1. Who are the children who participate in this program? They are all local children and the majority are those who attend the church. Who are the staff members? What are the minimum qualifications required to work here for teacher and teacher aide/assistant positions? -The current staff members include women and one male, who does Chapel. -The qualifications required to work is a college level degree or associates degree to be a teacher. An assistant or aide is a basic high school diploma or above. What is the teaching philosophy of the program? When was the philosophy developed?
Is it written down and given to all employees and parents? -The overall teaching philosophy that is generalized is that if a child has the ability to learn, set the bar high. Create and environment for the child to be challenged. -The philosophy was developed over a year ago. It is communicated through parent/teacher conferences and also through the Director. 4. Upon what learning theory or theories is the program built? Is this written down and given to all employees and parents? The theory is taking the best care of the children as good as possible in every situation.
Being able to incorporate Biblical principals along with learning is a main focus. It is communicated through parent/teacher conferences and also through the Director. What is the program’s approach to parent relationships? Is this written down and given to all employees and parents? -The Director has the main communication with the parents. If there is an issue that concerns the parent, instead of communicating with the teacher, parents address it to the Director and then the Director will speak with the teacher. Although, there are parent/teacher conferences twice a year where the teachers speak directly to the parents.
At the beginning of the year the pre school gives out a test that is taken off of the Dial 3 for public school pre-k. Each child is given that test to see where they fall as they enter into pre-school. Observation: The children were coming back from Chapel when I arrived. I was already in the classroom and immediately once they saw me they all began asking questions, hugging, and smiling. After a few seconds of adjusting and an introduction of myself Mrs. Laird had them focus and move into circle time. Circle time was about 15 minutes. Mrs.
Laird explained their rewards system for the week which is earning tickets to put in their cups, and at the end of the week they can choose a prize out of the special boxes. If they choose to not behave, they must pull a ticket. Mrs. Laird went around the room with their “Good Morning’s”. Example: Mrs. Laird “Good morning Stella! ” Stella: “good morning Mrs. Laird! ” – Stella received a ticket. After a few exercises in circle time which included, ABC’s and intro to their new letter “K”; Pumpkins (theme of the month); and Math and counting we moved into Handwriting at their desks.
Each child has their own journal and special pencil they use. (They know their own pencils! ) Mrs. Laird asked them to draw a “P” for… ”PUMPKIN” they all shouted! As Mrs. Laird drew a “P” on the board the children wrote in their journals. Next they flipped over 1 page and then had to draw a picture of a pumpkin. Once the letter and picture was complete, they moved into writing numbers. This week they are on number 11. The children all went to their numbers page in their journal and began writing numbers 1-11. Handwriting lasted about 15 minutes. Moving right along Mrs.
Laird released the children into Centers. In the science center the children were to see if a pumpkin would float in water. There was a chart with “yes or no” and each child got to see if the pumpkin floated and put a smiley face under “yes”. The children played in the sand boxes, blocks center and home living. All of the children played very well together! During Center time the noise volume went up dramatically but that’s normal for this time. Mrs. Laird gave a 5 minute warning before clean up time and then a final announcement. If the children cleaned up well they received a ticket.
Mrs. Laird told the children they were going to do their reading before they went to recess today. This wasn’t in their normal routine, but the children were very excited to “show off” because I was in the room. Mrs. Laird passed out their reading folders and book marks to each child. They began reviewing their sight words and then read a few sentences. The children all were very confident in their reading and they were also very proud they could recognize their words and letters. All of the children received tickets for participating and doing such a great job!
After the morning lessons, the children went out to recess, then came back in for lunch and then they got ready for nap time. I stayed through recess and ate lunch with the children. Mrs. Laird has a classroom full of type A personalities and each child is very out spoken and craves attention. This results in a problem for Mrs. Laird at times, but each child is very eager to learn and therefore Mrs. Laird gladly accepts that challenge. She truly cares for the learning ability of each child and shows as much direct attention as she possibly can to each one when they accomplish their goal.
I believe Mrs. Laird does exactly what the teaching philosophy states not only inside but outside her classroom. DAP: Although this program is still relatively new, I believe they follow the developmentally appropriate guidelines. The classroom is set up according to standards and all proper equipment and centers are throughout the class room. There is always room for improvement and more space but the layout of the classroom and the preschool itself is very child friendly and appropriate for preschool children.
There are many things to explore inside and outside the classroom and the children feel comfortable in their setting and also being around Mrs. Laird and the other staff members. There are times when Mrs. Laird needed to step out of her classroom for a restroom break, ect and the teachers aide came in and picked right up. The children know how to respect their authority and transition from one to another. Alysia’s Notes: CIRCLE TIME: 15 MINUTES -Explanation of the reward system- tickets -children said “good morning” to Mrs. Laird -ABC review and intro to letter K.
-Pumpkins (theme of the month)- big, small, smooth, bumpy -Math and counting- a few addition problems HANDWRITING: 15 MINUTES -P for pumpkin in journal, and draw pictures of pumpkins -Numbers for the week #11 -write numbers 1-11 CENTERS: 10 MINUTES -Will a pumpkin float? -sand boxes, home living, blocks center -clean up announcement- tickets for doing a good job READING: 7 MINUTES -journals, book marks -sight words -read sentences RECESS- OUTSIDE 25 MINUTES LUNCH- INSIDE 25 MINUTES OR SO BATHROOM BREAKS & TRANSITION INTO NAP TIME.
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