Here’s our daily schedule the glance. Every day might look little different depending on special activities their teacher has planned, current unit of study and the children’s mood and level of interest in 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 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 is closer look at learning centers:
We have developed 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 variety of mathematical and art materials.
- Characteristics of objects such as color, shape, size and comparison of objects using 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 curriculum is based on Reggio Emilia philosophy. Children explore wide variety of media and materials and express their creativity.
At Alphabet Academy, love books! It something magical about reading story to group of preschoolers and seeing them engage their imagination and make sorts of connections between fantasy worlds and the everyday experiences. We use story time as kick off for daily activities or simply of fun. Children have many opportunities day the hear teachers read aloud and engage with book independently, which promotes early literacy and teaches children to care for and love literature.
Our day starts with a whole group meeting. We greet each other, sing songs and talk about our plan for day.
One of the most important skills for young children’s is learning express themselves and present their ideas clearly. We use whole group meeting and discussion time as opportunity to practice. Children also learn respect others take turns speaking and paying attention are saying.
This great opportunity for children to voice the interests and of teachers to personalize the curriculum. Oftentimes teachers pick up on new ideas for future Study topics from this daily discussion with the class.
Discovery center is children to examine various elements of nature, use their observational skills, learn to form hypothesis and test it conducting experiments. Are flowers and rocks, twigs and acorns, leaves and seeds, and sometimes ladybugs and butterflies. Discovery center is where kids to pretend the real scientists.
Music & Movement
Little kids have so much energy and should not asked to sit still and do quiet tasks for long periods of time. Sometimes to blow off some steam and as fun while doing it! Our music and movement classes are among the children’s favorite activities.
Blocks and toys & games centers are very importants areas of classroom. Children spend time in centers daily during choice and small group time.
When children are working in blocks and toys & games centers, are growing in different developmental areas – learn work together others and using reasoning skills to problem solve conflicts; developing balance and coordination; exploring cause and effect, comparison and measurement and symbolic representation; using creativity and practicing self-expression.
Dramatic play is central to children healthy development. In Dramatic Play Area, children pretend to be someone or something different for themselves and make 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 classrooms children spend lots of time engaged in socio-dramatic play situations. We usually tie this kind of play to Study topic – for example – if children are learning about their City and it’s community workers, set up pretend post office in dramatic play center, complete with envelopes, stamp, 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.
Children love dance and move their bodies to the music. We incorporate music into our day on regular basis – with a dance teacher that comes in once week or spontaneously between activities when we feel like getting little fun exercise. We like variety of music and just moving in whatever way feels good.
Our kids’ lives these days are more stressful and not as carefree as they used to – between school, playdates with friends and the extracurricular activities 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 wonderful physical activity for kids of all ages!
Gym & physical exercise
Physical exercise is extremely important of growing bodies and children nowadays don’t get nearly enough. Exercise promotes healthy growth, at works muscles and our hearts, and just makes feel wonderful. Children need regular exercise and make sure to incorporate it daily schedules.
We will have 2 outdoor playground where kids can run, climb, jump and slide. Have bicycles, scooters and other ride-on toys. Children will spend 1 to 2 hours outside every day. Also are indoor gym fully equipped with all kinds of sports equipment and children will spend time there when the weather does not permit us outside.
Cooking with adults is not only fun for children, it also develops many important skills, as learning to follow step by step directions, measuring, cause and effect as well as emergent literacy skill. Children participate in process, from measuring and mixing ingredients, to watching bake/cook and the eating 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 at textures. Even that most reluctant eaters will try something themselves helped prepare in company of friends!