Enrollment for 2017-2018

I am now accepting registration for the 2017-2018 school year. I am planning on teaching a four year old morning and afternoon class. These classes will both be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Am will be from 8:45-11:15 and pm class will be 11:30-2. If you are interested in enrolling please text or call me ASAP as spots are filling quickly. Thanks :)

Exploring Time Preschool Objectives

We have formed the following objectives to achieve the most positive learning outcomes.

We will help our preschool children work to:

  • Develop a positive learning attitude
  • Understand and use basic educational concepts in Literacy, Math and Science
  • Communicate clearly in different forms
  • Develop social skills and ethical responsibility
  • Develop independence
  • Develop physical skills and personal hygiene
  • Meet or exceed the state standards for entering Kindergarten
  • Most of all- have fun while learning and exploring the world around them

Available Classes

Starting February 1st I will start registering for the 2017-2018 school year.  My classes will be as follows:
  • 3 year old-I am not planning to offer  a three year old class for the 2017-2018 school year. If enough people are interested in enrolling I will teach this class.
  • 4 year olds- Tuesday and Thursdays AM class will be  8:45- 11:15 am. PM classes will be held Tuesday/Thursday from 11:30-2 pm.     The cost of this class will be $85 (eighty five)per month with a non-refundable $50 registration fee. If your child is pulled out of school before May you will NOT have the money refunded.  
 *Requirements for classes: Your child needs to be 4 by September 1st, 2015 to enroll. They also need to be fully potty trained. I'm not equipped for children with special needs. 

*Our house is up for sale. We hope to be in our new home by the time school starts, but I will for sure keep you up to date as to the location of preschool for next year. Our new house will also be in Maeser about 2 miles north of where I am now.

Tentative Curriculum

We have purchased a new curriculum this year. It's Hougton-Mifflin Preschool. We're excited to implement this into our planning this year. 
Our curriculum is broken into months and then into subjects as follows:

September
  • Letters- Aa,Ee, Ii
  • Numbers- 3
  • Math- Counting Skills, Comparing Objects 
  • Social/Emotional- Names (first and last), Emotions
  • Language/Literacy- Listening with purpose
  • Health/Safety- Fine motor skills
  • Science-insects
  • Beginning assessment of basic skills
  • Eric Carle
October
  • Letters- Ss, Ll, Oo
  • Numbers- 2, 12, 20
  • Math- Stars, Patterns
  • Shape- 
  • Color- purple 
  • Social/Emotional- Emotions
  • Language/Literacy-Printed Language
  • Health/Safety- Gross motor skills/sports
  • Science- Leaves/Trees/Pumpkins/Outer Space
  • Mercer Mayer
November
  • Letters- Bb,Jj, Nn, Kk
  • Numbers- 3, 13
  • Math- Rectangles, Squares, Spacial Relationships
  • Social/Emotional- Veterans day/ gratitude
  • Language/Literacy-Exploring elements of a book
  • Health/Safety- Healthy Foods, Independent Personal Care
  • Science- Human body, sink/float
  • Little Red Hen
December
  • Letters- Gg, Yy
  • Numbers- 4,14
  • Math- Awareness of time
  • Social/Emotional-Taking turns
  • Language/Literacy-Rhythm and syllables
  • Health/Safety-Hand washing, Independent Personal Care
  • Science- 5 senses
  • Golidlocks and 3 bears
January
  • Letters- Dd, Ii, Tt
  • Numbers- 5, 15
  • Math- Oval, Circle, Patterns and Sorting
  • Social/Emotional-Following Directions
  • Language/Literacy-Rhymes, Alliteration
  • Health/Safety- Safety procedures, Independent Personal Care
  • Science- Hot vs. Cold, Dinosaurs
  • Mid year assessment
  • Mo Williams 
February
  • Letters-Pp, Vv, Ff
  • Numbers- 6, 16
  • Math- Hearts, Measurements
  • Social/Emotional- Friendship
  • Language/Literacy-Writing introduction
  • Health/Safety-Stranger danger, Independent Personal Care
  • Science-Living vs. Non-living
  • Community Helpers
  • Laura Numeroff "If you give.." 
March
  • Letters- Hh, Ww, Zz, Qq
  • Numbers- 7, 17
  • Math- Triangles, Diamonds, Collecting data and drawing conclusions
  • Social/Emotional- Respect
  • Language/Literacy- Writing- Dr. Seuss
  • Health/Safety- Car safety, Independent Personal Care
  • Science- Life Cycles/habitats
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
April
  • Letters- Cc, Ff, Rr, Xx
  • Numbers- 8, 18
  • Math- Crescent, Geometric shapes
  • Social/Emotional-Empathy
  • Language/Literacy- Storytelling, Forming words
  • Health/Safety- Street safety, Independent Personal Care
  • Science- Clouds/Weather 
  • 3 little pigs
May
  • Letters- Letter Review
  • Numbers- 9, 19
  • Math- Review shapes, Comparing
  • Social/Emotional-Seeking help appropriately
  • Language/Literacy- Forming words
  • Health/Safety- Independent personal care
  • Science- opposites
  • End of year assessment
*Curriculum is subject to change at discretion of teacher according to class needs

