Our School Day
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9:30-12:00
(Note in 2023 - 24, we will offer a 2-day a week option for families who prefer it. Those children will attend Wednesday and Friday 9:30 - 12.)
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9:30-1:00
A Typical Day at ECP
9:30-9:45 Welcome Gathering
Parents and children begin the day in the gathering room. Parents read books to the children; students greet one another. The teacher begins with a song and welcomes everyone to preschool. She presents examples of the various activities for the day, then invites the children into the preschool room.
9:45-11:10 Choice Time
A large part of the day is child-directed. Children have a variety of opportunities to explore, use their imaginations, manipulate materials, and create things. Choices include but are not limited to: art projects, sensory activities, science exploration, block and large motor play, dramatic play, prepare-your-own-snack, creation station, etc.
11:10-11:20 Clean Up Time
The children are invited to help put away playdough, tidy writing station, and do general straightening up. Helping with clean-up builds skills and also helps them build a view of themselves as capable of contributing to the community.
11:20-11:40 Group Time
Group time consists of discussions, music, math, reading stories, and sharing among peers. Music time is full of various types of music and rhythms, instruments and movement props.
11:40-12:00 Outside Play
There is a wonderful play area, fully fenced, with a large swing set with a slide and tire swing, two play houses, a real wooden motor boat, a large sandbox, a circular bike path, and playground equipment, including large tricycles, sand tractors, trucks, shovels and toys, and balls. The Bears end their day outdoors.
12:00-1:00 Dino Time
The older children (those who were 4 or 5 when the school year began) stay for an additional hour each day. They will first eat lunch together, which gives them a chance to practice their conversational skills. Then they may do literacy-building activities, science experiments, or more advanced projects.
The children participate in field trips approximately once every other month. All field trips involve stimulating educational opportunities for the children and their families.