Welcome to the 3's & 4's
Preschoolers (ages 3-5) will be involved in many activities and experiences throughout their day here at Somersworth Early Learning Center. We believe in developmentally appropriate curriculum, geared towards stimulating a child’s problem solving ability while basing the classroom experiences on concrete, hands on math, science and language experiences. We provide dramatic play areas, for children to act out common life occurrences such as being in a restaurant, caring for a baby or visiting a doctor’s office. These play experiences are vital to the development of imagination and problem solving.
Thematic lesson plans are developed with the intent of capturing the children’s interest. Teachers are flexible in their daily lesson plans as to allow for spontaneous “teachable moments” to occur. Children are exposed to colors, shapes, language, numbers, and letters in a supportive inclusive way. No child is forced to memorize these concepts, as studies show that children learn best when they are actively engaged in learning. This means touching, singing, cooking, reading, painting, using sand and water, and building with blocks and other materials. Seasonal exploration is also used, such as experiments with snow or painting with food coloring in the winter, seed planting, a class garden and water discoveries in the spring and summer, as well as using pumpkins and apples in the fall.
As with the Toddlers, self help skills are encouraged in the Preschool. Children begin to be assigned room duties to give them a sense of ownership and responsibility. Manners are encouraged, such as saying please and thank you and excuse me, when interrupting two people speaking. These skills are an essential part of our society. As educators, we best ready our children by giving them skills that are useful in the outside world. We want to work with the family to strengthen Preschoolers self esteem and help ready them for the challenges they will face.
With Toilet Learning, we recognize that this is only one piece indicating a child’s developmental readiness. We, therefore, have equipped the three-year-old room with changing facilities for those children not yet potty trained. Only the three-year-old room has this additional facility. Once a child is four, we do require them to be completely potty trained.
6:30-8:30 Drop off and free Play
9:00-9:30 Circle/Group Time
9:30-10:30 Curriculum Planning
10:30-11:30 Outside Play
12:00-2:30 Rest Time/Quiet choice
3:00-6:00 Outside play or table choices