What will my child do all day?

During the day your child will be enjoying a variety of activities all selected by the teacher to encourage different aspects of growth and development.  We work to provide activities that address your child’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social development.  Each area of development is related to the other and each area is as important as the others.  The preschool day includes: time for the children to arrive and become comfortable in their classroom, about 45 minutes of outdoor play, a daily snack and a large block of choice time where the children explore their classroom.

Sample Schedule for Three-Year-Old Class

9:00-9:15 Arrival/Welcome

9:15-9:55 Playground

9:55-10:00 Clean Up & Wash Hands

10:00-10:30 Snack Time

10:30-10:45 Circle Time

10:45-11:55 Center Time and Project Time

11:55-12:00 Dismissal

During their center time the classroom is set up with a variety of learning centers for the child to choose from.  The centers may include a Language Center, Building Center, Dramatic Play Center, Art Center, Math & Science Center, Music Center, Christian Education Center, Sand/Water/Sensory Center and Computer Center.  Depending on the age of the children in the classroom the number and type of centers are adjusted.  These centers will have planned activities and materials that the teacher has selected based on what skills they want to encourage with the children, as well as, what the children are interested in.

The following is what we try to accomplish in some of the more common Learning Centers.

Dramatic Center – develops language and spontaneous play, leadership skills, cooperation, following directions, as well as acting out roles, building self-esteem.

Language Center – develops language, book appreciation, builds vocabulary, and develops listening skills.  Fine muscle skills, as well as pre-reading and pre-writing skills, are encouraged.

As a supplement, 3-year-old classes through Kindergarten include Literacy Centers.  Each center is equipped with developmentally appropriate products from Leap Frog School House and Lexia Reading Systems (Pre-K & Kinder).  Three-year-old classes use the Imagination Desk Learning Surface and Leap Pads.  All materials are also available in Spanish.  These materials expose the children to letters and their sounds while using cutting-edge multisensory technology.  Kindergarten students spend an hour each day in a Literacy Computer Lab.  Multiple materials engaging students in hands-on activities that involve all of their senses are available.  The Leap Desk Workstation, Leap Mat Literacy Surface and Leap Pads are integrated with Lexia Phonics Based Reading Software materials.  All materials are designed to provide phonemic awareness, sound-symbol correspondence, word attack skills and comprehension, along with thousands of vocabulary words.  Using these integrated systems allows students to work on fundamental reading skills quickly and independently with less adult intervention.

Building Center – develops an understanding of spatial and math concepts, creative construction, imagination, drama, questioning, perceptual motor skills, and cooperation.

Art Center – develops creativity, self-satisfaction, and control over small muscles used in writing.  It also allows exploration of color and media.

Christian Education Center – encourages religious language, faith development, moral and spiritual growth.  Through the use of creative and meaningful storytelling, parables, the sacred story, and liturgical action come to life.  The children are then encouraged to respond in play or art.

Sand/Water Center – develops thinking, questioning, and experimen­tation; physical dexterity is also practiced.  It is a very soothing yet challenging activity.

Music Center – develops creative expression, sound discrimination and music appreciation, along with the pure enjoyment of singing and rhythmic experiences.

Computer Center – Children at all levels of development benefit from active involvement with computers.  Computers provide valuable access to technology and promote cognitive growth by teaching new skills and problem solving.  Open-ended software is used to encourage group use, building on children’s social skills (Pre-K and Kinder classes only).

Each week teachers change materials in each center to encourage creativity and exploration.