Skills Learned at Littlefeet Day Care/Preschool
IT IS AMAZING TO THINK THAT EVERY DAY WHEN WE DO THESE ACTIVITIES YOUR CHILD IS LEARNING ALL OF THESE SKILLS. WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUN TO JUST LET YOU KNOW ALL OF THE DEVELOPMENTAL AREAS WE WORK WITH AND NURTURE EACH DAY.
CIRCLE TIME is a group gathering during which we share our ideas, plans and observations. Circle activities are design to stimulate thinking, enrich social skills, and expand attention spans.
STORY TIME is designed to help develop an appreciation and enjoyment of literature. Reading activities enhance vocabulary and comprehension skills and also expand their knowledge base.
GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES give our children the opportunity to use their muscles as well as their imaginations as they engage in fun activities. We create healthy exercises such as running, jumping and climbing outside. We use music, games and our own creativity to stimulate children when we are inside and outside.
FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES help improve small muscles development and eye-hand coordination. Some common items found in our fine motor/manipulative area include puzzles, beads and laces, markers, scissors, play dough and many more items.
ART ACTIVITIES help our children creatively express their thoughts and feelings. They help reinforce fine motor skills and concept development in areas such as colors, shapes and size relationships.
DRAMATIC-PLAY ACTIVITIES help our children express themselves, practice life skills, improve social skills, increase self esteem and awareness, build vocabulary, problem solve and JUST HAVE FUN!!!
MUSIC ACTIVITIES promote listening skills, creative expression and social skills. In music we can explore sound, volume, tempo and rhythm.
SCIENCE ACTIVITIES offer many hands on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions and experimentation. The children also enjoy bug, rock and leaf collecting.
SAND AND WATER ACTIVITIES allow our children to experiment with textures and the properties of different substances. These activities also promote the development of other skills such as math, science and language.
BLOCK PLAY gives experience with many different concepts such as shape and size discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills, balance, organization, cause and effect and classification. Cooperative play skills, problem solving and creativity are also promoted in block play.
Our Daily Schedule
5:00 am to 8:30 am: Arrival creative free play. All toys on the shelves are available for the children to explore. All toys are rotated out on a monthly basis. To name a few educational toys are manipulatives, puzzles, play dough, dress-up, Lego blocks, wooden blocks, house keeping and books and many more.
8:30 am to 9:00: Wash hands and eat breakfast.
9:00 to 9:15: For the children that choose to do Preschool Activities: Story Time: Where children gather for stories, songs, name recognition, exposure to alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, color words, and sharing. If child is not interested free play is available.
9:15 to 9:30: For the children that choose to do Structured Table Time: We complete "table work": phonics, work pages, main lesson for the day, arts and crafts, cutting, writing alphabet letters and name. Calendar and weather rounds out our preschool portion of the day. If child is not interested free play is available.
9:30 - 10:00: Free play.
10:00 to 10:15: Snack: After washing hands, each child is served a snack, milk or water. Occasionally each child will "cook" and prepare his or her own snack.
10:15 - 11:30: Free play.
11:30 – 12:30: Clean up, use bathroom, wash hands, eat lunch, wash hands. Free play inside, outside time or educational TV program.
12:30 to 12:45 pm: Lay out sleep mats. Free play until it is their turn to use bathroom, wash hands and prepare for quiet time.
12:45 - 3:00: Nap/rest time. Music is played to help relax children and entertain those who may just be resting. If children do not sleep they may choose a quiet activity during nap like reading books or puzzles.
3:00 - 3:15: Wake up, use bathroom, wash hands, eat snack, wash hands and free play.
3:15 to 5:00: Creative free play, outdoor time, games, reading books, painting, sensory play games child’s choice.
Friday is Yoga day – In the morning we all exercise for 15 minutes or until children are uninterested.
Infants will be scheduled according to their feeding. They will get structured play and age appropriate stimulation learning. No television for infants under two years of age. Television, video and computer use will be limited for all children, no more than one hour daily.
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