Programs


Curriculum:

We feel that environment is important in the learning process. Our classrooms are small and personalized by the individual teacher and children in that class.

Our educational program consists of unit themes that all classroom activities are planned around. Themes can last anywhere from a day to two weeks. Each teacher chooses these themes from a larger group of monthly themes. Therefore, each teacher can personalize lessons to the individual interests and developmental levels of the children in her classroom.

We also concentrate on 3 letters of the alphabet each month. Letter activities include: art projects, printing, sounds of letters, words that begin with each letter, etc., again all individualized to the developmental level of the children in each class.

Other areas of study include: number lessons and counting, color identification, shape recognition, name spelling and writing, learning phone numbers and addresses, sight word identification, and using the calendar, including naming months, days and seasons. Areas of study for the Pre-Kindergarten class are geared toward meeting Kindergarten SOLs

We incorporate children’s favorite literature into the program by having a featured author or character of the month. These books may be simply read at story time or teachers may plan classroom lessons around them.

We offer extracurricular activities such as music and dance classes, gymnastics and movement classes, and drawing and computer classes.

Parts of the day are designated “free choice play”. During these times children choose from a variety of activities, such as table toys, computer, and coloring.

We encourage sharing by having designated “Share Days” in which children are allowed to bring a toy from home to share with his/her friends. Children may not bring any sort of weapon or toy that will encourage aggressive play.

Older 3 and 4 year old children routinely go on field trips. Field trips may include: skating, bowling, the library, various parks and museums, etc. All children ride in age-appropriate car seats and safety is strictly enforced.

We try to take the children outside every day, weather permitting. On nice weather days, we are outside for approximately 45min. each morning and 1 hour each afternoon. The amount of time is adjusted depending on the weather.

We hold parent-teacher conferences twice during the school year, in October and April. Parents can request to schedule a conference during the designated times. We send home Progress Reports twice a year, in December and again in June.
 
Daily Preschool Schedule:
Below is our basic daily schedule:

7:00 - 9:00 Receiving Children (Free Play)
9:00 - 9:15 Clean up and washing hands
9:15 - 9:30 Morning snack
9:30 - 10:45 Unit Activities, Classroom Time
10:45 - 11:15 Outdoor Play
11:15 - 11:30 Washing hands for lunch
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 2:00 Quiet Rest Period
2:00 - 2:15 Afternoon Snack
2:15 - 3:00 Grooming, Outdoor Play
3:00 - 4:30 Rotating Directed Activities
4:30 - 6:00 Free Play, Children Picked Up

This is a sample schedule to help each parent get to know their child's day and activity times. Sometimes it will be necessary to change or alter the schedule for maximum flexibility.
 
School-Age Program:

During the school year we offer before and after school care depending on the school the child attends. After school, the children come to the center and are given a nutritious snack and have the opportunity to spend the afternoon in free play, planned activities, watching movies, doing homework, etc. When school is closed for teacher workdays, snow or holidays the children may attend the center for an additional charge.

During the summer vacation period, we offer a full day program for school age children. We offer weekly trips swimming, skating, bowling, visiting the library and various parks. We also have special activities at the center, such as Water Works and visits from the ice cream truck. Group activity time includes arts and crafts, board games, working together in groups to complete projects, active games, and much more.

Daily School-Age Program:

7:00 Receiving Children
7:10 Elmont Bus Picks Up
2:30 Pick up children from local schools
3:00 Elmont Bus Drops Off
2:45 - 3:15 Afternoon Snack
3:15 – 4:00 Homework and Table Activities
4:00 - 6:00 Free Play and Outside Activities
 
Free Play:
 
There are times during the day when the children are at "Free Play". This means that the children may choose from a variety of activities. These periods tend to be good for each child to experience new creativity and express their emotions.
 
Quiet Time:
 
Quiet time is a part of the day's schedule. It is approximately from 12:00 to 2:00 each day. The center must remain quiet during this time. If you must obtain your child early, please do so BEFORE or AFTER quiet time. Each child is required to rest quietly at least one hour.
 
Outdoor Play:
 
The amount of outdoor play and exercise may vary daily. Depending on the weather, we may spend very little time outside or we may schedule a whole day's activities around outside time. We make our decisions according to many factors.
 
Parent Conferences:
 
Conferences and communications are extremely important. Anytime you have questions or inquiries, please feel free to ask. We do reserve the right to call a conference with any of our parents concerning the progress, behavior, adjustment, etc. of their child. The better the communications, the better child care service we can provide you and your child.

We always reserve the month of February as our conference month for our preschool program. Because our academic year runs from September to June, February is a good mid-point for the parents and teachers to discuss the progress of the children, however we welcome the opportunity to meet with parents anytime.

Progressive Evaluations:
 
We provide progress evaluations of each preschool child twice a year. These are formal and extensive written records of your child's developmental progress.


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