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.
We strive for our infant class to be an extension of home. The infants set their own schedule and we work around their schedule and our families’ schedules. We encourage and maintain open lines of communication with our parents. If there is something that works well at home, we want to do it here. If we find something that works well here, we let our parents know. Infants develop at their own pace and we encourage and help them reach milestones at their own pace.
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.
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.
- 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
What Parents are saying about Pooh Corner…
“We have twin girls that are almost 5 yrs. old and they have been at Pooh Corner since they were 6 months old. After looking at several daycares in the Richmond area and Hanover Area, we decided on Pooh Corner – and have never looked back. The high level of dedication to our children, positive communication with the staff and loving atmosphere is what keep us coming back. Not only do our girls love going to “school”, they love each and every member of the staff like family. We feel confident that Pooh Corner excels in providing the level of care, education and social skills that are needed in order to prep our girls for Kindergarten and every day life. Our family is fortunate to have found a facility that takes such measures to ensure a positive, enriching and loving environment for our kids.”– The Tansills