Welcome to the Lion Classroom
Ms. Lauren and Ms. Shannon are the teachers of the Lion room, and they are very excited to have your child in this class. Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have on your upcoming transition. The following information will help you become familiar with the room and routine.
Opening – 8:45 Open play in the Tiger room (or outside)
8:45 – 9:30 Open play (inside or outside)
9:30 – 9:40 Clean up, use potties and wash hands
10:10 – 10:30 Greeting, Read stories, Singing, etc.
10:30 – 11:15 Open play, Cooking, Art, Science, Discovery time
11:15 – 12:00 Outside play/Gross motor activities
12:00 Clean up, Wash hands, Potty
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30-12:45 Audio books/Read aloud
12:45 – 2:30 Nap/quiet time
2:30 – 3:00 Wake up, quiet activities
3:00 – 3:15 Wash hands, clean up
3:15 – 3:30 Snack
3:30- 5:00 Outside play or open play
5:00 – 5:30 Open play
(Our schedule may vary slightly on times from day to day, depending on the children’s needs and interests for that particular day)
Our curriculum is created by using the Reggio-Emilia approach of emergent curriculum. We use a play-based philosophy in which we provide new materials and challenges based on the themes of interest we see throughout the classroom. The teachers are researchers. Our job is to be engaged in the children’s play and find common threads in their play to spark curriculum ideas which challenge, question, and support their learning. Our goal is to provide a space where the children feel their ideas are honored and represented in a way that allows them to learn through their play. Through play we practice negotiation and teamwork skills. We explore numbers, quantities, shapes, letters, sounds, language and colors. We expand our vocabulary, practice inquiry skills and expressing feelings. Every material and interaction is intentional to support the child as a whole learner and prepares them to be a functioning member of society.
Lions have 3 basic rules in the classroom: respect yourself, respect others and respect the community.
We are lucky to have woods surrounding us as a place we can explore as a class. Each week we will spend time exploring outside. Sometimes our explore days consist of walking across logs in the woods, letting children’s imaginations run wild with pretend animals and dissecting bones, building forts, rolling in the mud or anything else we run into while outside in the woods. For the most part, the children guide the exploration and thus guide their own learning and discovery. We often allow our students to use team work, build relationships and foster trust within themselves. Our number one concern is the safety of our students. We try to go outside as much as we can except for extreme weather conditions that would make it unsafe to do so.