We would like to welcome you to the Presbyterian Church of Stanley Preschool and Day Out programs. We are committed to a philosophy that meets each child where they are in their development. We strive to provide an atmosphere where each child will develop skills at their own rate. We acknowledge that you, the parents, are the child’s first and most significant teachers and seek to build upon the foundation that you have built.
Our goal is to nurture the growth of the whole child by providing a curriculum and atmosphere that fosters social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual development.
We are pleased to Have your family become a part of the Presbyterian Church of Stanley Preschool & Day Out community. Please feel free to communicate your joys and concerns to us as we work together in the interest of your child.
— The Preschool and Day Out Staff
Enrollment and Re-enrollment
At the Presbyterian Church of Stanley Preschool we use a developmentally-
appropriate/cognitive (D.A.P.) learning curriculum. This educational approach nurtures healthy academic growth and development, as well as age appropriate social, emotional, and physical skills. The key to success with the D.A.P. learning curriculum lies with your child’s full involvement in and satisfaction from the activities throughout the daily schedule.
The D.A.P. learning curriculum assures that each child is active as they learn through doing. Through their play, children learn to think and solve problems for themselves. Each child is recognized for their own level of development and work from that level to achieve social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Each child is taught to take responsibility for what they do during planning, working and evaluating the day. As a result, children realize that they are able to control what they do and can make decisions themselves from a group of age-appropriate choices.
Your child’s daily routine will be consistent and includes:
Arrival: During this brief casual time, many important skills are developing as the children take care of their personal belongings (hanging up backpacks, coat, etc.) greet friends, observe changes in the classroom and find a place to sit with their classmates. Arrival times are: Preschool — 9:00 am. & 12:15 pm., and Extended Day — 10:00 am.
Circle time: Children and teachers gather together for a time of reading stories, singing songs, playing games and briefly talking about what will be happening during the day. The children take turns being leader, checking the weather, helping with the calendar and doing show and tell. Unlike any other part of the day, everyone is involved in the same activity at the same time.
Small Group and Planning Time: Each class divides into two small groups in order to facilitate more teacher-directed time. In planning, the children decide what they want to do in the work centers.
Work Time: This is the time of day when children carry out the plans they made during Planning Time. The child makes choices and can move freely to each activity at their own time. The teachers aid and enhance skill development as children work with different materials.
Clean-up: During clean-up time the children put away the materials they have used for their work. Shelves are marked so that children know where materials are to be placed. This labeling helps facilitate the clean-up process and incorporates curriculum goals, such as classification and sequencing.
Activity Time: During this period, the total group is involved in motor activities, either indoors or outdoors.
Serendipitous Happenings: These are daily occurrences when children are loved and are learning. The daily routine is always secondary to child-inspired creative discoveries.
End of the Day: At the end of the Preschool session, the children are ready to return home and share their experiences and discoveries with you. We ask that you pick up your child promptly each day.
Children in the Day Out program begin their day by selecting puzzles, colors, books or toys. Parents may feel free to assist their children in finding the first activity of the day and may find that this shared activity helps to relieve some of the anxiety that children of this age so often feel. The Day Out program will then progress through the day with opportunities for large and small group activities, individual play in the interest centers, outdoor play for large muscle development and socialization during their lunch period. Each child will bring a nutritious lunch from home and enjoy it with the rest of their classmates prior to rest time. Before dismissal time, the children will be given a snack that parents provide on a rotating basis. We ask that you pick up your child promptly, and be prepared to hear about their fun and exciting day.
Items needed from home:
- Labeled change of clothes & diapers if needed
- A water bottle
- A nutritious lunch with drink in a labeled lunchbox
- A wipe off resting mat
- Blanket & other comfort items
- A labeled backpack
- A laundry basket or tote in which to carry & store above items