Flexibility in the daily schedule is desired, and no two school days will be exactly alike.
A typical day starts with free choice time as children arrive.
The class then gathers for rug time, which lasts approximately 15 minutes. During this time, activities are directed by the teacher and the assist parents. These activities vary by age group and include learning about the calendar, time and weather, reading stories, singing, shape and letter recognition practice, pretending, and sharing conversation. Children learn classroom skills such as focusing attention, listening, taking turns, and participating in group activities.
This is followed by 45 minutes of free play.
Upstairs, fine motor skills are developed through a daily art project designed by the teacher. Children may use paint, markers, scissors, glue, and many other materials to create individual works of art to take home. Children may also choose to play at the sensory-play table (filled with sand, dried beans, etc.), take out some games, develop their imaginative play skills through costumes, blocks, trains, or play kitchen.
Downstairs, large motor skills are developed – and children burn off energy – with a rope ladder, gymnastics rings, ride-on cars, play structure, bouncy balls, and a puppet theater.
Free play is followed by cleanup time before an additional rug time, and snack time.
Before going home, the children are led out to play on our shaded playground (weather permitting). There is a play structure with a bridge and slides, swings, a jungle gym, sandbox, see-saws, basketball hoops, tricycles, scooters, and a nature area.
Each class takes several field trips that tie into the curriculum each year to places of interest in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. Past trips have included such destinations as the Leslie Science and Nature Center, the recycling center, a fire station, a Wild Swan Theater performance, Wasem Fruit Farm, the Fly Art Center, and many more. We also encourage parents and community members to come in and share their knowledge and expertise with our classes.
Due to state seat-belt laws, parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up their child/children at the field trip location. Information on times, locations, and maps will be provided prior to the trip. Every attempt is made to hold field trips as close to the usual class times as possible, but it may sometimes be necessary to alter times to take full advantage of the field trip content.
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