Our daily classroom routines include:
Circle Time: Children sit together and the teacher initiates a conversation about topics such as the weather, the calendar: focusing on the month, day, year, and day of the week, the seasons, an upcoming holiday or a special event.
Sometimes the teacher will lead a discussion about a special theme or group project. The children will be introduced to a new letter, number, shape and color each week.
They will also sing different songs such as the alphabet song, the days of the week song, the months of the year song, the number song, and different nursery rhymes.
Free Choice: Children choose from a variety of different activities available in the different centers throughout the classroom:
Cognitive area: Books, puzzles, manipulative toys, pre-reading, math and science tools and experiences.
Creative area: Paints, easels, play dough, sensory experiences, materials for drawing, cutting, and other materials to create open-ended projects.
Gross motor area: Building materials, music and manipulative toys, trucks, cars, trains, climbing toys, and other large muscle toys in the class and on the playground.
Socio dramatic area: Dolls, housekeeping play area, puppets, dress up clothes and props are offered to allow children to imitate and make sense of the world around them.
Children initiate their own play, either alone or with other children. They learn how to work independently, take turns, share and play cooperatively with others.
Group Activity: During this time children will have the opportunity to incorporate what they learned at circle time (color, shape, number or letter) through a science, art or writing activity.
They practice new skills, develop fine motor control, and learn how to communicate their ideas and needs effectively.
Meals: We provide breakfast, hot lunch and an afternoon snack. We serve all of our meals family style. This encourages children to serve themselves with or without the help of an adult, who is always at the table with the children.
Family style meals promote language development, allow sharing, provide concrete experiences, and promote pre-mathematical skills for children.
Outdoor Play: Climbing, running, jumping, bouncing balls and crawling through tunnels helps children develop large muscle control, motor coordination, and balance.
Clean-Up: As children learn to clear the table or put away the blocks, they learn how to plan, organize, and work with others.
Story time: Children gather together to listen as the teacher tells a story or reads from a book. They look at the illustrations and discuss them. The teacher asks questions about the story, helping children to learn to predict what will happen next.
She encourages them to think about the characters and plot, and to use new vocabulary from the story.
Special Events: There will be occasional variations in the daily routine for class trips related to special interests such as a visit to the park, grocery store or post office.
Special visitors like police officers or firefighters will also come to the classroom occasionally. Parents are always welcomed to share a special skill or cultural tradition.
Music: Our music program is offered on a weekly basis for a half hour in each class. This includes singing to develop language skills, movement to develop motor skills and rhythm to develop spatial skills that help with math and science.
Studies from the American Music Conference have shown that children who regularly participate in music have shown dramatic improvements in memory retention skills, eye hand coordination, and spatial temporal reasoning skills.