CHILD CARE AT ST. MARY'S

THE INFANT ROOM (6 weeks to 15 months)

Our infant rooms are licensed for up to 8 children. Adult to infant ratio is 1 to 4.  Individual attention and interaction is given to each infant. Throughout the day, we promote basic cognitive and social skills. Each teacher makes sure that each individual child’s needs are met. Singing, reading, talking and play are basic activities in the classroom.

 

We encourage children to explore and learn the environment. Materials and toys are age appropriate to stimulate an infant’s curiosity.

 

Teachers interact with each child at their level. We understand that each child learns at his/her pace and we see each child as a unique individual. We provide a safe and loving environment, where children feel free to learn and grow with the guidance and support of our teachers.

 

The objective of our infant room is to help each child learn, individually, all the important milestones of infancy to early Toddler, such as rolling over, crawling, walking, simple words and all the other skills necessary.

 

INFANT ROOM DAILY SCHEDULE

(Please note this schedule may vary day to day based on the changing/feeding needs of each infant.)

7:00-8:30            Arrivals and Breakfast

8:30-9:15             Structured free play (Stories and music)

9:15-9:30            Art

9:30-10:00          Snack

10:00-11:00        Baby gym (work on rolling over, crawling, walking, etc.)

11:00-11:30        Baby food lunch

11:30-12:00        Table food lunch

12:00-2:00          Naps for older infants and quiet time

2:00-2:30             Free play

2:30-3:00             Snack

3:00-4:30             Structured free play (Blocks, books)

4:30-5:30             Departures

Diapers and bottles are based on individual needs throughout the day.

 

INFANT ACTIVITIES

Younger Infants

Toy grasping

Stroller rides

Peek-a-boo

Who's in the mirror (ME!)

Rolling over

Crawling

Older Infant

Push the walker

Songs (Itsy Bitsy spider, 5 little monkeys, etc.)

THE TODDLER ROOM (16 months to 32 months)

Our toddler rooms are licensed for fourteen toddlers. The adult to toddler care ratio is 1 to 7. We promote interactions and social skills through socialization with peers, focusing on how to play in a group and how to share and take turns.

We stimulate children’s curiosity through the day with paint, story time, singing, structured play, free play, indoor and outdoor activities.

 

We encourage children to explore in a safe manner. Basic cognitive skills are taught through structured curriculums. Children are invited to participate in circle time, singing, painting and coloring through the day.

Toddlers strive for independence; our teachers are prepared to guide each child to learn to be more independent and at the same time to be safe with themselves and with others. Materials are selected to stimulate children’s curiosity and hunger to learn. Simple rules are introduced and reviewed daily. We encourage and reward appropriate behaviors. We establish a safe, loving and stimulating environment where children feel free to learn and grow at their own pace.

 

The main objective in our Toddler room is to teach the children their roles in the huge world they have entered. Manners are focused on, as well as simple feats, such as eating with a spoon or fork and washing their hands. Each Toddler will be taught at their own pace and encouraged to start toilet-training when they are ready.

THE TODDLER ROOM DAILY SCHEDULE

7:00-8:00            Arrival/ Free play

8:00-8:30            Breakfast

8:30-9:00            Dramatic Play

9:00-9:30             Diaper/ Bathrooms

9:30-10:00          Group time/Story Time

10:00-10:30        Art/ Sensory

10:30-11:00        Outside play/Indoor gross motor

11:00-11:30        Diapers/ Free play

11:30-12:00        Lunch

12:00-12:30        Clean- up/Story Time

12:30-2:00          Nap/Quiet Activities/diapering as needed

2:00-2:30             Afternoon Snack

2:30-3:30             Group Play/Music

3:30-4:30             Outside play/Large Motor activity

4:30-5:30             Pick-up Time/Good-byes

 

 

TODDLER ACTIVITIES

 

Quiet

Story time- books

Nap time

Puzzle time- puzzle and equipment

Look at me- mirror time

Active

Listening to music- music and dancing

Rolling and catching - balls

Outside play - run, walk, marching

Teacher Directed

Coloring- paper and colors

Toddler tasks- cleaning up, toy's to be picked up

Puppet show- Puppets

Finger Play- finger puppets

Painting- paint, paper, vegetables

Worksheets- dealing with shapes, numbers, colors, ABCs, paper and writing utensils

Singing Song

THE EARLY PRESCHOOL ROOM (33 months to 42 months)

Our early preschool room is licensed for up to 20 children. The adult to preschooler care ratio is 1 adult to 10 children. Children are engaged in daily activities, story time, arts and crafts, free play, clean up and outside time.

