Preschool

Terrific Turtles Class : Mrs. Donna

Age range: 2 ½ to late 3’s, early 4 year olds

The preschool program encompasses self-help skills, decision making & the beginnings of more academic skills, which are learned through play and games.

The children continue to work in discovery centers, which include dramatic play, construction, science, math, manipulatives, toys and games, music & movement, library, writing center and creative arts. The children practice academic skills through hands-on exploration and teacher directed activities. 

7:00am: CCDC Opens
7:00am – 8:00am: Free Choice Time, discovery centers
8:00am -8:30am: Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am: Morning meeting, art, drawing, alphabet, math skills and discovery centers
10:30am – 11:30am: Outdoor time and outdoor classroom
11:30am – 12:30pm: Lunch
12: 30am – 1:00 pm: Naptime Preparation
1:00pm – 3:00pm: Nap Time
3:00pm: Wake Time & Snack
3:30pm – 5:30pm: Free Choice Play/Outdoor time
5:30pm – 6:00pm: Clean up/preparation for departure
6:00 pm: CCDC Closes

 
 

Welcome to Our Class

This science activity started in the classroom where children had the opportunity to explore growth rings of a tree. Initially, the children did not make the connection that this was a part of a tree, but looked, touched, removed the bark, used magnifiers and made remarks about the smell.

We went outside to look at a tree! Seeing a tree, touching the bark, and smelling the tree provided the experience to make a connection to the tree rings we were exploring.

The learning that took place: Through using their senses, the children were examining, categorizing, discoveries and making sense of the world. Descriptive terms emerged: The tree is rough, has lines, it is hard and smooth.

Another important learning experience developed; the children wanted to use rulers to measure the tree!

 

Curriculum

CCDC staff, parents, and consultants work closely together to design a curriculum  based on the following goals for early childhood development:

 

Social/Emotional

We offer activities that promote self-confidence, self-motivation, and respect for others.

Language/Literacy

We encourage children to use oral and written communication to describe their ideas,  observations, and feelings.

Cognitive

We stimulate cognitive growth by emphasizing thinking, experimenting, and respect for diversity.

Creative Expression

We promote creative expression
through art, music, and drama.

Physical

We offer activities that promote large and small
muscle development.

Health

We teach children how to be safe and promote
independence. We provide nutritious foods and promote good eating habits.