Given that many children begin to attend Cocoons at age 3, the 2nd year 4-year-old Preschool Curriculum varies from the first year. Units of study and skill development are more sophisticated; responsibilities on the farm increase.
Toddler Program – Preschool Preparatory Room
The Toddler Classroom at Cocoons is an age-appropriately structured program where children learn to use their words, share with friends, listen to books, follow directions, experiment with art, sing and dance, be introduced to the potty, and explore their environment both inside and out. Toddlers spend time outdoors daily where they play on the playground, take short walks, eat from the gardens, and visit the farm animals.
*Children must be at least 21 months old by September 1st to enroll in the toddler program.
General Toddler Room Schedule
8:30 Creative Play
9:00 Circle Tme & Music
9:15 Wash Hands
9:30 Snack/Read Books
10:45 Outside Time
11:30 Half Day Pickup
11:45 Diapers/Potty/Wash Hands
2:00 Table Choices/Creative Play/Diapers/Potty
3:00 Aftercare with “big kids”
General 1st Year (Green Room) Preschool Classroom Schedule
In the Green Room first year preschoolers learn vital lessons for future academic success. Children learn to transition from home, to take care of their personal needs, to advocate using their words for both themselves and for others, to wait their turn, to follow directions, and to share time, “things” and their beloved teachers with peers, as well as to practice age-appropriate academic skills. Children who attend Cocoons during their first year of preschool are well prepared for the more academic structure of the 2nd year preschool classroom.
9:00-9:30 Morning Meeting – Music/I Spy (Calendar)/ Intro to Montessori jobs
9:30-9:50 ½ Montessori (Skill Project); ½ Creative Play
9:50-10:20 Bathroom & Snack
10:20-10:30 Wiggle Song & Story
10:30-10:50 ½ Montessori (Skill Project); ½ Creative Play
10:50-11:10 Bathroom & Get Dressed for Outside
11:10-12:00 Outside Time: Barn T/W; Meadow TH/F
12:00-12:30 Continue to Play Outside
12:30-1:00 Transition inside to wash hands & eat lunch with teachers
1:00-1:30 Set up rest “stuff” and read a story on the rug
1:30 -2:30 Rest with books and snuggle stuff
2:30-3:00 Begin to get up and play with free choice manipulatives (After Care Begins)
2nd Year (Blue Room) Preschool Curriculum
In the Blue Room teachers structure the curriculum to not only addresses the ever-more demanding academic demands put on kindergarteners and 1st graders, but to also maintain a fun-filled atmosphere which also allows time for children to construct their world both outside and in the barn. Understanding that parents typically only hear bits and pieces of what goes on during their child’s day, we are VERY anxious to share how we structure our 2nd year preschool curriculum!
Every Month 8 Centers Will Be Constructed in the Blue Room
Based on the Monthly Theme
The Centers Are:
1. Phonemic Awareness- Becoming aware of different letter sounds & letters
2. Mathematic Awareness- Understanding numerals, 1-to-1 correspondence, and number sense
3. Creative Play-Encouraging children to use their imaginations & cooperative play skills
4. Construction -Encouraging children to construct and assess their world through concrete manipulation
5. Literary Awareness-Encouraging story telling, sequencing, and predicting, through the use of props, etc.
6. Project work- Practicing basic skills like using pincher fingers, scissors, glue sticks, painting, etc.
7. Computer Exploration-Assessing children according to their strengths & weaknesses. Children will use appropriate computer “games” to address their individual skills.
8. Science Exploration-Encouraging children to measure, mix, predict, and observe.
All children will be required to visit every center during the month and to complete that work to a satisfactory level before being allowed to repeat a center. Children will work in the centers for at least 30 minutes a day. (Obviously children who attend school more days in the week will be exposed to more of this work.) Every child will also participate in circle time, enjoy at least one theme-appropriate story, music, snack, and outside/barn time daily.
WE ARE VERY BUSY IN THE BLUE ROOM!
Cocoons’ Kindergarten/1st Grade Day at School
As students transition into school they begin their day by freely rotating among stations including tactile activities, small motor activities, and activities where children use manipulatives to construct their knowledge.
Morning Meeting follows where both students and teachers formally share ideas about the day, study the calendar and predict the weather. Several days a week time is also set aside for learning French and enjoying stories presented by the visiting Kennebunkport librarian.
Morning Snack is a time for teachers and students to share ideas and to formulate plans together.
Children rotate through Language Arts, Math, and Art Centers. (Science & Social Studies are incorporated within this center work)
Lunch is an informal time for visiting with friends and teachers. The staff works hard to encourage healthy eating habits.
Children spend time in small, not uncommonly individualized, reading groups working with the teachers to further their reading skills and proficiency.
Outside exploration includes hikes, time in the barn, gardening, organized games, exercises, and playground fun.
Music appreciation is an integral part of our entire program.
Blocks are set aside for creative free play.
Students participate in enrichment Montessori style center activities
*Please understand that this schedule is subject to change. One of the most significant benefits of a full-day kindergarten program is having time for children to continue and to build upon work that they are enthusiastic about, without the harsh constraints of a shortened day. We strongly believe in seizing those magical teaching moments!
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