The Great Outdoors!
(May vary slightly depending on ages/number of children present, interests of the children, weather, or yard.)
8:00-9:50 Children arrive–free play in centers/Art
9:50-10:00 Clean up time, wash hands
10:00-10:15 Snack or cooking activity
10:15-10:30 Circle Time—Calendar, weather, stories, songs, finger plays, games, etc.
10:30-11:45 Outdoor play–Climbing, digging, running, and all things active!
11:45-12:30 Lunch (please send your child with a lunch).
12:30-1:00 Clean up/chage diapers, story time on mats.
1:00-3:00 Nap/quiet time.
3:00-3:30 Put mats away, use the bathroom, wash hands, and eat snack.
3:30-5:00 Outdoor Play, or indoor free play with an afternoon circle time inside.
Per licensing requirements, children 5 years and under who are in care for 6 or more hours are required to have nap/quiet time. Children under 2 years must sleep in a crib or pack n’ play. I have a nap mat with sheets, blankets, and pillows, for each child. All bedding is washed weekly. If your child has a special blankie, binky, etc. feel free to send it along. Rest time gives children a much needed break during the day,and gives the teachers a chance to prep materials for the following day. Our non-napping/older children are able to get up after the other children are asleep and have the opportunity to do Pre-K work with the teachers. Families have often provided different workbooks for their children to do at this time.
At Love and Laughter Drop-in Preschool, children can enjoy learning through play in the many different learning centers set up around the classroom, as well as have positive interactions with other children of different ages. These centers help build a child’s confidence, and promote cooperation. In addition, play allows children to learn how to use their imagination, to concentrate, try out ideas, practice grown up behavior, and develop a sense of control over their world. Our centers are set up to nurture the development of the whole child-their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. For example, children can develop their fine motor skills through cutting, drawing, putting together puzzles or a train set. We use a themed based curriculum based on the interests of our children and activities in the classroom, books, art projects, songs, and circle time discussions reflect our theme.
Children are taught 4 classroom rules: Be kind to others, be safe, take care of our things, and use our words.
Running in the classroom, hitting, pushing, biting, grabbing, kicking, spitting, pinching, climbing on tables and standing on the sofas or chairs are not allowed. If we have a child that continuously bites or hurts another child, we may have to send them home.
Positive methods of discipline encourage self-control, self-direction, self-esteem, and cooperation. For example, talking to a child about why a behavior isn’t allowed, and how it relates to our 4 rules, as well as redirecting a child to a different activity, or making ammends when offenses involve another person.
Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE will there be any spanking, physical abuse, verbal abuse, name calling, or isolation used. Neither will food or sleep be witheld from a child as a means of punishment. The use of time outs will be used occasionally when a brief cooling off period is needed. Sometimes when children are fighting or misusing a toy, the toy may be put in time out instead.