Schedule

Free Choice Play 8:45 AM / 12:45 PM *

 

WHAT CHILDREN DO

Interest areas are set up throughout the center so children can play alone or in small groups with s variety of materials and activities. These include:

  • Art/craft Table – playdough, collage, etc.
  • Self-help Art – children create own projects from assortment of supplies.
  • Sensory table – sand water, dry rice etc. with scoops, cups funnels, etc.
  • Blocks – for building, stacking, etc.
  • Manipulatives – e.g. pretend hospital, store, post office plus dolls, dress-up
  • Books/Quiet Areas – upper loft, bookshelf

 

DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS

Allows children to initiate and direct their own play at their own pace to:

  • Make independent choices
  • Socialize with other children
  • Gain self-confidence as they learn new skills and discover new interests

Activities and materials are easily accessible, open-ended, and changed regularly to appeal to a range of ages, interests, and developmental levels.

 

WHAT CHILDREN LEARN 

Interest Area activities help children's learning process by:

  • Encouraging creative self-expression
  • Promoting development of fine motor skills (cutting, drawing, pouring etc.) & enhance development of eye-hand coordination, color/shape/size discrimination, cause & effect, spatial relation
  • Providing opportunities for role-playing, problem-solving, language development
  • Promoting social skills of sharing, cooperation, and communication

 

Clean-Up Snack 10 AM / 2PM *

 

WHAT CHILDREN DO

Children and teachers together put away materials used and line up in hallway to wash hands. One teacher assists at the sink while the other involves the children in songs/fingerplays. The “helper” child passes out cups and napkins among three tables. Children find a place, as they are ready. Children serve themselves from a main serving plate and small pitchers.

 

DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS

Established routines build a sense of responsibility and community. Finding their seats and pouring their own juice promotes independence. Snack is a good time for relaxing and socializing, and for discussing good nutrition and health habits. Ethnic snack from center families expose children to new foods and encourage their natural curiosity in the world around them.

 

WHAT CHILDREN LEARN

Setting up and passing around snack builds pre-math skills such as parts of whole, counting and one-to-one correspondence. New and ethnic foods invite children in comparing and contrasting these foods with more familiar ones. Conversations at individual tables further promote communication and social skills.

 

Books / Small Groups 10:30 AM / 2:30 PM*

 

WHAT CHILDREN DO

As children finish eating, they take care of their cup and napkin, and go into the other room to look quietly at books. Each teacher reads 2 or 3 of the children’s selections to small groups on the floor.

 

DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS

Informal reading time allows children to identify with issues and characters in the stories they hear, and to ask questions and relate experiences of their own with the teacher and other children. This facilitates language development and also fosters individual children’s self-esteems. Story time creates positive social/emotional development e.g. learning to sit and listen builds stronger attachments between adult and child. Reading time is the base for the child(ren)'s awareness between language and literacy.

 

WHAT CHILDREN LEARN

Story time helps children to learn:

  • Sequencing and patterning
  • Letter and sound association
  • Grasping concept of author and illustrator
  • Familiarity with story form: beginning, middle, and end

 

Large Group 10:45 AM / 2:45PM *

 

WHAT CHILDREN DO

Teachers help children find a place on the floor on carpet squares. The day’s helper assists the teacher with the calendar and weather information, and chooses how the group will sing the “days” song and count the calendar days. The focus of the group time is usually a story relating to the week’s theme, followed by interactive group activities such as music, creative movement, or games. Time is also given to featured “child” or “country” of the week. 

 

DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS

Gathering together for the teacher-directed group time reinforces a sense of belonging and cooperation. It also gives children practice in controlling their voice and bodies; fosters listening skills; and an awareness of other’s personal space. Taking turns as the helper and child of the week builds self-esteems, and encourages interest and respect for other individuals and cultures. 

 

WHAT CHILDREN LEARN

Calendar/weather discussions foster pre-math and pre-writing skills (counting, number and letter recognition, sequencing); and promote understanding of concepts such as hot, cold, wet, sunny, etc. The social skills in learning to be part of a group are also enhanced (waiting, taking turns, sharing, and respecting each other’s ideas in discussion).

 

Outside Play 11:00 / 3:00 PM *

 

WHAT CHILDREN DO

Teachers vary the outside play options to meet the individual and group needs and interests. Play options include sand toys, playground equipment, riding toys, ball games, and neighborhood walks.

 

DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS

Outside, children use large-motor skills such as running and climbing; enhance their coordination; and engage in active fantasy play.

 

WHAT CHILDREN LEARN

In addition to improving large motor skills, communication and negotiating skills are also strengthened as children run, climb, build, and use this time to “let loose”.

 

* Precise activity times may vary from day to day, but sequence of activities will remain the same.

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