Rhythm of the Day
Welcome to school
Good morning! We are so excited to see our friends at school. We put our jackets and backpacks on our personal hooks, find our name on the welcome table and answer the question of the day. We then find a book to read, sit on the carpet and read until all of our friends have arrived at school.
After all the children have arrived we welcome each other with our good morning song, discuss the calendar and practice the letter, number and shape of the week. We sound out the letter of the week and your child contributes to our ‘word list’ that we add to daily. During this time, we use manipulatives like blocks or our fingers to count our number of the week. Teachers also use circle time to discuss our day, read a story, share important information and to listen to your children’s thoughts and stories.
Following our morning circle, we sit down as a community for a snack. BP provides a healthy snack which includes vegetables, fruit, cheese, and healthy grains.
We spend the majority of the morning creating, playing and learning. During this time your children can choose from a variety of centers – building with blocks and other manipulatives, reading, painting, dramatic play, light table, puzzles, and more. Children have an opportunity to practice the word, number and shape of the week at this time in their journals, through painting and other activities. Our loft frequently becomes a spaceship, a boat, or whatever our theme of the week is. Extra create and play activities that correlate with our current theme is always available.
Small Group Instruction for Pre-K students is provided during center time. This is an additional opportunity for your child to work on letter recognition, reading and other skills in order to ease the transition to Kindergarten.
We will go outside rain or shine every day. Some days we take a walk around the block. Some days we are geologists looking for different kinds of rock around the neighborhood. Most days we are in our large fenced backyard climbing on the play structure, digging in the dirt and bark chips for treasure, working in our garden (that your children help to maintain) and doing activities under our covered area. Our backyard also has a large area for tricycles, water table and space to run and play tag.
At Beaumont Preschool we not only use lunch-time to feed our bodies, but we use this time to share information, listen to stories and build friendships. Lunch is also a time to promote conversation skills and play the alphabet ‘lunch’ game. Children bring their lunches from home daily.
We will follow the seasons with special celebrations and activities. For example, in the fall we harvest our very own pumpkin patch. In the winter, we celebrate and study different cultural customs. We welcome all students to share their own family traditions with the class. In the spring, we investigate different flowers and plant seeds in our garden. In the summer (before school gets out) we release butterflies that we studied and watched grow from caterpillars.
Music, Yoga and Movement
BP has the opportunity to offer specials every week. Zazzy Zoe offers music twice a week to our classroom. Teacher Donna incorporates movement, music and skill-building games in a fun-filled special once a week. Teacher Talia leads a kid centered yoga session a few days a week. Music and movement help expand the range of expressive possibilities and we are proud to offer both at school.