Preschoolers enjoy a greater variety of experiences and an increasing number of small-motor activities such as cutting, art, manipulatives, and cooking. They enjoy developing new knowledge with colors, shapes, and size, and working on basic math and science concepts and problem solving. The developmentally appropriate activities planned consider individual differences in abilities and interests, as well as learning styles. Children work individually and in small and large groups.
Children are provided with concrete learning activities with diverse materials and people. The environment is planned for children to learn through active exploration. The daily schedule enables children to be physically and mentally active while following a routine and making free choices throughout the day. The curriculum involves language interaction through books, storytelling, puppets, book-making, dramatic play, math, blocks, games, puzzles, computer activities, recordings, music, and art.
Children have many opportunities to explore the Plymouth State University campus and enjoy the rich cultural and library facilities. If weather and outdoor conditions permit, we will be outside at least twice a day. In addition, walking trips, which give children opportunities to observe and learn about their community, are an important part of the program. The children have the opportunity to interact with Plymouth State University methods and practicum students who plan developmentally appropriate and meaningful activities. Teachers work closely with families to share ideas for activities at home and in the community.
Children bring their own lunch and two snacks per day. The Center provides milk for lunch and snack.
The teachers communicate regularly with parents. They seek to understand home expectations and work with parents in the best interests of the child.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday
Ages: 3.1-4.7 years as of August 31 and
4.8 years-4.11 with partial week schedules
Ratio: 1 adult to 5 children
Group size: 18 children maximum