*Our 3 year old curriculum will follow the same basic subjects as our 4 year old classes.  We will do some different themes and activities but still follow the state outlined pre-kindergarten guidelines.  3 year olds have different needs so our curriculum will be tailored to meet their needs.

Sample Day

10:00- Quiet Activity while everyone gets settled
                  puzzles, books, file folders, etc.
10:10- Circle time
  • Welcome Song
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Weather
  • Calendar
  • Show and Tell Bucket
10:20- School Time
  • Letter of the Day
  • Number of the Day
  • Shape of the Day
  • Color of the Day
10:35- Discovery Time
  •  Centers
  • Fine Motor Skill Building
10:50- Activity Time
  • Music/Dance
  • Arts/Crafts
11:05- Reading Time
  • Individual
  • Class Story
11:15- Snack time
11:25- Play Time
11:40- Gross Motor Skill Building
11:50- Clean-up/ get ready to go home/ Review day's concepts learned
12:00 Parent pick up

*Times and activities subject to change

Guidelines and Rules

  • Child must be 4 by September 1st to be enrolled in the 4 year old class.
  • Tuition is $90 per month.
  • Tuition is due the first week of every month with a $10 late fee if payed after that date.
  • $100 non-refundable registration fee is required to hold your child's place in the class.  This money covers the registration fee and May's tuition.  If your child is pulled out of our school before the end of the year, you will NOT get that money back. 
  • Exploring Time T-Shirts will be worn on field trip days.  If you wish to purchase a shirt please add $5 to your registration fee.  If you do not wish to purchase a t-shirt, please provide your child with a green shirt they can wear on field trips.
  • Child must be up to date on immunizations by the first day of class.
  • Parent must follow the dropping off and picking up procedures outlined in the the registration packet.
  • Pick up and drop off to be within 5 minutes of starting and finishing time. 
  • Child must be able to reasonably comply with classroom rules.  We are not equipped to enroll children with special needs.
  • Parent will keep sick children home.
  • Parent will inform teacher of any medical conditions or food allergies prior to first day of class. 
  • Each student is asked to bring snack for the class one day per month.  These days will be assigned each month. Children with food allergies or intolerance will be asked to bring their own snack each day and will not be asked to bring snack for entire class unless they request to be included in snack rotation.

Sample Activties

We're still working on getting samples of some of our projects.  Here are a few of the activities we have planned for our classes this year:

  • Show and Tell
  • Student of the week 
  • Ice-cream making
  • Pajama day
  • Thanksgiving Feast
  • Gingerbread Houses with grandparents
  • Christmas program for family and friends
  • Field trips
  • Community helpers week
  • Easter egg hunt
  • Farm field day
  • Crazy hair day
  • Silly Sock day
  • Wacky Wednesday
  • Planting seeds
  • Pumpkin math
  • Holiday Parties