Growing within and reaching out…
The Willow Room program is designed to meet the unique needs of your Pre-Kindergarten age child. The creative and emergent curriculum features group experiences and activities intended to build social cohesion and community, and which emphasize listening skills. Intellectual development is fostered with the division of the room into learning centers that provide a wide array of choices based upon each child’s interest and abilities. Field trips within the broader community support and deepen children’s expanding interests.
These developmental opportunities are central to the Willow Room curriculum:
INDEPENDENCE: The Willow room curriculum strongly emphasizes listening, problem solving, following a sequence of directions, making appropriate and independent choices, and the ability to complete a task. Additional attention is given to personal care and grooming, and additional opportunities are presented to increase periods of concentration and focus on a task.
MATH: At this level, your child will be presented with basic monetary concepts, number recognition and counting, sorting, sequencing and recognizing / forming patterns.
LANGUAGE: The curriculum builds upon your child’s past exposure and experience to introduce letter recognition, phonics (learning the sounds of the letters), matching letters and sounds, rhyming and storytelling. These same skills are emphasized and developed through the study of Famous Authors and Artists.
SPANISH PROGRAM: The Willow class curriculum includes an afternoon Spanish Immersion program, with one teacher speaking English and one teacher speaking Spanish.
WRITING: Motor coordination continues to be refined even further through learning to write one’s own name, and write numbers from 1 – 10.
NOTE: The Willow Room curriculum meets the public School Bench Marks for both Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten level students.
Typical Daily Schedule:
7:00-9:15 am Children arrive/Free Choice Activities
9:15-9:30 am Group Time
9:30-9:45 am Snack
9:45-10:15 am Outdoor play
10:15-11:15 am Activity Time
11:15-11:30 am Story Time
11:30-12:00 pm Lunch
12:00-12:45 pm Outdoor Play
12:45-2:30 pm Nap/Quiet Activities for non-nappers
2:45-4:00 pm Afternoon Spanish “immersion”/Snack/Free Choice
4:00-5:00 pm Outdoor Play
5:00-5:30 pm Combine with Aspen Room for Spanish/Activity Time
5:30-6:15 pm Move to the closing room
Note: Enrichment program schedules vary from class to class.