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Education Policy

According to the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, children learn best through play and activie exploration of their environment. The Center will provide appropriate play experiences that contribute to physical, social, emotional, and itellectual development of the child. There will be learning centers, field trips, daily specifically planned learning situations, but the entire environment of the Center will offer each child at his/her own level of development, a wide variety of experiences that will encourage that child to explore and learn in his or her own way. Play is a child's way of trying out new ideas, testing unfamiliar concepts, interalizing feelings and attitudes. The program shall provide each child with opportunities and meet all qualifications of DCF 251. It is the desire of the Center Staff to be flexible, yet consistent. We strive for the comfortable feeling of the best home situations.

1. Weekly curriculum content will be theme based and planned weekly. Areas included in the curriculum are small/gross motor, reading readiness, pre-writing, language, math, art, music, creative dramatics, emotional/social/self-help skills, science/social studies, pre-academics, health/nutrition and multicultural. The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standard five domains will be reflected in each lesson weekly.

                 A. Health and Physical Development

                 B. Social and Emotional Development

                 C. Language Development and Communication

                 D. Approaches to Learning

                 E. Cognition and General

2. A typical days schedule could include all or most of the following:

TIME ACTIVITY
5:30-8:30 Early morning activities.
8:30-9:00 Calendar/Group Time.
Wash hands.
9:00-9:20 Breakfast.
9:20-9:30 Bathroom. Wash hands.
9:30-10:00 Singing/Story Time.
10:00-11:00 Outdoor play for Purple and Green Rooms.
A.M. Large Motor.
Project/Centers for Blue and Red Rooms.
11:00-11:50 Outdoor play for Blue and Red Rooms.
A.M. Large Motor.
Project/Centers for Purple and Green Rooms.
11:50-12:00 Bathroom. Wash hands.
12:00-12:30 Lunch.
12:30-3:00 Naptime (quiet activities available for those who wake early).
3:00-3:20 Bathroom. Wash hands.
Snack.
3:20-3:30 Clean up. Wash hands.
3:30-4:30 Outdoor Play or Indoor Large Motor.
4:30-6:00 Late Afternoon Activities.

It is the desire of the Center Staff to be flexible, yet consistent. We strive for the comfortable feeling of the best home situations.


EDUCATION POLICY FOR INFANTS AND ONE YEAR OLDS

According to the Wisconsin Early Learning Standards children learn best through play and active exploration of their environment. In the Infant and One Year Old Classroom the children are allowed to explore various toys and activities of their choosing. The toys and activities presented consist of activities in each of the learning centers: books, fine motor, large motor, art, music, blocks, sand/water, dramatic play, and nature/sciences.

In the Infant and One Year Old Classroom there will be a predictable sequence of events i.e. breakfast, free play, outside time, lunch, nap, snack, free play. However, in order to respect each child’s individual needs the timing of these events will be flexible. Diapers will be check and changed as needed or every two hours. The teachers will provide the children with a facilitated free play for much of the day.

In facilitated free play the teachers allow the children to choose their own activities with assistance as needed. These activities will be a mixture of quiet and active, inside and outside. Throughout the day the teachers will interact with children by reading, singing, setting up art experiences, doing movement activities, teaching ways to use equipment/toys, pretending, thinking through problems, and encouraging communication skills.