A preschooler’s typical day may vary day-to-day depending on special events or activities planned, the age of the children or the weather.
When the children arrive Quiet Activities are offered such as coloring, play dough, puzzles, legos and other self-directed activities this helps children to start their day on a calming note. Children serve themselves. Breakfast consists of cereal with milk and toast. This is a breakfast of convenience.
Our preschool is where the children will share experiences, hear wonderful stories (throughout the day), investigate ongoing topics and concepts through project work, they have art time, work with manipulative, enjoy music and instruments, have circle time, use the dramatic play center, play outside and have snack. Enrichment activities included in the program are weekly Italian lessons and music appreciation lessons.
During Rest Time: Teachers rub backs and soft music is played throughout rest. Children are encouraged to bring in a small blanket from home.
During the Afternoon: A variety of indoor and outdoor activities including games, art, table activities and stories are offered. Some art may be coordinated around certain topics or concepts. Art is a large part of our curriculum we use many types of materials such as clay, wood, buttons, string macaroni and many types of natural materials.
Our academic curriculum consists of a letter of the week program in all classrooms. The 2 year old program is art, visually and language based with game like activities daily at circle time. The 3 year old program has all the aforementioned as well as adding a manuscript writing component to the curriculum. Then in our Pre-K program the Zoo Phonics Program which is used in California schools and has shown great results is incorporated. The program fully involves the child's eyes, ears, mouth and body as they learn phonemic awareness, the alphabet and how to decode (read) and encode (spell/write). The Zoo Phonics program is a fun and exciting program that the children really enjoy. Our Pre-K staff have been to multiple Zoo-Phonics training seminars.
Breakfast is served from 7:15 to 8:15.
It consists of cereal with milk and toast. This is a breakfast of convenience, for families who are running late in the mornings. Snacks are served both in the AM and PM.
Lunch is served from 11:30 to 12:30.
Lunch is served family style with the children helping and serving themselves. Children are encouraged to try all foods. We follow all of the daily nutritional requirements for children as recommended by the Department of Social Services of California. All meals are home cooked and we use some organic fruits and vegetables.
The children make homemade bread every Wednesday.
We respect children with food allergies and we work with the families to accommodate their child’s needs whenever possible.