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Program

Hours/Scheduling options
5 full days per week 7:30 am - 5:30 pm M-F
4 full days per week 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
3 full days per week 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
2 full days per week 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

List of classes/age groups
Chipmunk Class: 12-24 month olds
Dragonfly Class: 2 year olds
Prairie Dog Class: 2-3 year olds
Roadrunner Class: 3-4 year olds
Lobo Class: 4-5 year olds

Daily Schedule

Sample daily schedule
The schedule for all GSC classes:

7:30 to 8:00 am Children arrive in transition room.

8:00 to 8:30 am Lead teachers and Assistant teachers arrive in the classroom and pick up children from the transition room.

8:30 to 9:00 am Breakfast is served in the classroom.
All children should arrive in their classroom prior to 9:00 am

9:00 to 9:15 am Morning Circle (varies in time).

9:15 to 10:15 am Free play time & project activities.

10:15 to 10:45 am Classroom clean-up and snack.

10:45 to 11:30 am Outside play.

11:30 to 12:30 pm Wash hands and eat lunch.
Chipmunks (12-24 months old class) eat lunch at 11:30 and nap at 12:00

12:30 to 2:30 pm Naptime / Quiet time

2:30 to 3:00 pm Wash hands and snack.

3:00 to 5:30 pm Free play, enrichment classes (yoga, woodworking, cooking, etc.).

Please note:
The daily schedule remains flexible according to needs of the individual teachers and children. Transitions during the day are kept to a minimum as frequent scheduling changes are disruptive to children. All children will stay in their assigned classroom throughout a school year unless the parent, teacher and director agree that a child is ready to advance to another classroom.

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Curriculum

Assessment Tool: Focused Portfolio

Garcia Street Club uses the "Focused Portfolio" process, which provides a framework for creating early childhood portfolios for each child. This process offers structure and guidance for teachers to create authentic assessments of the growth of young children ages birth to four years based on developmentally appropriate milestones. An authentic assessment is described as observing children in their natural environment which is not staged or controlled. Children are observed interacting, playing and engaging in activities. Teachers collect their documentation through children's photographs, anecdotes, and work samples and put together a visual account of each child's accomplishments.

Within each area of development milestones are met. Focuses Portfolio samples are collected throughout the year and presented during parent/teacher conferences. Conferences are held in the Fall and Spring to review children's progress. When children transition from one school year to the next, their focused portfolio will be shared with their new teacher as this is a useful tool for building a relationship with new students.

Each child's progress is assessed in the following areas of development:

    1. Thinking, Reasoning and Problem solving
    2. Emotional and Social Competency
    3. Language and Communication
    4. Gross Motor
    5. Fine Motor
    6. Reading & Writing
    7. Creativity

The Focused Portfolio presentation includes the following:

    • Samples of each area of development
    • Accomplished milestones and progress
    • Interests, favorite activities and friends
    • Milestones that your child is currently working toward
    • Questions and concerns
    • Parents and teachers plan curriculum goals for each child

Within our program, portfolios are used as a tool to implement challenging activities in the curriculum and to create an individualized plan for each child. This also promotes a means for open discussion about their child's growth and their needs. All portfolios are considered confidential and are only shared with family members and their teachers.

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Curriculum Philosophy

Program Curriculum: The Project Approach

Our school follows a Project Approach, which can be defined as follows:

"A project is an in-depth investigation of a topic worth learning more about. The investigation is usually undertaken by a small group of children in the class, sometimes by the whole class, and occasionally by an individual child. The key feature of the project is that it is a research effort deliberately focused on finding answers to questions about a topic posed either by the children, the teacher, or the teacher working with the children." (Katz 1994, p.1)

With the Project Approach, also called Integrative Curriculum, the topic emerges from the interest of the children. This approach invites children to pose questions that they wish to investigate. The teacher offers children the tools for this investigation: how to ask a question, how to do research (the teacher as researcher), how to conduct an investigation, how to plan, how to sustain interest in a topic, and how to problem solve.

Play is often the most efficient and natural vehicle for a child's learning process. The teacher understands this dynamic environment of learning, and is trained to facilitate the process by engaging in every domain of learning available to children such as language, social/emotional, gross and fine motor, physical/health, and cognitive (thinking, reasoning, problem solving).

Additional features of program:

    Muddy Feet Music Program
    Art
    Woodworking
    Large outdoor play area
    (bike path, climbing equipment, swings, sandboxes, slides, basketball court, picnic tables and gardens)

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Parent Involvement

We are a parent participation school. As educators we have discovered that children learn best when parents and teachers work closely together to create a warm, nurturing and stable learning environment. Occasionally, teachers will ask parents for assistance in the classroom such as volunteering to assist in the classroom with activities, field trips or projects.

Every family is encouraged to volunteer in one or more the following ways:

    1. Become a parent representative for your child's class
    2. Volunteer your time in the classroom or help with school improvement projects
    3. Become a member of the Board of Directors (one meeting per month)
    4. Join one of the following sub-committees and share your expertise in:
      a. Grant writing: Writing or researching grants
      b. Fundraising: Research and organize ways to raise money for the school
      c. Building & Grounds Maintenance: Help with various repairs, projects or maintenance jobs that help keep the school and its grounds clean and well-maintained
      d. Financial & Technology Support: Help with various budgeting or financial projects or help maintain website or troubleshoot technology issues.

Sign up to be a parent representative of your child's class by discussing it with their teacher.

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