Class Options


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Curriculum is planned for the children in a way that is developmentally appropriate. Teachers plan curriculum daily. State of California “Desired Results Developmental Profile” and our Teachers Edition of the SMCC Curriculum guide the teachers in their daily planning. However, emergent curriculum springs from what the children themselves are interested in. Children are encouraged to ask questions and do their own problem-solving. Self-esteem is enhanced as children are free to choose from a wide array of activities provided by the teachers. Group time is a time for singing, stories, games, sharing and listening. Children are exposed to language and early literacy through conversation as well as familiarity to the written word through stories and poetry. They explore mathematical concepts by manipulating materials, sorting, counting, measuring and comparing. Hands-on science experiences correspond to daily life activities requiring children to use all five senses. Cooking, mixing and observing changes are all part of this process. Creative expression is enhanced through music every day and open ended art. Children learn to safely interact with others and safely use materials and equipment inside and outside. Healthy habits such as hand washing during the day, learning about where food comes from and eating nutritious food are daily experiences as well. Children are encouraged to gain knowledge about their own families, their own community and the world around them.

Scheduling

  • Tuesday and Thursday: 3 years old on or before December 2 of the year of enrollment
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 3 years old on or before July 1 of the year of enrollment
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 4 years old on or before December 2 of the year of enrollment
  • Monday through Friday: 4 years old on or before October 1 of the year of enrollment

Our Classes

Tuesday and Thursday three-year-olds (Three years old on or before December 2)

A typical day in the Young Threes class would be:

  • 9:00-9:45: Free Play (Art, Playhouse, Blocks, Books and Table Activities)
  • 9:45-10:15: Outdoors in the Small Yard (Easel Painting, Sand-play, Climbing, Playhouse)
  • 10:15-10:45: Free Choice Indoors (Play-dough, Cutting, Writing,
  • 10:45- 11:00: Rug Time (Special Person, Calendar, Stories, Music, Movement, Finger-plays, etc.)
  • 11:00-11:30: Outdoors Big Yard (Swings, Bicycles, Climbing, Table Activity, Sand-play)
  • 11:30-12:00: Snack Time and Time with the Assistants (on Thursdays and Fridays, we have Sharing)