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A Typical Day in Preschool

 

A Typical Day in Preschool

 

Learning Through Play:

  • Rug Toys encourage cooperation, taking turns, communication and social interaction.
  • Playhouse Activities encourage role playing, generate language development, build social skills, teach orderliness, and motivate creative thinking.
  • Puzzles/Table Games improve dexterity and provide practice with skills such as matching, classifying, sequencing, counting and patterning.
  • Sensory Activities stimulate thought processes, generate new vocabulary, and increase awareness.
  • Arts and Crafts Table Creations encourage development of small muscles, expressive language, listening to directions, pure enjoyment of individual expression and experimentation with paint, glue, chalk crayons, clay, paste, scissors and paper.
  • Science Table helps children discover the world around them through sensory and hands on materials.  They learn to experiment, test, hypothesize, predict and come to successful conclusions and outcomes.
  • Recess helps children develop social skills, large muscle development, learn basic safety rules, and continue to grow in compassion for one another during their outdoor play periods.
  • Snack which is provided by the school for the children teach nutrition, table manners and is a social learning activity.


Learning Through Academic Concepts:

Theme Time - Children gather on the rug to discuss the weekly theme, sing, exercise, read a story or participate in “Show and Tell”.  The children begin developing some of the most important skills needed in a school setting; concentration, listening, and vocabulary development.

Small/Large Group – Children not only learn and practice new concepts in math, science and phonics but also polish those skills previously introduced.  The child will also learn to use a pencil for numbers and letters, and if age appropriate, will learn to write their name.  (Phonic sounds of letters are included in Zoo Phonic and ABC Sounds handout.)

Bible -  Preschoolers hear and experience God's Word in an environment just for them, with age-appropriate Bible lessons, songs, toys, daily prayer, crafts and monthly Bible verses.  The children learn that God created them, loves them, and wants to be close to them always.

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6.  

 

 

 

Behavior Modification

Children learn by making mistakes.  Mistakes are learning opportunities.

Our teachers work from these premises when reinforcing self-discipline:

  1. God wants us to love one another.
  2. God loves us and will help us to do good things, if we ask Him.
  3. God wants us to obey those in authority over us.

The following are considered unacceptable behavior:

  • Deliberate intent or infliction of physical harm to others or self (i.e. hitting, pushing, biting, etc.).
  • Speaking disrespectfully or using “unkind” words.
  • Refusal to obey reasonable teacher directions.
  • Out of control behavior that disturbs others in the classroom (i.e. screaming, tantrums, running from teacher).

When a child displays unacceptable behavior, teachers will implement the following process:

  1. Teacher converses with child about behavior (teaches correct behavior).
  2. If behavior continues, teacher reminds child of correct behavior and warns him/her of the consequence if behavior is repeated.
  3. If behavior is repeated, teacher will “follow through” with discussed consequence.
  4. Following any consequence, the teacher will pray with the child and give an encouraging hug.
  5. Teacher will look for opportunities to praise child when observing the correct behavior is being used.
  6. If problem behavior continues, parents will be contacted.
  7. If improvement is not shown in the time frame agreed upon, continued enrollment will be evaluated.

Parents Can Help!

  • Help your child gain independence by teaching them to care for and keep track of their belongings.
  • Teach your child to be a good listener and an observant watcher.
  • Offer your child the opportunity to make choices and decisions.
  • Teach your child to respond to directions the first time.  Do not repeat your requests or they will learn they don’t have to listen until you are expressing frustration or anger.
  • Help your child to improve small muscle coordination by providing toys, crayons, scissors, clay, etc.
  • Help your child improve large muscle coordination by using balls, bikes, and outdoor equipment.
  • Read and tell stories to your child.  Ask questions to help their comprehension and memory.
  • Cultivate communication skills by talking and listening.  Chat with your child by asking questions.
  • Teach your child how to take turns and be a “good sport” by not letting them always be the winner in games and activities.

 

 

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