 

We encourage children to learn, to grow, to be safe with themselves and with others. At this level, pre-writing and pre-reading are introduced to children in simple ways. Phonetic sounds are presented to children with flash cards and group games. Materials are placed at children’s level for them to select the next activity with very minimal help. We want children to build confidence and self-esteem. We point out and reward positive behaviors and good choices. Children should feel good and proud about themselves. Children can learn something new and exciting every day. We set simple rules and review them daily.

 

Our teachers create curriculum on a yearly, monthly, and weekly basis. Children are involved in the creation of the curriculum. We guide children to express their feelings using words and demonstrate how to respect others.

We create a loving and exciting environment where everyone has the same opportunity to learn, grown and be safe.

 

TOILET TRAINING POLICY FOR EARLY PRESCHOOLERS

There are scheduled bathroom breaks during our day. Children are allowed to use the bathroom at any time throughout the day and will always be accompanied by at least one member of our staff. Preschoolers who are still toilet training will be encouraged to use the restroom as scheduled times. Toddler rates are charged for students who are still training.

EARLY PRESCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULE

7:00-8:00             Arrivals and Breakfast

8:00-8:30             Open Play

8:30-8:45             Circle Time (calendar, weather, Daily Story, Letter of the week)

8:45-9:30             Learning Stations (Art, Science, Literacy, early Math, pre-writing)

9:30-9:40             Clean Up/Restroom Break

9:40-10:00          Snack

9:55-10:15          Music/SmartBoard Play/Dancing

10:15-11:00        Gross motor play/outside play/Group Games (Pack up/half-day pickups)

11:00-11:20        Story Time/Video program

11:20-11:40        Restroom break/wash hands

11:40-12:10        Lunch

12:10-12:20        Basement Play/Story Time/Restroom Break/Clean Up

12:20-1:20          Rest-time

1:20-1:40             Restroom break

1:15-2:00             Learning Stations (pre-writing, Math, Science, Sensory Play)

2:00-2:20             Snack

2:20-3:00             Outside Play or indoor large motor activity (School-Day Pick-ups)

Extended Day (Pre-K programs combine)

3:00-4:30             Open Choice: Puzzles, Free writing, Dramatic Play, Blocks & Building, Art Station

4:30-5:30             Pick Ups and Free Play/Outside Play

 

 

EARLY PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Science
(Activities include, but are not limited to:)

Growing plants

Nature walks

Colored water experiments

Art
(Activities include, but are not limited to:)

Collages

Painting

Coloring (markers and crayons)

Cutting and gluing

Library/Quiet Time
(Activities include, but are not limited to:)

Book reading

Creating stories

Educational Videos

Large Muscle
(Activities include, but are not limited to:)

Walking and Running activities

Sport games (hockey, basketball, etc.)

Parachute

Playground time

Small Muscle/Manipulative
(Activities include, but are not limited to:)

Lego building

Play dough

Sand castles

Making necklaces

KINDERGARTEN READINESS (42 months to Kindergarten Entry)

Our Kindergarten Readiness room is licensed for up to 19 children daily. The staff to student ratio is 1 adult to 10 children. Children are engaged in daily activities, circle time, learning centered stations, crafts, school entry skills and outside play. 

Our Kindergarten Readiness Room has many objectives. We work on name writing, letter and number recognition, letter sounds, site words, and other school readiness skills. The children will be encouraged to use manners and speak with kind and respectful tones. Some other objectives include, learning not to talk to strangers, and other important life-long skills.

