Apple Blossom Bunch Pre-K in the Park program believes that learning is simple. It takes a little excitement, a bit of listening skills, and a community of great teachers to lead the way! At our pre-school we create an environment where children are encouraged to learn through play, daily life tasks, the natural environment, classroom hands on experiences and through our community as we adventure into town twice a week on field trips.
We offer an environment rich with opportunities to ask questions and explore. The children have the time they need to discover the answers to the typical question of a pre-school student-why. Our rhythm is designed by childhood itself, exactly what a pre-school child needs.
Our Pre-school offers time to learn, time to explore, time to play and time to rest.
Our daily rhythm: Every Morning
7:45am-8:45am: free play/table learning games/puzzles/independent work
8:45am-9:10am: mini morning lesson (different each day: letter and number chalk board work, letter/number hunt game, Music with Mrs. Heather’s guitar, show and tell, puppet show and tasting)
9:10am: Apple group Tidy up time, Blossom group short book/hand washing both groups, blessing and snack
10 am-10:45am: mid morning lesson calendar, writing activities, worksheets and circle/ Science Tuesday and Thursday 11-12:30 am Park adventure or felid trip 12:30 pm: Lunch in our classroom
1-2:45 pm: Nap story, Nap or Non-nap outings and activities
3:30-4 pm Art, toothbrushing and hair brushing
5pm-5:30 pm: free play (in winter movement games are added such as yoga, obstacle course and games)
We spend a great deal of our time outdoors in all seasons. In the Winter we spend a little less time on field trips/hands on learning in the community and more time in hands on small group learning circles. We do this to give support to classroom lesson work. We offer review time, assess the children twice a year and report assessment observations to parents annually.
Twice a week (Tuesday and Thursdays)we have a 1-1.5 hour visit to a location away from our classroom (usually in town). Our full calendar of visits is available to students and parents bi-weekly.
Here is a sample week
Monday: morning sand table and free play writing letter I and 8 chalkboard as a group and letter/number of the week hunt, morning lesson with letter I practice worksheet and name writers, park adventure, afternoon watercoloring and monthly window art project
Tuesday: morning Bingo game and free play, birthday puppet show (special event), morning lesson with number 8 worksheet and Science, visit in town to local music store to learn about instruments for the letter I week, afternoon gluing letter or number art for our art book
Wednesday: morning dusting/ puzzle day and free play, music with Mrs. Heather, morning lesson with coloring of letter I, bike riding on our balance bikes in Congress Park/park adventure, afternoon clay art
Thursday: morning dress up play with morning teacher and free play, writing letter I and 8 chalkboard as a group and letter number of the week hunt, morning lesson with letter I practice worksheet and name writers and Science, park adventure, afternoon watercoloring and beading
Friday : morning chalk board water painting over numbers and letters and free play, show and tell with Mrs. Heather, morning lesson with letter I practice worksheet and name writers, park adventure, afternoon glueing letter or number art for our art book and monthly window art project