9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00. Enrichment classes and full day available.
After enrolling in the fall and winter, new families visit with their children in the spring. On visiting day children join our current Fours to play in the classroom or outside so they can become familiar with their new school.
In the fall, children return for Orientation Day, when they play with a small group of classmates for a shorter period time so they can meet their teachers and some friends. Later in the week school starts, with all of our daily routines in place.
A Typical Day
Teachers welcome the children to school, help them put away their things, and check backpacks for notes. Children “sign in”, greet their friends, and settle in with activities like building, drawing, sand/water play, or fun with manipulatives.
We sing our hello song, count the friends, find out who has a job, sing fun finger plays and talk about what we can expect at school that day. Teachers use role play to model how we talk and play with each other. We frequently play group games from our Elmwood repertoire that build connections among the children and with the teachers. Before we go off to play children are encouraged to think about what they would like to do as well as to try something new.
Children use all areas of our classroom (blocks, dramatic play, easel, writing center, library, and math/science discovery areas). Materials are rotated throughout the year to keep things fresh and connected to our curriculum. During choice time teachers also offer small group activities such as playing cards, board games, cooking, or artistic projects connected to our thematic unit.
Small Group Time
Throughout the week children participate in small groups activities
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Games from Building Blocks Math
- Writing and illustrating class books
Bathroom, Hand Washing, Snack
Outside Play/Big Room Time
We go to SandWorld, the Back Playground, Basketball, Elmville. Bikes, Gaga, the Big Playground, CLIMB, and the Ballpark. We have free play time as well as opportunities to play active Elmwood games. If the weather keeps us inside we go to the Big Room for active games, obstacle courses, ball activities, building, or to act out stories and nursery rhymes.
We enjoy listening to a good book and read many genres throughout the year. Favorite stories often lead to ideas for our own class books.
We remember fun things from the day, find out who takes home Clifford or Llama and sing our goodbye song. Children either go to lunch and enrichments or dismiss from the main hallway. Parents drive around the loop to the front of school and teachers escort children to cars.
*Music with Anne
We enjoy Music and Movement with Anne each week, when we sing along to the music of her guitar, play musical games, dance, and act out songs and nursery rhymes. In the spring our Music curriculum builds toward a dance party, which families attend.