Core academics: In our Pre-K program with Ms. Tanya and her daughter/teacher’s assistant, Ms. Ari, we place an emphasis on the fundamental academics for young learners. The alphabet (focus on letter recognition of uppercase and lowercase, how to form the letters by writing them, the sounds the letters make, and words that start with the letters). Numbers (the ability to recognize numbers, count as high as we can according to ability, how to form numbers by writing them, simple math such as addition and subtraction). Science (We have super fun scientific activities focusing on child-lead interest in the classroom). Social studies (we learn how to form a strong sense of community in our classroom by mindful structure, scheduling, class “jobs”, and various elements of community outreach throughout the year). Art and Music (We not only have crafts and music in our room on a daily basis, but we also have a resident art/music teacher who comes in twice a week during the year). Spanish (we use everyday Spanish words throughout the day and also have Spanish class with Mr. Robert on M, W, and F).
We enjoy playing and exploring outdoors almost every day. The only way we don’t is if the weather is not permitting. If we are unable to be outdoors we make sure to have a ball in our sensory room that our school offers. Our children use this time to discover all that the earth has to offer. They play in the dirt, snow, and puddles. When the weather changes we make a big deal out of it and use scientific discovery to find out “WHY?”. We make many crafts with outdoor items, we discuss the weather daily with our resident weather owl, Ms. Belle, and we have various elements of earth/weather/science weaved throughout the year. The importance of a child learning in an outdoor environment is invaluable. Integrating the earth and all that it has to offer to our health is a key element in our classroom philosophy. Children thrive when they are given the opportunity to use their imaginations outdoors as well as create optimal health from fresh air, exercise, and sunshine.
In preschool we practice ways to be mindful of the feelings of our friends, our personal space, ways to comfort ourselves and others, how to interact in a way that is safe and kind, and we practice how to become a cohesive, united classroom of friends. Self-regulation is highly emphasized as well as learning to be self-sufficient. This supports confidence in Self and lets them know they can do so many things with minimal adult assistance (ex: getting on their coats, shoes, cleaning up after themselves, etc.) We have also started yoga and mindfulness practice in our classroom at the end of the day. This is a relaxing way to end our days together and learn how to find a calm space within for younger children.
8:45-9:00 Bathroom/wash hands
9:00-9:30 Free Play
9:30-10:00 Circle Time
(Songs, calendar, weather, “How was your night?”, What we are going to do that day/schedule, Spanish, Spelling names practice, math games, etc.)
10:00-10:45 Craft and/or Literacy and Free Play (if we have extra time)
(Craft about what we are learning that week, language arts: ABC’s, name recognition, letter sounds, etc)
*This is the time when the older children are taken to the library or other room for learning on their level. We do language arts and math work.
10:45-11:00 Bathroom/wash hands
11:00-11:50 Outdoor discovery/recess
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY
11:20-11:50 Mr. Robert- Spanish
11:50-12:00 Bathroom/wash hands
12:00-12:30 Lunch/clean up
12:30-2:00 Nap/quiet time
TUESDAY & THURSDAY
2:00-2:25 Ms. Laura – Art & Music
2-2:30 Prep to go home/ Yoga & Mindfulness/ Story Time