 - 5:15 CLEAN UP - POTTY/DIAPER CHANGES - DRINKS
5:15 - 5:45 VCR/EDUCATIONAL TAPES
5:45 - 6:00 FREE PLAY - PARENTS ARRIVE
POTTY AND DRINK TIME - AS REQUESTED BY CHILD
GREMLINS
6:30 - 8:00 ARRIVAL/QUIET TIME/TV
8:00 - 9:00 FREE PLAY, BOOKS, PUZZLES, LEGOS (NO TV)
9:00 - 9:20 BREAKFAST, CLEAN UP
9:20 - 9:45 POTTY, CHANGE DIAPERS
9:45 - 10:20 ACTIVITY TIME:
OPENING EXERCISES
FLAG SALUTE
MUSIC
CALENDAR LETTERS/SHAPES/COLORS/NUMBERS
ART
SMALL GROUP PLAY

10:20 - 10:45 GYM - ORGANIZED GAMES, MATS
10:45 - 11:00 GROUP TIME: FLANNEL BOARD - STORY TIME, COMPLETE ART
11:00 - 11:30 OUTSIDE - BACK PLAYGROUND
11:30 - 11:55 EDUCATIONAL TAPES, CHANGE DIAPERS, POTTY
11:55 - 12:00 CLEAN UP FOR LUNCH - WASH HANDS
12:00 - 12:30 LUNCH
12:30 - 1:00 CLEAN UP AND DRINKS
1:00 - 3:00 REST OR NAP TIME
3:00 - 3:15 POTTY AND DRINKS
3:15 - 4:00 SNACK AND CLEAN UP, CHANGE DIAPERS
4:00 - 4:15 STORY TIME
4:15 - 4:45 OUTSIDE - FRONT PLAYGROUND
4:45 - 5:15 VCR TAPES, POTTY, CHANGE DIAPERS, WASH HAND, FACES, CHANGE CLOTHES (IF NEEDED)
5:15 - 6:00 FREE PLAY - TABLE GAMES - PARENTS ARRIVE
POTTY AND DRINK TIME - AS REQUESTED BY CHILD
PLAYMATES
6:30 - 7:30 CHILDREN ARRIVE - QUIET TIME (GREMLINS ROOM)
7:30 - 8:25 TABLE PLAY - BOOKS - AREAS
8:25 - 8:35 CLEAN UP AREAS FOR BREAKFAST
8:35 - 8:50 MUSIC/FINGERPLAYS
8:50 - 9:00 WASH HANDS - BATHROOM
9:00 - 9:25 BREAKFAST
9:25 - 9:35 CLEAN UP AFTER BREAKFAST
9:35 - 10:15 SMALL GROUPS (ART, LIBRARY, SMALL MANIPULATIVES, FLAG, BOARDWORK, ETC.)
10:15 - 10:45 OUTSIDE PLAY (WEATHER PERMITTING) AREAS
10:45 - 11:10 GYM - ORGANIZED GAMES
11:10 - 11:20 BATHROOM
11:20 - 11:45 SMALL GOUPS (ART, LIBRARY, SMALL MANIPULATIVES, FLAG, BOARWORK, ETC.)
11:45 - 12:00 STORYTIME/SHOW & TELL (GET READY FOR LUNCH)
12:00 - 12:30 LUNCH
12:35 - 1:00 BATHROOM (GET READY FOR REST/NAP)
1:00 - 3:00 REST/NAP TIME
3:00 - 3:10 BATHROOM
3:10 - 3:45 SNACK/CLEAN UP
3:45 - 4:15 EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS
4:15 - 4:45 OUTSIDE PLAY
4:45 - 5:00 WASH HANDS
5:00 - 6:00 AREAS - TABLE GAMES (WAITING FOR PARENTS TO COME)
POTTYAND DRINK TIME - AS REQUESTED BY CHILD
PRE K-1
6:30 - 7:30 Children arrive meet in Gremlins
7:30 - 8:45 Quiet Games/Centers
8:45 - 9:00 Clean up for breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 Breakfast, cleanup, potty
9:30 - 9:45 Clean up, potty
9:45 - 10:00 Story time
10:00 - 10:15 ACTIVITY TIME
Calendar Letters Numbers
Weather
Music
Show n' Tell

10:15 - 10:45 LEARNING CENTERS
Art
Blocks
Math
Science
Language
Manipulative
Dramatic Play
Cooking

10:45 - 11:00 Cleanup from art & centers
11:00 - 11:30 Outside time or centers
11:30 - 11:50 Gym/Group activity
11:50 - 12:00 Bathroom
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 Clean-up/Potty
1:00 - 3:00 Rest - nap time
3:00 - 3:45 Snack, clean up, potty
3:45 - 4:15 Outside/Learning centers
4:15 - 5:00 Table games/Learning centers
5:00 - 5:30 Educational Tapes
5:30 - 6:00 Children depart - Quiet play - table games - group activities
POTTY AND DRINK TIME - AS REQUESTED BY CHILD
PRE K-2
6:30 - 7:30 Children arrive (Gremlins Room)
7:30 - 8:50 Free play in Learning Centers - Downstairs
8:50 - 9:00 Clean up for Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 Breakfast (clean up)
9:30 - 9:40 Potty Time (Upstairs)
9:40 - 10:00 Board Work:
Calendar/Letter of the Week
Weather
Singing
Special sharing time

10:00 - 11:00 Art & Learning Centers:
Art
Blocks
Math
Science
Language
Manipulative play
Dramatic play
Cooking
11:00 - 11:10 Clean-up Centers
11:10 - 11:30 Gym time
11:30 - 12:00 Outside time (Front Playground) Learning Centers
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 Clean-up and potty
1:00 - 3:00 Rest - nap time
2:45 - 3:30 Kindergarteners arrive/Snack - Clean up
3:45 - 4:15 Outside time/learning Center Kindergarten/Homework
4:15 - 5:00 Learning Centers Kindergarten/Outside (Downstairs Playground)
5:00 - 5:30 Educational tapes - VCR
5:30 - 6:00 Children depart and have quiet play (Table games & toys)
Potty and Drink time - As requested by child "
Excerpted from the preschool's website