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typical day  

Each child will participate in these activities throughout the course of their day at Lifegate Preschool in Omaha, Nebraska.

Note: This is provided as a sample, as some sessions may be in a different order, depending on the day.

Arrival and greeting time:

Children arrive and are greeted warmly by their teachers. We begin our day with a greeting song, which sings each child's name and encourages the other children to sing along so that they will learn their classmate's name.

Arts and crafts time:

Children create a project (see finger painting photo), they may learn to follow directions by assembling something or they have a “cooking project” for the art time. This is when opportunity is given to learn to print their name and print the letter of the week.

Story time (Weekly Theme):

Children are read a story and introduced to the letter, number, shape, and/or color of the week. In addition a “concept” or “theme of the week” is discussed. Some sample “themes” include discussions on families, senses, manners, seasons, pets, dinosaurs and many other age appropriate topics.

Large motor:

We move to music, play with the parachute, play instruments, toss bean bags or we may play a game together in the large group. We always enjoy going outside to run and play on our playground when weather permits.

Snack time:

We use this time help to develop table manners, such as “Please,” “Thank you” and “May I please be excused?” Parents sign-up to bring snacks or the children make the snack as an “art project” that day.

Playtime:

Children have opportunity to play in different Learning Centers which include:

  • Kitchen Center
  • Dress-up Center
  • Puppet Theater
  • Listening Center
  • Building Block Area
  • Table Activities - puzzles, matching or sequencing games along with other activities.
  • Climbing Blocks
  • Art center
  • Revolving learning center that changes every 3-4 weeks Example: Farm, Doctor's Office, Grocery Store, Carpenter Shop, Beauty Salon (see photo), Fire Department (see photo), Post Office, etc.

 

Dismissal:

This is a time when children return to their original classroom, sing a "Good bye" song and are dismissed by their teacher.

Note: Field Trips

We also offer field trips throughout the year to places like the pumpkin patch (see photo), the Henry Doorly Zoo, Fontenelle Forest Nature Center (locations vary every year). The Omaha Symphony and Gifford Farm participate in our in-house field trips.

 
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