7171 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46240
A Cooperative Preschool Established in 1960
Mondays & Fridays, 9 am – 11:30 am
Wednesdays, 9 am – 1 pm
Age Requirement: 4 years old by September 1st
The goals for our four-year-olds fall into four categories of growth: social, emotional, intellectual, and physical. On any given day, you will see children engaged in play activities that fall into these categories. At this age level, we encourage children to demonstrate cooperative behavior, critical thinking and problem solving, enhanced verbal communication, beginning reading and writing skills, fine and gross motor skills, and strong auditory and visual discrimination skills.
9 am – 9:15, Arrival & Floor Games
As the children arrive, the teacher is always sitting in her chair to welcome each child. After the children place their belongings in an assigned cubby, they wash their hands and join the others in the Climbing Room to play age-appropriate floor games and wait for the others to arrive.
9:15 – 9:30, Class Meeting
Once all of the children arrive, our teacher begins the morning meeting. She helps the children find out if they are assigned a special job for the day, like feeding the birds or helping set up the snack. They are always excited to see if their name is selected for one of those special jobs. The teacher also describes what is planned for the day.
9:30 – 10:30, Free Play
Once the morning meeting is over, the children are free to go from room to room and play. Painting at the easel, pretend play, building with blocks, sorting objects, climbing on a climber, cooking, finger painting, or even taking apart an old mechanical item are typical activities. On some days, there is well-supervised wrestling which is enjoyed by boys and girls alike! On some days the entire day is spent outside doing activities, storytime and eating snack or lunch.
10:30 – 10:40, Clean Up
This is an instructive time where everyone learns team work and it transitions to the children gathering for a quiet time, listening to music and looking at books with a bonus backrub as the teacher visits with each child and interacts quietly about the morning.
10:40 – 11, Circle Time
Children and adults gather for Circle Time and engage in group activities such as finger plays, games, singing, a flannel board story, or storybook. These activities enhance language and math skills.
11 – 11:10, Snack
The children, parents, and teacher gather for a small snack, such as crackers, pretzels, or dried fruit. Children are encouraged to appropriately communicate their needs and pass the snack baskets to one another. Snacks are provided by the school, but families are welcome to bring alternative snacks to share with the class. Food sensitivities and allergies are accommodated.
11:10 – 11:30, Outside Play
As long as the temperature is above zero and it is not storming, children experience outdoor play on the school’s well-equipped, half-acre playground every day. Children are free to play on all playground equipment. They may choose to swing on the tire swing, pretend in the tree house, slide down the slide or fire pole, dig in the sand, climb on the playset, or enjoy an outdoor game with their friends. Big wheels and sleds both go down the gentle hill and our favorite activities.
The participating parents and teacher are present around the playground to ensure safe and fun playtime. We encourage the children to have fun and we expect them to get dirty!
The children are dismissed from the playground, many parents stay and socialize with each other.
Wednesdays: Lunch & Field Trips 9 am – 1 pm
On Wednesdays, the order of activities is different due to the extended day. The children bring their lunches and eat together. These days often include field trips. Field trips are a great way to extend in-class learning and fit in well with our hands-on learning philosophy. They typically occur twice a month. Examples of trips are a fall creek stomp and winter hike, Indianapolis Museum of Art-both inside and out, and Theatre performances.
Our music teacher comes twice a month to the classroom and leads the children in a music lesson. This is a very interactive and often physical lesson, in which the children learn about pitch, rhythm, tempo, and frequently play different instruments.