Social: to help children feel comfortable
in school, trust their new environment, make friends, and feel they are part of a group.
Emotional: to help children experience pride and self confidence, develop independence and
self-control, and have a positive attitude toward life.
to help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, and by helping
them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas,
observations, and feelings.
help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do.
Rabbit Creek Preschool
Developmental Centers and Description of a Preschool day.
We believe children construct
knowledge based on their experiences; therefore proving a quality developmentally appropriate learning environment encourages
creative thinking, language and social skills. Through play children are given the opportunity to actively explore, manipulate,
and interact with their environment. Hands-on activities create authentic experiences in which children begin to feel
a sense of mastery over their world. This philosophy follows with Piaget's ideals that children should actively participate
in their world and various environments so as to ensure they are not 'passive' learners but 'little scientists' who are actively
engaged. Our learning environment will encourage growth in the following areas of development: social/emotional, physical:
fine & gross motor, cognitive, and language development.
Our day at preschool begins with
"Center Time"; children are encouraged to investigate the Centers in the class. Both teachers are interacting with
the children encouraging inquiry. The parent helper will, most likely, be assisting the children with an art/craft. The centers
the children can choose from and their objectives are:
Puzzles, small toys, and games
Seeing parts of a whole
Shape & Color recognition
Sharing & Taking turns
Caring for living things/Responsibility
Dexterity & Eye-hand coordination
Weighing & Balancing
Sand, and Rice will be rotated as needed
Small muscle development
Motor/Small Muscle coordination
Experimenting with a variety of painting implements
Handling and care of materials
Cause and Effect
Use of a variety of writing implements
Recognizing letters in Name
Role & Pretend play
Vocabulary and Language skills
Care of environment
Care of books
When "Center Time"
is over we will all clean up the classroom and proceed to "Music & Movement" & "Circle Time".
This is when the child with the parent helper will have the opportunity to share one item from home while sitting in the Special
Day chair. During Circle Time we will focus on: listening and recalling stories. Calendar awareness: number recognition and
number sequencing. Communication skills: discussion of topics, taking and waiting turns. Literacy skills: rhyming sounds,
beginning sounds of words, alphabet recognition, and story sequencing, music appreciation: singing songs and using variety
of musical instruments. As well as, body part recognition, self-control, attention span, good self-image, and following directions.
From there we will go to the bathroom & washing hands. Next will be "Snack Time", we will focus on:
good table manners, nutrition, & social interaction.
Next we will prepare for "Outside
Time". We will provide a variety of outdoor toys for the children to use: thus, promoting gross motor development, self
control, sharing, following directions, and cooperation. Then it will be time to go home. Please be sure to Sign your child
"In & Out" each school day and check cubbies and Communication file for information.
Daily Schedule times may vary depending on outdoor weather. If it's too cold for "Outside Time", 10 or colder, we
will stay in and have "Gross Motor Time".
If you have any questions please don't hesitate
to ask, we want your preschool experience to be the best possible for you and your child.
Center Time 12:45-1:40
10:15-10:30 Music & Movement 1:45-2:00
10:30-10:50 Circle Time
10:50-11:00 Bathroom/Wash Hands 2:20-2:30
11:00-11:15 Snack Time
* Please note: We will stay inside if it is 10 degrees or colder and enjoy "Gross Motor" activities. Please send your child to school with outdoor clothing that is appropriate
for the season.