Our monthly units provide central themes tying together our daily class activities. Each theme will help teach math and literacy skills. Our units, by month (with Bible stories) are:
I’m Me – I’m Special, Being a Friend, Manners, Our Birthdays, Calendar, and Insects. We will be learning about the letters L and T, numbers 1 and 2, and circles. (Story of Creation)
Apples, Leaves, Pumpkins, The Fall Season, Family Trees, Weather, and Spiders. We will be learning the letters I, J, F, and E, the numbers 3 and 8, the colors red, yellow, orange, and triangles. (The Boy who Shared His Lunch)
Healthy Foods (Vegetables), Cooking, Pilgrims, Sharing, and Giving Thanks. We will be learning about the letters H, U, and D, the number 5, the color brown, and half circles. (The Thanksgiving Story told by our own pilgrim)
Families, Christmas Traditions, Giving, and the Birth of Jesus. We will be learning about the letters D and P, the number 4, the color green, and rectangles and squares. (The Birth of Jesus)
Mixing Primary Colors, The Months of the Year, Introducing Measurement, Animals, The 5 Senses, and Exploring the Winter Season. We will be learning about the letters B, S, O and Q, the numbers 0 and 5, the color white, and circles and squares. (David & Goliath)
Our Communities, Our Phone Numbers and Addresses, Growing from Babies to Preschoolers, Telling Time, Emotions, The Post Office, and Valentines. We will be learning the letters C and G, the number 10,the colors red, pink, and purple, and hearts. (Ten Men)
Transportation by Land, Air and Water, Space and Spring-time. We will be learning about the letters A, V. W, M, and X, the numbers 6 and 9, the color black, and diamonds or rhombus. (Manna From Heaven)
Spring, Gardening, Growing Plants from Seeds, Easter and Dinosaurs. We will be learning about the letters R, K, and Y, the number 7, the colors blue and gray, and ovals. (The Easter Story)
Spring, Magnets, and Ocean Life. We will be learning about the letters N and Z, reviewing numbers 0-10, reviewing all 11 colors, and reviewing all 8 shapes. (Jonah and the Whale)
Each month the children and their parents are invited on a field trip that coincides with our monthly themes. Some examples of the field trips are: Zittel’s Country Market, Caroling at United Church Manor, The Buffalo Zoo Trunk, Erie County Botanical Gardens, The West Seneca Library, and the Niagara Falls Aquarium Touch Tank.
A TYPICAL DAY AT PRESCHOOL
15 minutes – Circle Time: The children are greeted by teachers and settle into circle time. The teachers direct the class with a topical activity: finger play, songs, calendar, weather chart, etc. This time encourages participation and interaction between teachers and children.
45 minutes – Center Time: The children have time experimenting with creative materials for an art experience, a housekeeping center, library center, block center, and learning centers such as letters, numbers, or a theme center. The primary goal of this time is to develop small motor skills, creativity and social skills. This time is also used for small group instruction on cutting, painting, formation of letters, numbers, and small motor skills.
10 minutes – Clean-up Time: Cleanup of rooms, hand washing and bathroom time.
15 minutes – Song Time: Sing songs, complete finger plays, and interact with records, CD’s, and musical instruments.
15 minutes – Language Arts: Storytelling or reading, puppets, flannel board etc.
15 minutes – Snack Time: A time to enjoy a nutritious snack with children preparing their own from time to time.
15 minutes – Learning Time: Structured small group activities related to units of study (colors, seasons, numbers, etc.)
20 minutes – Large Muscle Time: An opportunity to use large muscles in free or directional play, games – inside or outside, weather permitting, playground, snow play and parachute.
5 minutes – Closing Time: A relaxed time for end of the day sharing and singing.