"Ripen With Us"
Child Care Center, Inc.
An Early Childhood Learning Center
Established in 1974

Preschool 3's and Preschool 4's
The Preschool Programs are separated into three (3) groups with a ratio of; one (1) Head Teacher to seven (7) children in our Three (3) year old rooms; and one (1) Head Teacher to eight (8) children in our Four (4) year old room.

Preschool 3's Room

Welcome to a new school year.  This year will prove to be fun for you and your child.  The program will provide a warm, nurturing, safe and loving environment where self concepts are enhanced, independence is encouraged and individuality is respected.  A large part of our curriculum will focus on social and emotional growth, giving each child tools to help identify their feelings and the feelings towards others.  This will also help with problem solving skills and vocabulary when confronted with challenges.  There will be monthly themes which will allow your child to explore and discover new topics of interest.  To accomplish this, we engage in a developmentally appropriate curriculum.  The day will be balanced with structured activities and free discovery, indoor and outdoor play as well as active and quiet times.  This unique balance allows the children time to process and get a better feel of their environment.  Show and Tell/Share days are Every Friday, so it will never be out of the ordinary or missed.  There is one major field trip planned at the end of the year in May to the Farm!  More details will follow with a permission slip.

When the weather changes, we have an indoor fitness room, but we also will go outside when the proper clothing and accessories are brought in.  Sneakers are a daily must in our room.  You may leave a pair here so your child is always ready for physical activity.  Check out out Themes and Daily Flexible Schedule below.

 Themes For the Month: Daily Flexible Schedule:
September - Getting to Know You/Child and Family 6:30-8:30 am - Supervised Free Play/Table Activities
October - Fire Safety/Community Helpers/Fall 8:30-9:00 am - Clean Up, Breakfast, Toileting
November - Fall/Nutrition/Thanksgiving 9:00-9:30 am - Small Group Play, Projects
December - Seasonal Holidays 9:30-10:40 am - Theme Based Activity Centers
January - Winter Wonderland 10:40-11:05 am - Outside Play/Fitness Room
February - Being a Friend/Friendship 11:05-11:30 am - Calendar, Circle Time
March - Nursery Rhymes/St. Patrick's Day 11:30-12:00 pm - Story Time, Toileting, Prepare for Lunch
April - Spring/Dinosaurs 12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch, Toileting, Prepare for Nap
May - Spring and Animals All Over 1:00-2:45 pm - Nap Time
June - Insects/Transportation 2:45-3:30 pm - Wake Up, Toileting, Afternoon Snack
July - Summer Fun and Foods 3:30-5:00 pm - Organized and Open Activities
August - Under the Sea 5:00-6:00 pm - Departing Table Activities 

Preschool 4's Room:

Our Pre-Kindergarten room will provide your child with a warm nurturing, safe and loving environment where self concepts are enhanced, independence is encouraged and individuality is respected.  Our main focus is on Kindergarten readiness.  Our activities will be developmentally appropriate in physical, emotional and social skills.  Children learn through their experiences with hands on activities inside and out.  Early literacy will also be a major part of the curriculum.  Emphasis will be placed on learning first names, alphabet, number recognition and printing.  Your child may also be challenged to enhance listening skills and lengthen their attention span.  Monthly themes will give your child an opportunity to learn about the world around them.

Our day will be balanced with structured activities and free play, indoor and outdoor activities, active and quiet times.  We want to create a partnership with the parents so we can all work together.  If you have any ideas, questions or concerns, please feel free to talk with us or give us a call.

We go on several field trips during the year that are theme related with cultural awareness, as well as trips to the local library for readings and to check out books.

There will be a featured "Letter of the Week" posted in the hall on our class bulletin board.  Every child will be encouraged to bring in pictures  of things that begin with that letter.  They can be from magazines, newspapers, draw it themselves, a photo of something or someone or even a toy they may own.  A book is then put together for the children to see from all the pages they made.  In addition to the book, a journal is given to each child so we can monitor and watch how much your child has changed and grown in preparation for kindergarten.

It is also important for every family to bring in pictures of your family.  We will be making a classroom book called "All About Us".  Each child will have the opportunity to create their own page of the book to share.

The curriculum will be developed with the following monthly themes and the daily flexible schedule is outlined below:

Themes For the Month: Daily Flexible Schedule:
September - Welcome to School/All About Me/My Family 6:30-8:30 am - Supervised Free Play/Table Activities
October - Community Helpers/Fire Prevention 8:30-9:00 am - Clean Up, Breakfast
November - Fall/Nutrition/Five Senses 9:00-9:15 am - Free Choice, Free Play
December - Holidays Around the World 9:15-9:30 am - Runners Club
January - Winter/Birds/Animals/100 Days of School 9:30-9:45 am - Attendance, Calendar, Songs
February - Friendship/Dental Health/Construction Zone 9:45-10:45 am - Theme Based Activity Centers/AM Snack
March - Nursery Rhymes/In The City/In The Country/Artists 10:45-11:00 am - Clean up
April - Let's Move/Dinosaurs/Spring 11:00-11:20 am - Circle Time Fun
May - Growing and Changing/Spring/Bugs 11:20-11:30 am - Story Time
June - Ready for Kindergarten 11:30-12:00 pm - Outside Play/Fitness Room
July - Summer Fun/Pets/Foods 12:15-1:00 pm - Lunch and readiness for Nap
August - By The Sea/Transportation 1:00-2:30 pm - Nap Time
  2:30-3:15 pm - wake Up, Afternoon Snack
  3:15-4:00 pm - Planned Activities/Group Games
  4:00-5:00 pm - Free Play, Outside Play (weather)
  5:00-6:00 pm - Quiet Table Activities for Departure