By the time 3 o’clock comes around, the Preschool students have had a very busy day. What’s most important is that the children enjoy the last part of their day and go home feeling satisfied with the interpersonal experiences they’ve had.
The Early Childhood Education Afterschool Program is designed to support their daily curriculum and enrich their cognitive, emotional, social, physical, and language skills. Time spent in afterschool is time for playing, problem-solving in a social context, bonding, discovering new friendships, cherishing the company of others, indulging the imagination, creating art, talking, laughing, eating and… learning Spanish!
The 3 year-olds gather in the Afterschool room for a quiet beginning to their afternoon while the 4-6 year-olds kick off the afternoon with Spanish.
- 3:00pm – 3:30pm – Spanish circle (includes games, skits, stories, crafts, workbooks, and call-and-response activities designed to make learning a new language irresistibly fun). Spanish circle takes place Monday through Thursday.
- 3:30pm – 4:00pm – Finishing lunches and having snack.
- 4:00pm – 5:15pm – Outside play time (includes special activities such as bowling, bubble blowing, tee ball, obstacle courses, and outdoor art).
- 5:15pm – 5:25pm – Cleaning up and washing hands.
- 5:25pm – 5:40pm – Tea Time, which brings the children together, sitting in a quiet, small circle, drinking tea, and eating fruit or crackers. They reflect on the most enjoyable parts of the day and decompress as the day comes to a close. Tea Time takes place closer to 5:15pm during the winter, when it gets dark outside early. If it is nice outside until 5:30pm, children soak up the sunlight until then and come in for tea at that time.
- 5:40pm – 6:00pm – Brief story time for remaining children who have finished their tea and treats.
- 6:00pm – School is closed. All children must be picked up by this time.
An optional Afterschool science class is available for an additional fee. These classes are taught in series, with the topic for each changing throughout the year. They are taught by a Montessori-trained science teacher who uses the Lawrence Hall of Science curriculum. Fun weekly projects focused on physical science, observing, comparing, and acquiring new vocabulary.