Preschool

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Once kids reach the preschool level, there interactions with other children as well as adults become more vocal. Using their words and saying what they need or how they feel becomes much more frequent. At this age, kids take their exploration, curiosity, and play to new heights. They become much more interested in how things work and figuring out how to make things work or create something. They can take multiple sets of materials to carry out one specific plan or multiple plans. They become much more involved and creative in imaginative play. For example, they will take on the role of someone else, like a mom or dad, police officer, doctor. It is important to know that each child develops independently and at their own pace. We use tools such as COR to help build off their current skills and encourage them to work on new skills.

At this level, there are several characteristics that are noticed. These include:

Beginning to form letters and numbers

Recognition of numbers and letters

Fine motor skills developing such as cutting simple shapes using small scissors

Being able to count objects up to 10 in one to one correspondence

Recognizing five or more colors

Being able to dress themselves

Going from scribbling to making more recognizable and descriptive drawings that include a body with head, arms, legs in the appropriate place

Beginning to understand and express emotions

Curriculum

At Heartfelt Impressions, we use the Highscope Curriculum. With Highscope, there is a predictable daily routine that the kids follow each day. Within each events of the daily routine, each child is allowed to make their own choices, follow their interests, and develop in each key area at their own pace. The daily lesson plans and the organization of the room is structured based on the interests and needs of the children in the room. We use tool such as the Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs) and Child Observation Record (COR) to help plan lesson plans daily. These tools help us plan activities to scaffold each child’s individual learning and assess where each child is at. The lesson plans focus on small group, large group, planning, work time, and recall activities. While learning takes places in all areas of the day, these areas are the main portions of the day. During small group, the class splits into 2 groups. The children stay with this teacher for the year, unless changes have to be made. This is to ensure a deep connection between child and teacher

Items Needed

3 Extra Outfits

3 Extra Socks

Family Picture

Swimsuit

Towel

Water Shoes

Boots

Snow Pants

Jacket

Hat/Gloves

Raincoat

Rain Boots

Water Bottles

Sunscreen

Blanket

Sample Schedule

A typical day in the infant room consist of two small group activities and one large group activity done as a whole class. Children will go out twice a day, weather permitting, and enjoy all that nature has offer. Because infants are feed, changed, and laid to sleep on demand, the times in which everything happens will always be changing.

5:30-7:30 Arrival/Quiet Activities

7:30-8:40 Breakfast/Outside

8:40-8:55 Sign In/Books

8:55-9:05 Message Board

9:05-9:20 Large Group

9:20-9:40 Small Group

9:40-10:00 AM Snack

10:00-11:00 Outside

11:00-11:10 Planning

11:10-12:10 Work Time

12:10-12:20 Recall

12:20-12:55 Lunch

12:55-3:00 Rest Time

3:00-3:15 Wake Up/Brush Teeth

3:15-3:35 PM Snack

3:35-5:00 Outside

5:00- 5:30 Water Break/Books

5:30-5:45 Late Snack

5:45-6:30 Work Time/Departure

F.A.Q.

What is the ratio at this age?

In preschool, a 1:10 ratio is being utilized. In the preschool room, potty training is a focus as the kids are encouraged to try and go on the toilet as they are making that big shift from diapers to underwear. Exploring our feelings, using our words, and gaining independence is a major focus at the preschool level. Once kids reach preschool, their emerging independence and growth allows us to run the 1:10 ratio in the preschool room.

What does the school provide?

We provide diapers, wipes, breakfast, two snacks, and lunch.

How do I know what my child is doing throughout the day?

We use an app called Brightwheel to communicate and share the activities your child does throughout the day. Some of these activities include: pictures, lesson plans, potty times, snacks, lunches, and naps. We will also send out messages for any special events that will take place.

Does my child need to be potty trained?

No, we work as a team between family and school to help your child potty train. At this age, potty training can be a little intimidating for kids. Going from a diaper to underwear is a big step but adequate preparation can help ease the stress. When kids do reach age 3, some enjoy the idea of having the diaper to go the bathroom in due to ease. Encouraging your child to sit on the toilet each time you do a diaper change is beneficial. Having them sit each time helps them by planting that thought in their mind and makes sitting on the toilet less intimidating. When making this switch, it helps to make it a game or include a special story or song. Once your child gains the comfortability going on the toilet, it is less stressful for them and for yourself. Once in underwear for the first time, it is important to bring extra underwear as accidents can be more prominent within the first few weeks of transitioning.

What if my child doesn’t nap?

We do not force naps. However, we lay out a mat for the child to rest on and after about 20 minutes or so, if the child is still awake, we will provide them with a quiet activity to do or provide them with a nap bag of quiet materials.

Why Heartfelt Impressions?

Heartfelt does it best because we are continuing to help kids grow and discover new and amazing things. We encourage them to use the materials they see fit and to come up with a situation unique to their needs and desires. It is a strong desire of ours to see that we are giving each child their own power and allow them to manipulate any given situation and grow at their pace.

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What Our Families are Saying

“The staff in the infant room at Heartfelt Impressions is one of a kind. They make my daughter feel like she’s right at home. They read to her, interact with her through music and play, and love her as if she was their own. When I leave her in the morning, I know she is in the best of hands and that she is going to have an amazing day.”

“We couldn’t be happier about the choice we made to send our infant and 4-year-old daughters to Heartfelt Impressions!”

 

“We are so happy with our experience at Heartfelt Impressions. We researched 25 local child care providers, touring 8. What sold us on Heartfelt was that they interact with the babies on a very personal level, as if each is their own.”