Schedule

Here’s our daily schedule at a glance. Every day might look a little different depending on any special activities the teacher has planned, current unit of study and the children’s mood and level of interest in the topic.

  • 7:00-8:30 – Arrival, sign-in, free play
  • 8:30 – Music & Movement
  • 9:00 – Breakfast
  • 9:20 – Circle time: greeting, calendar, weather, question of the day, story
  • 9:40 – Small Group or Choice time in learning centers
  • 10:40 – Outside play
  • 12:00 – Story
  • 12:20 – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Nap
  • 3:00 – Wake up, use the bathroom, wash hands
  • 3:15 – Snack
  • 3:30 – Cooking / Music / Yoga/ Dance / Another enrichment activity
  • 4:30 – Small Group or Choice time in learning centers
  • 5:00 – Outside play
  • 6:00-7:00 – Reflection & Dismissal

 

 

Here’s a closer look at our learning centers:

Mathematics  shutterWhisper-IMG_5688

We have developed a proprietary mathematics curriculum that spans 3 years (2 to 5 years old) and incorporates:

  • Understanding of basic geometry – shapes, constructing pictures and patterns using geometric forms, work with pattern blocks and   matchsticks
  • Composition – analysis and creation of compositions using a variety of mathematical and art materials.
  • Characteristics of objects such as color, shape, size and comparison of objects using these characteristics using sensory measurement.
  • Sorting and Classifying
  • Mathematical structures (equality, more/less, same/different), quantitative relationships, change.
  • Numbers 1 through 10, their visual and numeric representations, counting, simple operations
  • Spatial orientation and work with 2D and 3D objects, symbolic representation
  • Logical puzzles and games
  • Sequencing and Time
  • Fine Motor Skills

Art

Children use creative art naturally as another language to express what they know and how they feel. shutterWhisper-IMG_5704

Our art curriculum is based on Reggio Emilia philosophy. Children can explore a wide variety of media and materials and express their creativity.

Library

At Alphabet Academy, we love books! There is something magical about reading a story to a group of preschoolers and seeing them engage their imagination and make all sorts of connections between fantasy worlds and their everyday experiences.  We use story time as a kick off for daily activities, or simply for fun. Children have many opportunities throughout the day to hear teachers read aloud and engage with books independently, which promotes early literacy and teaches children to care for and love literature.

Whole group meeting & discussion shutterWhisper-IMG_6168-HDR

Our day starts with a whole group meeting. We greet each other, sing songs and talk about our plan for the day.

One of the most important skills for young children is learning to express themselves and present their ideas clearly.  We use whole group meeting and discussion time as an opportunity to practice this. Children also learn to respect others, take turns speaking and paying attention to what others are saying.

This is a great opportunity for children to voice their interests and for teachers to personalize the curriculum. Oftentimes teachers pick up on new ideas for future Study topics from this daily discussion with the class.

Discovery 

Discovery center is where children get to examine various elements of nature, use their observational skills, learn to form hypothesis and test it by conducting experiments. There are flowers and rocks, twigs and acorns, leaves and seeds, and sometimes ladybugs and butterflies. Discovery center is where kids gets to pretend to be real scientists.

Music & Movement

Little kids have so much energy and should not be asked to sit still and do quiet tasks for long periods of time. Sometimes there is just a need to blow off some steam and have fun while doing it! Our music and movement classes are among the children’s favorite activities.

Blocks, Toys & Games shutterWhisper-IMG_5685

Blocks and toys & games centers are very important areas of our classroom.  Children spend time in these centers daily during choice and small group time.

When children are working in the blocks and toys & games centers, they are growing in different developmental areas – learning to work together with others and using reasoning skills to problem solve conflicts; developing balance and coordination; exploring cause and effect, comparison and measurement and symbolic representation; using their creativity and practicing self-expression.

Dramatic Play shutterWhisper-IMG_5665

Dramatic play is central to children’s healthy development. In the Dramatic Play Area, children pretend to be someone or something different from themselves and make up situations and actions that go along with the role they choose.  When children engage in dramatic play they deepen their understanding of the world and develop skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

In all of our classrooms children spend lots of time engaged in socio-dramatic play situations.  We usually tie this kind of play to the Study topic – for example – if children are learning about their City and it’s community workers, we set up a pretend post office in our dramatic play center, complete with envelopes, stamps, writing and shipping supplies, mailboxes and mail carrier outfits. Children practice emergent writing, assume various pretend roles, learn new vocabulary, use their imagination and exercise their social skills.

Dance

Children love to dance and move their bodies to the music.  We incorporate music into our day on a regular basis –  with a dance teacher that comes in once a week or spontaneously between activities when we feel like getting a little fun exercise.  We like to use a variety of music and just moving in whatever way feels good.

Yoga

Our kids’ lives these days are more stressful and not as carefree as they used to be – between school, playdates with friends and all the extracurricular activities there is little downtime.  Yoga can teach kids the value of stillness and reflection – something we as adults struggle with. Kids learn to focus on their breathing and slow down, which calms their bodies, relaxes them and improves concentration.  Of course yoga is also a wonderful physical activity for kids of all ages!

Gym & physical exercise

Physical exercise is extremely important for the growing bodies and children nowadays don’t get nearly enough. Exercise promotes healthy growth, works our muscles and our hearts, and just makes us feel wonderful. Children need regular exercise and we make sure to incorporate it into our daily schedules.

We will have 2 outdoor playgrounds where kids can run, climb, jump and slide. We will have bicycles, scooters and other ride-on toys.  Children will spend 1 to 2 hours outside every day.  We will also have an indoor gym fully equipped with all kinds of sports equipment and children will spend time there when the weather does not permit us to go outside.

Cooking

Cooking with adults is not only fun for the children, it also develops many important skills, such as learning to follow step by step directions, measuring, cause and effect, as well as emergent literacy skills.  Children love to participate in the whole process, from measuring and mixing ingredients, to watching things bake/cook and then eating what they created.

An important part of our programming for the children is talking about food – what it looks/smells/tastes like and how it is good for our bodies.  We encourage children to try new things and explore new tastes and textures. Even the most reluctant eaters will try something they themselves helped prepare in the company of their friends!