Centers and Free Choice Activities
The first part
of the preschool day is devoted to making the children feel welcome and
allowing them to explore any or all of the different types of centers:
Big blocks Housekeeping Books and tapes
Puppets Manipulatives Easel and painting
Floor toys Science Media (Sand, Water,
Dolls Playdough Table crafts/art/writing
The Pledge of
Allegiance, class helpers, calendar skills, and greetings make up the beginning
of Meeting Time. After the morning
routines have been accomplished, the teacher will introduce the current
theme. Books, finger plays, songs, and
stories are used to enhance daily of weekly themes.
Children work on
a project or craft designed to stimulate curiosity and conversation about the
theme being learned. These projects work
on fine motor skills which include cutting, coloring, writing, tearing,
Each month a
parent will choose a day that they bring snack for the whole class. The children practice good manners and sharing. Parents pack a lunch daily for their child. A
blessing is said, and quiet conversation between children is encouraged.
Learning always takes place while children communicate together at the tables.
playground is provided for safe, active play.
Each class is given a minimum of 30 minutes of gross motor activity
time, which is supervised by members of the staff. Bikes, balls, a sandbox, climbing fort, and
other large activity toys allow the children to become physically active and
develop their large muscle groups. Children are provided indoor gross motor
activities in case of inclement
together, sharing tasks, respecting others, public speaking, critical thinking
and thanking God are considered essential elements of the entire preschool