We have a strict study schedule that we enforce on all our young children. Just kidding!! Look how much fun she’s having! Actually we work hard to find the perfect balance between structured routines and creative play. We’re always adding new and interesting activities for the children to express themselves, develop skills, and have fun! We also rotate and invest in new toys and games regularly to ensure our little students don’t get bored. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of some of the activities we engage in regularly:
Sensory Development and Recognition
Colored Rice Sifting and Sorting
Molding with Play-Doh
Mystery Balloons (balloons filled with mysterious textures)
Water Table Play
Group Activities and Social Encouragement
While we don’t force children to play with each other, we do recognize the potential benefits of social exercises, and don’t want anyone to feel left out! Playing games together is a great way for children to bond and make friends – especially for those who are a little shy. We do a lot of group activities to encourage fundamental social skills, such as sharing, taking turns and working together to solve a problem.
Imaginative Play (costumes, play kitchen, puppets, baby dolls, doll house, etc.)
Painting (with fingers/brushes/sponges/chalk, etc.)
Art Projects (varies greatly using a large assortment of materials)
Fine Motor Skills Practice and Development
Tweezer Sorting Game (large plastic tweezers are used to grab and sort pompoms or other objects)
Dry-Pouring (beans, rice, buttons, etc.)
Preschool Learning Games and Activities
We make a concentrated effort to provide age-appropriate learning activities for children who are preparing to enter Kindergarten.
Some of these activities include…
The Alphabet (Alphabet Cards is one example of how we help teach older children the alphabet. This is an art activity based around alphabet characters encouraging letter recognition, one letter at a time. Typically a letter is cut out and pasted to look like the object it represents. Z is for Zebra, Q is for Queen, B is for Book, etc. They can then bring their masterpiece home to proudly display and practice!)
Potty Training (Potty training methods can vary greatly depending on individual circumstances and preferences, so we feel that potty training should start at home with the child’s guardians. We will very happily work with you to maintain your potty training methods and routines at daycare.)
OUR DAILY CURRICULUM:
Studies have shown that a regular routine can have a great positive impact for children, and they often thrive in an environment with some semblance of sameness or routine. Predictability in daily life enables children to have a better grasp on what to expect throughout the day, and may give them a healthy sense of control over their surroundings. We want all our students to thrive and be at ease, so we keep to a loose schedule balanced by plenty of variation and flexibility.
Special art projects and group activities are all well and good, but what about just playing? Supervised Free Play is encouraged throughout every day. The last thing we want is to stifle the unique creativity that only Free Play can afford!
Weather permitting, we often play outdoors.
Clean Up Time
Children that are old enough to understand and participate in picking up toys they played with during Free Play are encouraged to clean up just before Lunch. Often even very young children understand and happily participate in this routine, and get a sense of accomplishment by doing so.
Lunch is typically served around noon. We follow all guidelines provided by the State to ensure our students get the proper nutrition their growing minds and bodies need! Good table manners are encouraged as well as proper hygiene. (Washing of hands and face, before and after eating. Nobody likes cooties.) Occasionally we eat outdoors for a refreshing change of pace!
*If you drop off your child(ren) early in the day, breakfast is also offered.
At least once per day (just before nap time) we read with the kids, followed by “Song Time” where we sing very short songs together, such as “I’m a Little Teapot”, accompanied by dancing.
Naps are important to get a break from learning and playing and rest the mind. Older children can play quietly or read books during this period so as not to disturb the younger ones… and to have some time to unwind, too!
A small snack is served around 3:00pm every day – your child should not go home hungry!