Each preschool day is scheduled with structured and predictable routines. We find the children thrive from being able to know, expect, and predict what the next step of the preschool day will bring, making transition a little smoother for this age group.
Children and families are greeted individually as they arrive. They often enjoy sharing in a hug or telling the teacher about something important in their lives. The parents also have an opportunity to discuss any information the teacher may need to know for the day. Children learn to independently change into their indoor shoes and wash their hands to keep themselves and friends healthy and ready to play.
Children engage in activities in the different areas of the classroom, freely choosing what they would like to do. Our preschool is organized into three sections:
Paint room that includes a grain table, water table, paint easels, play dough, and often one main 'messy' crafting activity.
Music room with house and kitchen play activities, gross motor activities, building and creating opportunities, jumping apparatuses, blocks, cars, and a few class pets (mostly fish).
Snack room completed with more fine motor like activities, art projects, journal writing, puzzles, and a comfortable loft full of books for the children to get lost in.
We feel that creative play is the most important part of the preschool day for your child. Therefore, we give this part of the class the longest time.
Collaborative Clean Up
As we sing together, we clean up and help one another put away the toys and apparatus used for the day.
In preparation for snack time the children share in books at the tables while they are called individually to wash their hands. We are an allergy aware facility and we request that the student's snacks are considerate of any allergies within the classroom.
Teachers and students gather around the carpet to sing, dance, make music, listen to stories, preform science experiments (like growing plants and butterflies, and observing their progress), participate in discussions and share ideas.
We take advantage of our outdoor facility each and everyday. There are very few days the children do not make it outside, we remind children to come prepared for rain, snow, and sun. We have a great climbing playground, swings, stride bikes, a very large sandpit, a play house and other climbing apparatus to enjoy together.
We end our day singing our 'goodbye' song. Each child is dismissed individually as parents arrive.