P.L.A.Y. Silver Lake Preschool offers a variety of choices to match the needs of the community. We offer 2, 3 & 5 half day and full day programs. These programs are designed for parents who are looking to both introduce their children to a more academic and social environment or give their child an edge when preparing to enroll for elementary school.
P.L.A.Y Silver Lake offers a preschool program for children ages 36 months to 5 years of age. This program serves 90 children in 3 separate buildings, and offers an appropriate challenge and interest for active preschool children. The teacher child ratio for preschool is 1:9. The preschool is designed to provide an enriched developmental curriculum that will foster children’s dispositions to be curious and involved learners who are active participants in constructing their knowledge of the world. To support the child’s construction of knowledge: • Teachers support child-initiated engagement and experimentation with a variety of materials based on the Montessori curriculum and child’s interest level and ability. • Children are encouraged to develop ideas over time, to deepen their understanding of the natural and social world by questioning, exploring and representing ideas through various creative mediums. • Indoor and outdoor activities expose the children to art, science, music, dramatic play, and language development on a daily basis. • Being part of a shared community is actively encouraged. Center teachers emphasize cooperation and create classroom groups that develop concern for each other as they problem solve and work together. • Curriculum is carried out with the belief that children are learning at all times and that the teacher’s role is to facilitate and enrich the learning process.
A Typical Day At Preschool
Arrival 8:00- Early Morning Drop Off. Children and parents are greeted by their teacher. Children are encouraged to visit a classroom learning area or participate in a table activity. Depending on the time of arrival, children and parents may use this opportunity to read a book together before their good-byes.
8:30- Morning Snack. Children are provided with a nutritious snack prepared fresh every day. Teachers and children sit family style so that children can express ideas, use language, make plans, and practice good eating habits.
9:00- School Begins. Children may use the restrooms or finish early morning activities.
9:15- Morning Assembly. Children say their Pledge of Allegiance and sit in a circle to do their daily calendar, sing good morning songs and name games so that they may begin to identify their written names numbers or letters of the week.
10:30- Indoor Activities. Children are given the opportunity to work in small groups in each of the activity areas set up in their classrooms or participate in a large teacher driven activity. Both options give opportunities for fine and gross motor development.
10:15-10:25- Circle Time/Planning. Morning circle time allows the children and teachers an opportunity to come together as an entire group. The whole class experience offers children the opportunity to express ideas, make plans, learn concepts and create a sense of community. Music and stories are utilized as a teaching tool to facilitate language and literacy development and for pure enjoyment! Children are individually dismissed from circle to work on a project of their choosing.
10:25-11:00- Classroom Project Work Children will work individually or in small groups on a project of their choice. Teachers work on planned activities that will build upon the child’s skills and encourage them to explore concepts and ideas. Projects can be extended in order to give each child the opportunity continue their exploration and research. Through this open-ended balance of teacher/child initiated learning, both teacher and child are researchers.
11:00-12:00 Yard Exploration. Children use this time to use our play structure, create road systems in the sand or help with the daily maintenance of the 150 sq ft organic garden.
12:00-2:30- Lunch and Nap After lunch, children use the bathroom, wash hands and are allowed to use a favorite animal or book to read during rest time. Teachers may individually read to each child to insure a calm transition to quiet time.
2:30- Afternoon Snack Bathroom breaks are given and children wash up for afternoon snack.
3:00-3:30 Full Day Dismissal After children finish their snacks they are given the opportunity to play on the yard until pick up. This is a great opportunity for parents to spend a moment playing with their child on the playground.
3:30 Montessori Academics/ Free Play/ Electives. Children are given the chance to further learn academic principals based on the Montessori teaching philosophy. Children ability to learn numbers, letters, sounds and concepts is further challenged.
4:30 Electives/ Free Play Children are given the opportunity to enroll in several after school electives that offer after school or may enjoy exploring the playground.