Our teachers create curriculum on a yearly, monthly, and weekly basis. Children are involved in the creation of the curriculum. We guide children to express their feelings using words and demonstrate how to respect others.

We create a loving and exciting environment where everyone has the same opportunity to learn, grown and be safe.

KINDERGARTEN READINESS DAILY SCHEDULE

7:00-8:00             Arrivals and Breakfast

8:00-8:30             Open Play

8:30-8:45             Circle Time (calendar, weather, Daily Story, Letter of the week)

8:45-9:30             Learning Stations (Art, Science, Literacy, early Math, pre-writing)

9:30-9:40             Clean Up/Restroom Break

9:40-10:00          Snack

9:55-10:15          Music/SmartBoard Play/Dancing

10:15-11:00        Gross motor play/outside play/Group Games (Pack up/half-day pickups)

11:00-11:20        Story Time/Video program

11:20-11:40        Restroom break/wash hands

11:40-12:10        Lunch

12:10-12:20        Basement Play/Story Time/Restroom Break/Clean Up

12:20-1:20          Rest-time

1:20-1:40             Restroom break

1:15-2:00             Learning Stations (pre-writing, Math, Science, Sensory Play)

2:00-2:20             Snack

2:20-3:00             Outside Play or indoor large motor activity (School-Day Pick-ups)

Extended Day (Pre-K programs combine)

3:00-4:30             Open Choice: Puzzles, Free writing, Dramatic Play, Blocks & Building, Art Station

4:30-5:30             Pick Ups and Free Play/Outside Play

 

 

KINDERGARTEN READINESS ACTIVITIES

Science
(Activities include, but are not limited to:)

Growing plants

Nature walks

Colored water experiments

Art
(Activities include, but are not limited to:)

Collages

Painting

Coloring (markers and crayons)

Cutting and gluing

Library/Quiet Time
(Activities include, but are not limited to:)

Book reading

Creating stories

Educational Videos

Large Muscle
(Activities include, but are not limited to:)

Walking and Running activities

Sport games (hockey, basketball, etc.)

Parachute

Playground time

Small Muscle/Manipulative
(Activities include, but are not limited to:)

Lego building

Play dough

Sand castles

Making necklaces

 

THE SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAM (Kindergarten to 12 years)

The School-Age Program is licensed for up to 15 children daily. The staff to student ratio is 1 adult to 15 children. Children are engaged in daily activities, story time, arts and crafts, free play, clean up and outside time.

 

BEFORE SCHOOL

7:00 a.m. – 7:40    Arrivals / Breakfast Snack

7:40 – 7:50          Prepare for School day

7:50-8:00             Walk to Elementary School/ Drop-off

 

AFTER SCHOOL

2:40 – 3:00          Pick up students at flagpole/walk to St. Mary’s

3:00 – 3:15          Hang up school gear/circle-time

3:15-3:40             Snack-time

3:40-4:00             Homework or Learn/play stations

4:00-5:30             Teacher-planned activities to include: group games, arts & crafts, outside play

 

SCHOOL-AGE FULL-DAY SCHEDULE

 

7:00 – 8:00          Arrivals/free play

8:00-8:30             Breakfast Snack

8:30-9:00             Circle Time

9:00-10:00          Learning Stations (Art, reading, social skills)

10-10:30              Morning Snack

10:30-11:00        Outside Play

11:00-12:00        Organized indoor group games/activities

12:00-12:30        Lunch (bring from home)

12:30-1:15          Outside Play

1:15-2:15             Free choice stations (science, technology, math)

2:15-2:30             Clean-up

2:30-3:00             Afternoon Snack

3:00-3:40             Music/Dramatic Play

3:40-4:00             Homework or Learn/play stations

4:00-5:30             Teacher-planned activities to include: group games, arts & crafts, outside play

815 6th Ave SW  |  Pine City, MN 55063  |  Phone: 320-629-3953  |  stmaryskidsacademy@gmail.com

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