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Preschool
 
Learning Centers

Learning centers are designed to meet the guidelines of the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale and Quality Accreditation. Many of the materials and supplies in the learning centers are rotated to enhance learning. Props related to the thematic topic of the week are also added to the centers to enrich the children’s play experience.

Each classroom has the following learning centers:
  • Dramatic Play
  • Blocks
  • Kitchen
  • Science
  • Music
  • Writing
  • Book Nook
  • Art
  • Computers
  • Nerf/Gross Motor
  • Manipulatives
  • Water Table
  • Rice Table
Clean Up:
Children are to help clean up their own messes. Shelves are labeled with pictures to help the children know where to put the toys and equipment back on the shelf. When playing in centers, children are to put up the item they are playing with before they get out another one. If in dramatic play, they are to hang up one dress before they get out another one.

Number of Children Allowed to Play in Centers:
Limiting the number of children playing in each center helps prevent behavioral issues and toys from getting destroyed. There are center signs that designate the name of the center, a number and tag holders that designate the number of children allowed to play in that center at one time. Each child has his/her own center tag. They are responsible for moving their center tag to the center they want to play in. If there are no open tag holders, the child will choose a different center. The children are selected to go to centers based on who listened and participated in circle time to reinforce appropriate group time behavior.

Developmental Screenings and Therapy

All three and four year old children will be screened by the Coop. If it is determined that a child needs services, therapist will meet with the parents to decide the educational plan that best fits the needs of the child. The therapist will meet with the teacher briefly after each therapy session to inform the teacher on what skills the child is working on so that the teacher can reinforce the skills with the child in the classroom.

Children’s Developmental Levels

Teachers keep samples of children’s work in their individual portfolio. Teachers use a variety of methods to document children’s levels of development. There are seven different areas of development that are monitored including:
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Science
  • Physical
  • Social/Emotional
  • Social Studies
  • Art
Teachers work with children individually during learning centers to help them master developmentally appropriate skills.

Teachers also take photographs of children participating in various activities and create a scrapbook for each child that is given to the parents at the end of the program.

Parent Conferences

Teachers host parent-teacher conferences in November and May to update parents on children’s developmental progress. Teachers explain in detail the children’s developmental levels in the various areas. The teachers communicate regularly with the parents and work collaboratively with parents if it is determined that the child needs additional assistance at home to insure the child is ready to enter kindergarten.

Parent Involvement

Parent and Child Activities
Parent and Child Activities "PAC" activities are large sheets of construction paper that are given for parents and children to work together to decorate. They are to be returned to the class to be displayed. We are always amazed at the creativity and uniqueness of the projects.

Super Stars
Once during the year each child will be selected as “Superstar” for the week. A letter will be sent home the week prior to inform the parents of their child’s "Super Star Week". Parent are encouraged to help the child create a poster of the child’s friends, family, pets or other things that are important to the child to share with the class. The poster will be displayed in the room after the child has had an opportunity to tell about his/her poster to the class. Parents may also bring a snack during their child’s week.

Holiday Parties
Parents are welcome to come and join their child during various events and parties. Teachers will inform the parents in their classroom newsletter what time of day their party and activities will take place. There may also be a sign-up sheet on the classroom door for parents to sign-up to help.

Allergies

If a child has an allergy to a particular food or drink, there must be a doctor’s note in the child’s file. Parents will sign a HIPPA note that will allow staff to post the child’s picture and allergy in his/her classroom so that teachers and substitutes will be aware of the allergy. The child’s name and allergy will also be posted in the kitchen.

Epi-pens may be left at the center for emergency situations and are kept in the kitchen.

Any medical needs to be addressed that have been identified on a medical care plan will be implemented by classroom teacher.

Medications

If a child needs medication, they are to fill out a medication form and leave the medication with the director. The form will be given to the teacher who will document the time the medication is given and the initials of who gave the medication. The form will be kept in the classroom by the phone. Prior to giving the medication, the teacher will check the bottle and the medication form to insure the correct time, dosage, route and amount of medication is given. The medication must be in the original container and staff members are prohibited from giving the medication to a child if his/her name is not on the prescription. Please make sure that the medication is picked up daily.

Preschool Schedule

Schedules should alternate active and quiet periods as well as teacher directed and child directed activities.

  Time   Description  
  07:45 - 08:15   Arrival, Centers (table games)  
  08:15 - 08:30   Circle Time (Calendar, Weather)  
  08:30 - 08:40   Wash Hands  
  08:40 - 09:00   Breakfast  
  09:00 - 09:20   Brush Teeth, Wash Hands  
  09:20 - 09:35   Circle Time (Thematic Topic)  
  09:35 - 10:05   Learning Centers  
  10:05 - 10:20   Circle Time (Science)  
  10:20 - 10:50   Learning Centers  
  10:50 - 11:25   Outside Play  
  11:25 - 11:35   Wash Hands  
  11:35 - 12:00   Lunch  
  12:00 - 02:00   Read Story and Naptime  
  02:00 - 02:15   Bathroom, Wash Hands  
  02:15 - 02:30   Snack  
  02:30 - 03:00   Circle Time (Letter of the Week & Activity)  
  03:00 - 04:00   Outside Play  
  04:00 - 04:30   Learning Centers & Afternoon Activity  
  04:30 - 05:15   Table Games  
  05:15 - 06:00   Individual Activities, Computers  

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