HOW OUR PRESCHOOL DAY FLOWS:
7:45 Preschool opens - Parents are asked to use hand sanitizer before entering the school to eliminate spreading of germs on door knobs, pens, etc. when signing in and out each day. Children have a stone, shell or button with their name on the item chosen for the year to find their name and place in the basket when arriving. This is helpful in name recognition and their way of signing in. Once inside photos are posted so each child will know how to complete the morning routine.
The number of the week is posted outside. Children are able to count out items and place in another container matching the number of the week. Summer months it is about matching objects to the proper color.
Below you will find what a typical all day preschool is like. The daily routine is well balanced and gives plenty of time for the power of play.
I have divided the daily routine into four segments of a day. This may make it easier to read and understand. Please note that all times are approximations.
SEGMENT ONE OF A TYPICAL DAY
7:45 - 8:45 Arrivals - Each child is individually greeted as they arrive. Your child will learn to hang up their own coat, take their own shoes off and put their shoes in their own shoe container. Photos of what to do are posted for your child to visually learn the steps. Teacher will wash their hands to remove germs from their home. I have special soap containers with either duck, lighthouse, giraffe, frogs, star fish, owl, bear or ducks to choose from. Then off to child-selected activities in all areas open while waiting for all other students to arrive.
It is important to us that your child be able to participate and learn during our morning greeting time that begins at 8:30. It is a wonderful learning time for them and lots of fun too. I am always looking forward to your child joining us each morning.
8:30 - 9:00 Morning greeting time. Music and movement - clean up song, kindness walk, kindness cheer, let's start our day song and a song that helps learn how to count to 100 plus some exercise while learning. Daily group time all together to discuss weather, calendar date, month, letter, shape and color of the week and much more. We then move on to learning rhymes and poems related to kindness, senses, brushing teeth, thankfulness, earthquake readiness, fire safety, seat belt safety, picking up litter, friends, left and right and more. We review each child's birthday during this time and name recognition of all attending. If time allows a short learning topic will be covered each morning. Assistant is setting up morning snack and bringing in lunch boxes provided to your child to use each day during this time. We provided all morning and afternoon snack, plus 100% juice, milk and water.
9:00 - 9:30 Morning snack served - small group of 8. Other small group of 8 outside time for large and gross motor activities.
9:30 - 10:00 We exchange groups so that outside group now comes in for morning snack and the other children go outside.
When weather is too cold or heavy rain we use this time for a 15 min. gross motor activity to music inside. Children can run, hop, gallop, skip, to music. Then child selected activities. I provide rain coats for all children so that we can go outside even on light rain days.
10:00 - 11:15 Time to begin Teacher-initiated activities related to the selected theme of the week. This could involve arts and crafts, math, games, painting, neighborhood walks, music and movement and much more. Sometimes there will be individual, small or large group participation related to these activities. We plan activities related to a child's age. Show and Tell and mystery box is included during this time frame once a week. As well as a visit from the librarian and outside music specialist visiting twice a month. We also make homemade soup giving our Star of the Week a chance to bring in several types of vegetables to cut up with a crinkle cutter and add to the afternoon soup for snack. When everyone has had a turn we move on to making homemade bread once a week until the end of May.
11:15 - 11:30 We meet together to participate in a variety of music and movement songs while lunch is being prepared by an assistant.
11:30-12:30 First group called to lunch. Other listen to teacher led stories, child-selected activities, social activities with friends while waiting their turn for lunch. Upcoming graduates work on their preparation for graduation at this time.
SECOND SEGMENT OF A TYPICAL DAY
12:30 - 1:15 All children toileting and brushing teeth, child-selected activities all areas.
1:15 - 1:30 Bedding being prepared for rest time. Upcoming graduates help with bringing beds to the areas and making the beds with pillow, sheet and blanket. Book time for those not assisting.
1:30 - 2:45 Children are observing rest time.
1:30 - 2:00 Children who no longer rest may participate in outside time if weather permits. If inside they begin to complete any crafts, etc. that need to be finished related to weekly theme, play dough available plus paper for creative drawing time. We always have building items like magnatiles, magnetic blocks, lots of open ended building ideas to learn from.
2:00- 2:30 Upcoming graduates work on printing their name, printing upper and lower case letters. Numbers from 1 - 100. When it gets farther into the year they will be printing site words. Practicing scissor skills by cutting out shapes.
THIRD SEGMENT OF A TYPICAL DAY
2:45- 3:00 Children waking up, rest time materials being put away by upcoming graduates.
Individual book time - New books are renewed from the public library every two weeks.
3:00 - 3:20 Afternoon snack served to small group while other small group participates indoor gross motor activities then teacher led story time.
3:20 - 3:45 Exchanging of groups and snack. Group just coming in from snack participates in indoor gross motor activity and teacher led story time.
3:45 - 4:00 Child selected activities.
4:00 - 4:45 Weekly art journal time. These creative art sheets will stay on file until your child graduates and will be put into a special binder for remembrance. To help in language skills we ask them what is going on in their pictures and write down exactly as they dictate.
FOURTH SEGMENT OF A TYPICAL DAY
4:45 - 4:55 End of the day clean up song, kindness walk (we walk around and shake hands when told, high five and give hugs, kindness cheer, music and movement song followed by our end of he day poem).
There are times we add in activities using rhythm sticks, scarf and ribbon activity. Parachute fun, bowling, bean bag tossing, jump through hoops, balance beam and much more to end our day.
When the weather continues to be sunny and warm we enjoy the back playground until parents arrive. We then go outside from 4:30 - 5:15.
4:55:5:00 CD story when we were unable to go outside due to weather and getting dark by 4:30.
5:00 - 5:05 Children hop scotch on a special item and then get their shoes out of their bin and put on.
5:05 - 5:30 Table activities/departures.
5:30 Preschool Closes
Ways we make transition from one activity to another easier for all children:
1. We allow children time to prepare for transitions by giving them a warning. This shows them respect.
2. Try to keep transitions limited in a day.
3. We give advanced description of what is to come.
4. Limit the number of minutes children must wait for the next activity. We are well prepared.
5. Plan our transition activities ahead of time.
6. Children who may have difficulty making transition may need individual help by using pictures.
7. We limit the number of directions given at one time.
8. Touch, physically guide, and speak individually to younger children or those new to the program.
9. Motivate them to come.
10. Give children a task if they must wait. These become "teachable moments."
11. Avoid moving a whole group from one activity to another. Divide children into smaller groups to move from one place to another.
I hide the letter of the week somewhere in the building where a child can find it during their child selected activity time once a week. When they do find the letter they get to go to my treasure chest of many items, choose their item and take home at the end of the day.