8 Corporate Circle | Albany, NY 12203 | (518) 452-0984 p | (518) 452-3786 f | pumpkinpatch@nycap.rr.com

                                                                   PreschoolProgram

     3 years to 5 years 

The preschool years are characterized by interdependence and mastery. After establishing a separate identity, preschoolers begin to gain control over their environment and struggle to learn new tasks. They become more aware of their abilities, such as speaking, reasoning, dressing, feeding and using the toilet. With teachers' guidance and through the use of interactive, hands-on 'centers' children begin to learn independence, problem solving, how to take turns, sharing, making friends and playing cooperatively.   Our preschool curriculum is designed to encourage the children’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development, all in a creative, fundamental way. In the writing and reading centers, recognition of shapes, letters, numbers and counting, as well as basic math, is learned. The Patch’s writing center helps the children to become enthusiastic and self-improving writers and readers. Outdoor play, music and movement, blocks and exercise are all developed to promote gross motor movement. The use of table toys, manipulative toys, games puzzles, beading and art are all designed to focus on fine motor skills, as well as reinforcing cognitive development. Social and emotional development are crucial in a preschooler’s development, and our dramatic play, circle time and block areas all promote interaction between the children. Problem solving skills are also refined and developed with teacher participation. Our goal is to provide a foundation for an easy transition to kindergarten; we strive to make sure that each child will have all the basic skills to achieve success.

Preschool Schedule

7:30-8:35 – Arrival and Free play – This is a teacher-guided activity for children as they arrive.
8:35-8:45 – Clean up/snack prep/toileting

8:45-9:00 – Morning snack – Children are served a center-provided snack
9:00-9:45 – Circle time - This is a time for teachers and children to sit together for activities that involve everyone.  It provides time for listening, developing attention span, promoting oral communication, and learning new concepts and skills.  Activities include; calendar, weather, finger play, literacy and math skills. Circle time is a complex, dynamic interaction between adults and children. This is also where teachers introduce the theme of the week.
9:45-10:45 – Centers - Children rotate in small groups to different areas in the classroom that are set up to promote independence and cooperation. Teachers also participate in Center activities acting as a guide and mentor. Activities might include, but are not limited to, dramatic play, sensory play, block building, art, manipulatives, literacy and technology. Twice a month children participate in a Sign Language class taught by a certified Sign Language educator.
10:45-11:00 – Clean up/ toileting/outside play prep
11:00-11:45 - Outdoor play time weather permitting - When weather prohibits outdoor play teachers create large motor activities for the children to participate in.
11:45-12:00 – Transition to lunch/toileting
12:00-12:30 – Lunch – Children are served a parent-provided lunch.
12:30-12:45 – Transition to nap time – toileting/story time or movie
12:45-2:45 – Nap time – At this age not all children may sleep for this time period, but they are expected to rest quietly.
2:45-3:15 – Nap wake up/toileting/snack – Children are served a center-provided snack.
3:15-3:45 – Short circle time - Activities include literacy and music and movement.
3:45-4:00 - Prep for outdoor play
4:00-5:00 – Outdoor play – When weather prohibits outdoor play children will participate in Center play and free art. 5:00-5:30 – Dismissal prep/dismissal