What’s Happening in Mrs. Chandra’s Class?
We all know, preschool kiddos are busy! Each day, Mrs. Chandra has plenty of activities planned for your child that will help to develop their social/emotional skills and given them the confidence to interact with the world around them! Developing these skills will lay a strong foundation for children to build upon and become more successful in areas such as math, science, reading, comprehension and more.
Each classroom follows a daily schedule so that children have a routine they can follow and rely on. Studies have shown that structure and routine decrease anxiety in children as they know what to expect and can therefore let their guards down and explore freely. Once staff get to know the children better, schedules may be adjusted to better suit the students and their needs.
Our morning classes run from 8:30 to 11:30. Children in this class will receive breakfast at the beginning of their day and a snack later in the day. For monthly menus, click here.
PM classes run from 12:15 to 3:15. Please note that teachers are on their lunch breaks until 12:15. Children in the PM class will receive breakfast at the beginning of their day, and a snack later on.
“Large group” consists of an activity that the whole class participates in together. Often times this includes a welcome song, daily question, a lesson related to that week’s topic and a story. Staff adjust the length and activities in the large group time depending on the interest and behaviors of the children in their class. For example, some could listen to story after story all day long, others may need to get up and do a full movement dance activity after a short while.
During small group time, staff work with a few children at a time on that day’s activity. These activities may include working on fine motor skills such as handwriting, scissor skills, coloring and/or gluing.
Each day, children are given plenty of time to freely explore the classroom and find activities that interest them. Areas that children may choose to play in can include Dramatic Play, Blocks, Science, Sensory, Table Games, Art, etc. All items in the classroom are chosen based on children’s interests, strengths, and areas that they may need more help in. Through play, children do their best work!
During Circle Time, children will learn important social/emotional lessons from the Second Step program. These lessons are taught in ways that children find engaging such as with puppets and stories. For more on Second Step and it’s curriculum, click here.
So much learning happens in just 3 short hours. “Daily Reflection” gives staff time to revisit some of the days concepts with the children before the day wraps up. Similar to a “large group time” all students will join together with the teacher to do an activity, read a story, or just have conversation time talking about what happened during their day.