Family Mornings

Teacher: Cathy

Days/time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-11:15AM

Ages: 2-4

Class size: 14

Cost: $100 + SCC fees

In-class Experience

Children will attend two days a week. One day a week the caregiver will attend and “work” in the classroom. The other is considered a drop off day where the child may come without the caregiver.

It’s  Wednesday morning and a time to join our friends as one big family. With a mixed age group we take advantage of this special opportunity of working together. The older children help teach and care for the younger children as they participate with delight. A wide array of ever changing activities awaits these playful children. Some children begin their play based thinking with climbing, molding playdough or experimenting in the seed box by dumping, pouring and squishing in delight. Perhaps they want to meet around block area for some serious building. Still others may choose a quiet moment with the doll house, observe or pet one of our friendly animals, or sit on a cozy cushion with a parent ready to read a book. With all that play, many children are ready to refuel at the snack table with a nutritious snack that a classmate has brought to share with everyone.   Then it’s off to the Castle Rooms where the artists go right to the art table to express their creativity, with art materials that the art parent has set out. Popular, too are the sensory boxes. A few are busy playing with trains. Others enjoy dressing up in costumes, so don’t be surprised if you see a cat or dog running around. Everyone is creating, thinking, and they are learning to take turns with their friends, as they go about the business of play. Parents assigned to particular areas of the classroom stay in those areas and supervise the children.

In what seems like too short a time, the strains of “The Entertainer” are heard over the speakers. That music, the children soon learn, means clean up time. All the adults find clean up jobs for the children and soon everyone is busy picking up, putting away, and scrubbing.

Group activities occur at circle with teacher Cathy for those who want to join in active songs, finger plays, dancing with scarves, or other props. There is always time to include children’s favorite circle time activities and a book or two. Our morning ends outside where children climb, slide, swing, balance, and explore the outdoors. Then it’s time for our going home song, “Preschool is over, we had lots of fun. Now it’s time for going home so ‘Good-bye’ everyone!” The children give Cathy a BIG HUG or a wave good-bye. After all those activities, a lot of energy has been expended and your little student will tend to be tired and ready for a long rest!

 

Course Description:

This course is designed for parents and children between 2 and 4 years of age.  The course format includes weekly parent education discussions and classroom experiences designed to explore, learn and practice relevant early childhood development research.  Areas of discussion will include temperament, challenging behaviors, literacy, support structures for families and positive discipline.

Course Requirements:

Parent Education 137 is a two-credit course.  Students must attend preschool each week and a parent education evening session once a quarter.  Please notify the instructor or parent coordinator if you are going to be absent from class.  All evening parent education seminars are required.  If for some reason you are absent from any of the evening seminars, there are a variety of ways you can make them up.  Please refer to your NCCP handbook for details on make-up sessions.  Students are expected to participate in the weekly discussion groups as well as perform duties required to ensure a safe and enriching preschool.

Student Learning Objectives:

To identify topics of concern for parents of young children and explore appropriate options.

To participate in discussions where class members express a variety of viewpoints.

To discuss and understand normal development of two to three year olds.

To establish, maintain and supervise a safe and stimulating environment that fosters appropriate play.

To explore current relevant research as it applies to young children.