Circle/Sharing times include, books, songs, show & tell, turn-taking, idea sharing, puppetry, music, felt-board stories and games.
Self directed play includes free movement between our two rooms. We have a house center, blocks, Play-Doh, puzzles, a library, a sandbox, a water table, paint easels and much more. We provide children with opportunities to play in small or large groups, as well as solitary play, if needed. We always have sensory materials out, and the easel is open 24/7. The materials and play centers evolve and change with the seasons, and as the children’s interests, needs and abilities evolve. We are striving to create a more natural environment as we move forward, and our emerging curriculum strikes a balance between open-ended activities and teacher lead activities. We are a battery and technology free preschool (except for flashlights).
Snack time is family style where children share the food they have contributed to the share basket. This is a chatty and communal based part of the children’s day that fosters relationships, healthy eating (most of the time) and positive table skills.
We spend time outside on most days. The preschool has a playground, large sandbox and some fun mud on wet days. There is plenty of room to run, roll tires or sled on the world’s smallest sledding hill, and there is plenty of shade under the pine trees for cooling off or just hanging around.
Transition times can be stressful for some children. We do our best to keep transitions calm, predictable, respectful and fun as we move from one part of our day to the next.