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Older Pre-K

During this phase of a child's life, they are working to master myriad things such as language, motor development, toilet training, and getting dressed. While your toddler’s identity is being formed, we want to support them in developing a strong sense of self-esteem and self-confidence.

Daily Schedule

7:15 AM – 7:30 AM

Prep Time Opening teacher is involved in preparation of materials and room readiness

7:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Foyer Play Arriving children and parents wash hands, and then enter free play in the foyer, supervised by our Bungalow’s opening staff.

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM

Breakfast Service Children clean up from foyer play, wash hands, and have breakfast. Children bus dishes and go to our group time area. Bathroom tries as needed.

9:15 AM – 9:20 AM

Books/Journal Time Children enjoy calm reading/journaling/conversation as others finish eating, bus, and join the group.9:20 – 9:30 Morning Check-in we briefly discuss today’s calendar and our plans for the morning

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Morning free play Children choose from materials and activities in all learning centers. The morning may include a teacher directed small group activity.

10:30 AM – 10:35 AM

Clean up and transition to large group time

10:35 AM – 10:55 AM

Large group time we gather for teacher led songs, games, books, and discussion

10:55 AM – 11:45 AM/12:05 PM

Outdoor Play It’s important for the children to exercise their large muscles and get fresh air, so we go out every day unless it is raining or the wind-chill is below zero. Dressing for the outdoors and undressing is also an important aspect of this period, since self-help skills are gained. If weather does not permit us to go outdoors, large muscle activities would be available

11:45 AM – 12:50 PM

Lunch and transition to rest time “first lunchers” begin about 11:45, “second lunchers” about 12:05. The groups alternate eating first each week. Bathroom tries occurring after lunch.

12:50 PM – 1:10 PM

Rest time staff read aloud from our current chapter book

1:10 PM – 3:00 PM

Rest time and foyer play Non-nappers come to the foyer at 1:40 for quiet play with books, art,

puzzles, and small toys. At 2:15, 8 children may use the MPR for active play. Bathroom tries as needed.

3:00 PM – 3:10 PM

Transition reading we gather on the E10 side of the foyer to read a brief selection from a fun chapter book, such as The Magic Treehouse Series

3:10 PM – 3:30 PM

Snack and quiet reading Children enjoy afternoon snack, then choose a book for 5 minutes of solo reading

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Afternoon check-in we briefly discuss this afternoon’s activities and plan

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Afternoon free play Bathroom tries as needed.

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Outdoor play

5:30 PM – 5:45 PM

UMCDC is Closed No child or parents should be in the classrooms or building Prep time closing teacher organizes rooms and completes closing duties