3’s and 4’s Preschool Program

No longer toddlers but not quite older preschoolers, the 3’s and 4’s have a special place.  These teachers work together to help children learn independence, explore God’s world through touch and language, and guide each child to become the best they can be!

********* Classroom Handbook*********

Preschool 3’s & 4’s
Welcome to our rooms!

We are so glad that you are here with us. Thank you for choosing St. John Child Development Center for your family. For this is a family endeavor, we work with you to meet the needs of your child.

How do we learn? Our official curriculum is “Creative Curriculum”, with a good dose of the Reggio Emilia approach. In a nutshell, we believe that children’s play is their work. We provide them with many different ways to explore and learn about their world. We listen to their conversations, provide them with the tools to further their learning, and document their progress as we go. Parent-Teacher Conferences are held twice a year to discuss your child’s development.

Your child’s faith life: We strongly feel that parents are their child’s primary faith teachers. We are proud to partner with you in this most important endeavor. We will be talking about Jesus everyday in our class. If you are seeking a church home, we invite you to consider St. John Lutheran Church.

What are the rules? In everything we do, we try to model kindness, good manners, cooperation, problem solving, and respect for others and the environment. We understand that children will not master these skills at this age; it is something to consistently practice. So, our main class rules are very simple:

*Nice hands
*Nice words
*Listen to the Teachers
*Put away toys when you are done with them.

Our discipline is based on Interaction vs Intervention. If the teachers are helping the children practice good manners, we have to discipline less. However, if one or two reminders aren’t working, a short time-out is used. We also have time-away for hitting or hurting. Our phrase is, “You hit, you sit.” Thankfully we don’t have to use that one too often!

How do I find information? There are some areas to check each day for notes, etc.

*Your child’s cubby.  Any notes regarding your child from the day, such as accident notes, nap needs, etc. Please check this daily as it can get a little full!

*Your child’s hook. Often when children have an accident, we hang the bag containing their clothes there. (They don’t smell very nice if left overnight!)

*Our web-site. Our web address is www.stjohnseward.org/cdc

*Facebook. We update items on Facebook quite often.

*Email. This will be a primary communication venue, so please feel free to email any questions you have.

What toys can my child bring to school?  It is difficult at this age to share something very special, and often items would become lost or broken. We have come up with a list of items that are OK to bring, and also help us learn about our world!

*Anything from nature- feathers, rocks, leaves, if it’s alive, bring it in an appropriate container, please!

*A small stuffed animal or baby doll for nap time. (It should be small enough to fit in your child’s cubby.)

*A book. We love to share our favorite stories!

Anything else should stay at home. Thank you for your understanding in this matter!

As far as school supplies, you do not need to bring anything. We have classroom supplies of glue, markers, crayons, etc. On the subject of backpacks, we really would prefer that your child not bring one. Our coat area is rather small and when winter approaches, things fall off of our hooks because there is not enough room. However, if you have already bought one and your child is SUPER excited to bring it, it is welcome during the warm months.

What should my child bring? We have cubbies in the restrooms for each child for a change of clothes. Please bring appropriate seasonal clothes. Above 0* or below 100* we try to go outside each day if the weather allows, so come dressed to play! There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.

Daily schedule. Here is our day in a nutshell. We may deviate a bit from our schedule, but this is where we will start. Our days begin and end in other classrooms:

Opening – 8:00 – Free Play
7:05 – 7:50 – Breakfast
8:30 – 9:45 Centers/ Circle Time
9:45 – 10:30 Recess! Outdoor Fun
10:30 – 11:15 – Jesus Time /Music and movement/ Free Play

11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 – Bathroom break before Naptime
1:00 – 2:00/2:30 PM – Naptime

2:30-3:00 – Snack

3:00 – 4:15 –Outside Recess
4:15-6:00 – Story Time and Free Play

What is ‘Preschool Only’? Some children in our class are only attending from 8:30 – 11:30 AM, our Preschool Time. Some of the children arrive earlier and stay later through the afternoon.

Nap Needs: If your child will be napping with us, please send a small pillow (not bed-sized), a blanket, and a crib sheet. We will provide a bag to store them in during the week, and bags will be sent home at the end of the week for nap things to be laundered.

We work closely with Concordia University’s Early Childhood Education program and will often have students observing or student teaching with us. This is a fabulous opportunity for us to learn the newest ideas in Early Childhood Education. Both your child and I will greatly benefit from this relationship.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to ask! We try to be very thorough with the information we email, send home and post, but occasionally information gets lost. We’re so glad that we will be working together this year! It is a privilege to be a part of St. John Child Development Center and a part of your child’s daily life. Thank you for entrusting us with your child.