An environment to grow and learn.

MSEK uses the Creative Curriculum® to provide a developmentally-appropriate curriculum to accommodate the differences in children’s skills and experiences.

Daily Schedule

Preschool Daily Schedule
TIME ACTIVITY
6:00-8:00 Arriving and Self Select Activities
8:00-9:00 Outside Time
9:00-9:30 Transitioning and Bathroom/Hand washing Time
9:30-10:00 AM Snack
10:00-10:30 Circle Time
10:30-11:00 Self Select Activities
11:00-11:45 Outside Time
11:45-12:00 Bathroom/Hand washing
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:30 Rest Time
PM Snack Time
3:00-4:00 Outside Time
4:00-6:00 Combine with Preschool Room for afternoon activities
Twos' Daily Schedule
TIME ACTIVITY
6:00-8:00 Arriving and Self Select Activities
8:00-8:20 Diaper Changing/Potty/Hand Washing
8:20-9:15 Classroom Exploration
9:15-9:20 Clean Up Time
9:30-9:45 Morning Snack
9:45-10:00 Music and Movement
10:00-11:00 Outside Time
11:00-11:15 Diaper Changing/Potty/Hand Washing
11:15-12:00 Circle Time/Small Group Time
12:00-12:20 Lunch
12:20-12:30 Diaper Changing/Potty/Wash Hands
12:30-2:30 Rest Time
PM Snack Time
3:00-4:00 Outside Time
4:00-6:00 Combine with Preschool Room for afternoon activities

Meals & Nutrition

Nutrition is fundamental in building the foundation for healthy choices throughout
life. Mountain Shadows Exceptional Kids offers nutritious meals that meet the
USDA guidelines. We will provide a healthy lunch, morning and afternoon snacks
to all children in attendance at the times identified in the daily schedule.

Mealtimes will include meaningful conversation and we will promote social
interaction, encourage good table manners and develop sound nutritional habits.

Creative Curriculum®

Creates an environment that supports learning through play and discovery in a
variety of interest centers.

There are 10 interest areas and within each interest area your child will learn
skills in literacy, math, physical science, life science, earth and environmental
science, social studies, art and technology. The interest areas include: blocks,
dramatic play, toys & games (manipulatives), art, library, discovery area, sand &
water, music & movement, cooking experience and outdoor play.

You may wonder how your child will learn skills in these different subjects from play in any particular interest area. We can exemplify this using the block center.
Wooden blocks naturally appeal to young children because they feel good to the touch, are symmetrical, and invite open-ended explorations. When children construct, create, and represent their experiences with blocks, they grow in each area of development.

Literacy

Literacy expands children’s vocabulary and language by talking about their buildings. Introduce new words (e.g., front-end loader, cylinder, arch) as they use blocks and props. Invite children to talk about their work (e.g., “Tell me about your building.” “Where do your cars go when they run out of gas?”).

Life Science

Expand children’s knowledge of life science by adding plastic or wooden animals so children can build animal homes such as farms, zoos, caves, or cages. Provide artificial plants and flowers to encourage children to create different animal habitats.

Math

Teach number concepts by suggesting that children put away blocks in sets (“Everyone take three blocks at a time to put away”). Ask number questions (“How many square blocks would you need to make one as long as this double- unit block?” “How could you divide up the ramps so each of you has the same number?”).

Physical Science

Encourage children to explore physical science by providing balance scales, pulleys, mirrors, and pipes. Take an interest in children’s explorations of blocks (e.g., how smooth they are, how heavy, which ones stand up best).

Earth and Environmental Science

Promote understanding of the earth and environment by providing telephone wires and pipes as props for building and talking about how electricity and water get into buildings. Include natural materials such as rocks, acorns, shells, pinecones, and twigs to use in buildings.

The Arts

Promote drama skills by encouraging children to use block structures as the setting for dramatic play. Provide props such as hats, empty food containers, or a steering wheel to use with hollow blocks. Nurture the visual arts by allowing time for children to create original designs and structures with blocks. Suggest that children draw pictures of their structures as a way of preserving them.

Social Studies

Encourage learning about spaces and geography by talking about roads children are making and where they go. Display maps and help children to figure out how to reproduce their neighborhood with blocks. Explore concepts related to people and how they live by learning about different stores and jobs in the neighborhood. Provide props that show people engaged in a range of jobs. Display books and pictures about how people live and work and talk with children about them.

Technology

Help children explore basic operations and concepts by including ramps, wheels, and pulleys. Talk with children about what makes a building stable. Provide technology tools for children to use to take pictures of block structures and display them. Help children to create building plans on the computer that they can recreate in the Block Area.