PLAY 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 pre-k program for children ages 4- 5 years of age. This program is geared towards our oldest children as they finish their time with us and prepare to enter the elementary school system. In this program children follow a typical Kindergarten schedule beginning their day on the playground and then entering their classrooms.
The Pre-k classroom is set up similar to our preschool program with math, language, science, art, dramatic play, quiet corner and circle time. Here we further expand our academic centers allowing further growth as children begin to expand on their language and number recognition as well are more complicated arts and crafts projects focused on your young learner.
A Typical Day At Pre-K
7:30- 9:00 am 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 have a snack or read a book together before their good-byes.
9:00 – School Begins. Children may use the restrooms or finish early morning activities.
9:30– Morning Assembly. Morning activities begin, calendar helper, weather watcher, assign line leader/caboose, botanist, electrician etc.
10:00am – Snack/ Outdoor free play. Here children may have a snack or explore any area outside they wish.
10:30 – 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 to continue their exploration and research. Through this open-ended balance of teacher/child initiated learning, both teacher and child are researchers.
11:40– 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– Lunch/ Nap(optional) – After lunch, children use the bathroom, wash hands and are allowed to use a favorite animal or book to read during rest time. Children who no longer nap are given free play on the playground.
2:10– Afternoon Snack Bathroom breaks are given and children wash up for afternoon snack.
2:30– Children return to their classrooms where they may continue to explore the classroom centers and finish any tasks that they have been working on.
3:00-4:30 Full Day Dismissal/ After School Activities. 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.
4:30 -6:00pm Free Play Children may enjoy exploring the playground until pick up.