Preschool 2

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Ms. Daphnea, Preschool 2:  Lead Teacher


Welcome to the Preschool 2 classroom that serves the 3 to 4 year old Lakers. The preschool 2 classroom loves to have fun while being in a structured and learning environment. We will focus on the recognition of letter names, sounds, shapes, and colors, etc. We also encourage the children in their learning of using their words to explain their emotions to friends and teachers, helping them have positive social interactions. On occasion we enjoy being able to get into our kitchen to read recipes, follow directions, create, and cook our snacks. Hands on learning in the kitchen is a lot of fun and the children love to be a part of personally making the food they will be eating. This also allows children to become better acquainted with healthy foods and eating choices. We are blessed to be a part of the GVSU campus as this allows us to take walks on campus to visit, interact, and further the children's learning within the many different opportunities, departments, special events, sporting courts, and gyms on campus. We like to get outside and be active as often as we can. The preschool 2 classroom uses the Creative Curriculum which enables the children to become independent in their learning. Every day we have choice time which allows the children access to play with any materials within the classroom. Small group is also every day and is a combination of teacher led learning and independent learning where the children can work on things such as sorting, cutting, writing practice, etc. We do not focus on a particular theme in the classroom, rather we do studies. A new study begins by the children creating a list of idea topics that interest them. We encourage the study choices to be things that are relative to the children and that they have interaction with in their daily lives. Once the topic is chosen, the class creates a web of ideas surrounding the topic that we would like to learn about. A study can last a week, two, or more depending on the children's interest. Preschool 2 at the CEC is a lot of fun and we enjoy learning!

Preschool 2 Classroom Schedule

7:00-8:25 am: Arrival and Choice Activities

8:25-8:50 am: Wash hands, Breakfast, and Potty

8:50-9:10am: Outside Time (in good weather) or Indoor Free Play

                             (inclement weather)

9:10-9:20 am: Large Group time /Morning Circle time –

  • Calendar Time: Students will discuss month, day of the week, year, weather.
  • Students will hear a story related to the theme. Key information about the theme will be discussed.

9:20-10:15 am: Choice time – your child will choose an educational

                         center for independent choice learning

10:15-10:30 am: Clean up, Potty/Wash hands and snack

10:30- 10:50 am: Small Group Time - Zoo-Phonics or Teacher Lead

                             guided learning opportunity

10:50-11:40 am: Outside Time (in good weather) or Indoor Free Play

                             (inclement weather)

11:40- 12:05 pm: Read – aloud time- Teacher will pick books to read

          based on the day’s studies

12:15-12:40 pm: Potty/Wash hands, Lunch and Brush Teeth

12:40-2:00 pm: Rest Time and Quiet Activities- Children will be

encouraged to sleep or lay quietly on the cot. At 1:30 pm children who are awake will be allowed to pick out a quiet toy to play independently on their cots

2:00 – 2:10pm: Potty and clean up from rest time

2:10 – 2:20 pm: Closing Circle time – End of Day Songs, students recall

what they have learned and discuss what they would like to learn about in the future

2:20- 3:10 pm: Independent Choice Learning


After School Care:

3:10pm – Wash hands and Snack

3:30- 5:00 pm: Outside Time (in good weather) or Indoor Free Play

(inclement weather)

5:00-6:00 pm: Limited Choice time