A Typical Day at Brookdale Nursery School

Brookdale is a structured, academic preschool offering a wide variety of activities to peak the interest of any child. Socialization and play are the primary reason for preschool education and skills are developed around this framework.

 

A daily schedule provides the safe and secure environment that children need. We strive to provide the stability that adds structure to the children's daily lives but also leaves plenty of room for spontaneous and enrichment activities.

 

  • The curriculum consists of appropriate activities for each age group.



 

 

Big Room

 

The Big Room is a fantastic, inviting room filled with a wide variety of manipulatives, a castle, slide, puppet theatre, doll house, kitchen, tool bench and easel for four. Fine motor and gross motor skill are developed as each age group uses the room each day. There is constant interaction between teachers and children as they explore, socialize, take turns, share, look at books, paint, pretend, dress up, stage puppet shows, cook and finally clean up. There is something for every child to enjoy.

 

Playground

 

Brookdale's Playground provides excellent opportunities for gross motor development as well as exposure to the many facets of nature. With supervision in our fenced and gated area, many forms of play take place. Choosing to drive the fire engine, climb the geodome, ride on the horse swings, go on the slides or play in the houses and sandbox, imaginations soar.

 

Enrichment

 

Brookdale offers Computer Classes, Dance Instruction, Cooking and soon an introduction to foreign language. Incorporated into the program are themes: 

"All About Me", Seasons, Apples, Pumpkins, Nutrition, Butterfly Metamorphosis and Safety with visits from the Police and Fire Departments. 

  

 

Two Year Old Program

 

9:15 to 11:45 or 12:45

Monday, Thursday or Tuesday, Friday

1 Day, Wednesday or Add Wednesday



 

 

The Two Year Old Class, for  many toddlers, is the first introduction to socialization and forming bonds outside their home environment. Separation issues gradually diminish as the child gets involved in the new surroundings. In a warm, loving atmosphere with a 4:1 child - teacher ratio, we encourage the use of language to communicate and express needs. Concepts of sharing, taking turns, following directions and group activities are incorporated into the curriculum.  Age appropriate puzzles, toys and music encourage the confidence to explore. Focus is placed on reading stories using interactive, repetitive stories. Colors and geometric shapes are introduced and coordinated with arts and craft projects.

 

 

Three Year old Program

 

9:00 to 12:00, 1:00 or 3:00



 

5 Days

Three days    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 

                      Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

 

 

In the Three Year Old Program, the "I Can Do It" awareness continues to grow. The child's world expands as they realize their capabilities and their relationship with the world around them. Self reliance, responsibility through having "jobs", self control and socialization are all incorporated into the structure of the day. The skills of self control and listening are taught through daily events such as weather bear, calendar and show and tell.  Reading books continues to be of major importance as well as focusing on pre-reading skills of patterning and sequencing. The color and geometric shape themes are expanded. To bring more attention to the printed word, activities such as picking helpers  by a child recognizing and spelling their name written on a card, naming the month or day of the week or labeling items throughout the room.  Practicing the writing of their name, cutting, tracing, painting, coloring all help to develop fine motor skills. Number concepts and counting are introduced. Our "All About Me" theme teaches awareness of diversity by observing likenesses and differences in hair and eye color, height, shoe size, etc. Science themes such as weather, seasons, planting, butterflies and water enrich awareness of the surrounding environment. 

 

Prekindergarten Program

 

9:00 to 12:00, 1:00 or 3:00



 

5 Days

Three Days - Monday Wednesday, Friday

                      Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

 

The skills and concepts that were the focus in the Three Year Old Program continue to be expanded as the attention span grows. "Letter of the Week" introduces sight and sound recognition as auditory skills develop. The child practices writing  the letter and naming words that begin with the sound as the teacher writes them. Further reinforcement comes as children bring a show and tell that begins with the "Letter of the Week". Basic addition and subtraction skills are incorporated into the routine of the day. As always, age appropriate concepts and materials are introduced to challenge and expand the child's knowledge of the world around them.     

 

 

Time Activity
9:00 am Drop-off
9:00 am - 10:00 am Educational programs
10:00 am - 11:00 am Free play in Big Room or outdoors
Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Rest time
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Afternoon program
3:00 pm Last dismissal

The days and times are flexible with a 3 or 5 Day schedule and 9:00 to 12:00, 9:00 to 1:00 or 9:00 to 3:00 options.