We’re Working Hard in Ms. Linda’s Class!
Each day in Ms. Linda’s class is full of new opportunities for children to explore and learn about the world around them. Children are given the tools they need to develop relationships with their peers and teachers, such as taking turns, following directions, proper conflict resolution and more. 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.
Morning meeting offers a chance for students and staff to come together and “switch gears” from being at home to being at school. Children will help take attendance and staff will introduce the plan for the rest of the day prior to being dismissed for breakfast or lunch.
“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.
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 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.
Mighty Minutes (MM)
Mighty Minutes for Preschool are part of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool and feature short activities that include songs, chants, rhymes, and games that can help staff turn every minute of the day into a learning opportunity. Mighty Minutes activities can be used anywhere to teach language, literacy, math, science, social studies, and physical skills during “in-between” times, such as preparing to go outside or gathering children for large-group time.