Individual and small group activities- Preschool and Pre-K Program- play an important part of our daily schedule and are conducted five days per week, in the morning hours between 9 am and 12 pm- when children are most eager to learn. Our little students take part in many educational activities that widen their imagination, help gain new experiences, and teach practical skills, all while having fun with their friends.
As a part of our daycare program, we offer Preschool activities 5 days per week (September through May) for children 3.5 years old. Activities include art projects, circle time, storytime, painting, drawing, play-dough, cut-outs, etc. Additionally, an emphasis is placed on an introduction to the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, weather, months, days of week, and more as well as Kumon and Get Ready for School learning workbooks, and many other educational and fun activities such as puzzles, matching opposites, kinetic sand, light up table etc. Each child gets his/her own Get Ready for School and Kumon workbooks with activities specifically designed for this age group. Finished pages with activities are given to parents at the end of each day.
For kids 4+ years old we offer Pre-K activities 5 days per week (September through May). Activities include: weekly art projects, science projects, cooking, circle time, painting, puzzles, matching opposites, play-dough, cut-outs, Kumon and Get Ready for School workbooks, etc. Children learn alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, weather, months, days of week, and many more. Here we focus more on the correct way of holding a pen/pencil when writing, precision of drawings, and attention span activities that involve listening and following directions. Each child gets his/her own Get Ready for School and Kumon workbooks with activities specifically designed for this age group. Finished pages with activities are given to parents at the end of each day.
Creating art expands a child’s ability to interact with the world around them, and provides a new set of skills for self-expression and communication. Not only does art help to develop the right side of the brain, it also cultivates important skills that benefit a child’s development. But art goes far beyond the tangible statistics measured by studies - it can become a pivotal mode of uninhibited self-expression and amazement for a child. Art matters the same way language matters. It is a fundamental component of what makes us uniquely human.
At Our Home Daycare children have Story Time every day before their nap in order to unleash their imagination and teach literacy skills that are essential building blocks as they transition towards becoming independent readers. How can you encourage further development of these skills? Just keep reading aloud. Choosing a lot of different books to read aloud will build your preschooler's vocabulary, help your child learn about different topics, and understand how stories are structured and what characters do in them. Understanding these basic concepts will help when kids start formal reading instruction in school.
Get ready for School and Kumon workbooks reinforce key skills children will need in order to succeed in kindergarten and later in school. With hundreds of activities, the workbooks are designed with national and state curriculum standards in mind. Their kid-friendly format provides a wide variety of colorful, fun, and educational activities for children to enjoy. Finished activities pages are given to parents daily.
In Our Home Daycare, each day begins with morning Circle Time. This is a time for the classroom community to come together and to greet one another. It's also a time where the teacher might review concepts such as calendar, time, and weather or introduce a new work or group lesson. Often, songs are sung, poems are recited, or bodies become aware with creative movement like dancing or exercises such as yoga. Our experienced teachers have their morning circle routine planned for the day.