Preschool is held from 8:30 AM to 12:45 PM. There is no extra charge for preschool.

8:30 - 9:00
Open play time. Children build social/emotional and language skills while playing.


9:00 - 10:00
Circle time starts with a good morning song, followed by calendar and ABCís. All children do a craft. Children 4 years old or older do kindergarten readiness workbooks. We cook as a class at least once a week.


Circle time activities teach children:
    - To listen, sit still, and understand the spoken language.
    - To wait when others are speaking
    - Names
    - Help plan future activities
    - How to add their own ideas to a discussion
    - New vocabulary
We try to have 3-4 planned crafts a week


10:00 - 10:30
AM Snack Children read as we wait for everyone to finish.


10:30 - 11:15
Outside or Large motor Play. Children play on the climbers, slides, and swings. During winter we have sleds. We play games and use our imagination.


11:30 - 11:45
TV time as we wash and prepare for lunch.


11:45 - 12:45
Children serve themselves lunch. We pass the food around and take a little of everything. Children taste everything. If they do to like it they move on to something else. Children may have more of what they like. We talk and have fun while we eat. The children enjoy cleaning up when they are done.


12:45 - 1:00
Children prepare their nap spots and get comfortable.


Craft materials are available all day long. Children color with crayons, markers, and colored pencils. They cut and glue. Stickers are in a case they can get. They write letters with pencils and pens. Paint is used with supervision.


Themes and sample projects
We read books pertaining to the weekly theme.

Farm
      Paper bag pig
      Toilet paper roll farmer
      Paper Plate Rooster
Vegetables
      Garden
      Garden Book
      Cook with Vegetables from garden
      Make vegetable Plankton from Sponge Bob
      Salad Man
Flowers
Birds & Butterflies
Clifford
      Puppets
      Color pages
      Dog Biscuits
Nursery Rhymes
Shapes
Colors
Dinosaurs
Fire
Animals (3 weeks)
Childrenís name, address, phone number, & parentís names
     Children love to learn about themselves. As they learn their name they begin to
      understand how letters can be combined to form words.

Seasons
Apples
Scarecrows

Holidays are celebrated on a rotating basis so that 3-4 Year olds do not do the same thing every year. We try to include many cultures and ethnic themes. We invite family members to come and explain their heritage. Religion is discussed openly.
Examples:      
New YearsValentineís Day
Marti Gras Ground Hogs Day
St. Patrickís DayHalloween
EasterThanksgiving
Martin Luther King Jr.Christmas
Presidents DayPlus More

Cultures
      Chinese
      Mexican - We have many Spanish language guides.
      Indian

War
      Some of our families are over seas. The children have questions.
      Playing and learning will help children understand their feelings about war.

Body Parts & Care
Tooth Care
How to Clean Up


These web pages have wonderful ideas.
www.dltk-teach.com - Has free craft and educational materials
www.first-school.ws - I use to make tracer pages for the 4 year olds.
www.preschoolprintables.com
www.preschoolcoloringbook.com
www.preschooleducation.com - All three of these sites provide great activities and ideas.
www.abc.teach - 5000 free printable work sheets.
www.pbs.org - Ideas for fun activities. Developmental tracker, reading, and language development.
www.aplaceofourown.org - Has activities with a description of what developmental area will be improved on by doing the craft.
www.teacher.scholastic.com - Scholastic offers many great areas to explore



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