Individual and small group activities- Preschool and Pre-K Program- play an essential 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 participate in many educational activities that widen their imaginations, help them gain new experiences, and teach practical skills while having fun with their friends.
As a part of our daycare program, we offer Preschool activities five 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, puzzles, matching opposites, kinetic sand, a light-up table, etc. Additionally, an emphasis is placed on an introduction to the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, weather, months, and days of the week. Each child gets their own "Kumon" and "Get Ready for School" learning workbook and many other educational and fun worksheets kids use daily. The finished pages are given to parents at the end of each day.
For kids 4+ years old, we offer Pre-K activities five 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 the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, weather, months, days of the week, and many more. Here we focus more on the correct way of holding a pen/pencil when writing, the precision of drawings, and attention span activities that involve listening and following directions. Each child gets their own Get Ready for School and Kumon workbooks with specific exercises 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, but 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 to unleash their imagination and teach literacy skills essential building blocks as they transition towards becoming independent readers. How can you encourage further development of these skills? Just keep reading aloud. Choosing many different books to read aloud will build your preschooler's vocabulary, help your child learn about various 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 later in school.
Get Ready for School and Kumon workbooks reinforce key skills children will need 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. It is a time for the classroom community to come together and greet one another. It's also a time when the teacher might review concepts such as calendar, time, and whether or introduce a new work or group lesson. Often, songs are sung, poems are recited, and bodies become aware of creative movements like dancing or exercising, such as yoga. Our experienced teachers have their morning circle routine planned for each day of the week.