A typical day at St. Stephen’s preschool includes a mix of social and academic activities, structured center play, and enrichment. For example, we offer music and movement every day, not just once a week or monthly.
Circle — theme and seasonal ideas
Centers may be teacher-directed or self-initiated and include:
- Science table
- Home living
- Blocks, large building toys
- Small muscle manipulatives
- Texture tables—water, sand, rice, beans
Art (creative process and directed)
Examples of enrichment activities include our “Rainbow Room,” Spanish, Social Skills, Brainy Bunch, Fall Festival, Dinosaur Museum, Air & Space Camp, Holiday Tea, Winter Wonderland, Construction Site, “Our Town” Post Office/Stop & Shop/Flower Shop/Candy Shop/Bakery, Multi-cultural restaurants, Buddy Night, and Spring Fling.
Music — songs, signing, rhythm instruments
Creative Movement — large muscle development, martial arts, yoga
Outdoor Learning — Seasonal celebrations with nature hikes for Halloween, Turkey Trail, Nursery Rhyme/Fairytale Hunt, Signs of Spring, Bunny Hop, and Peter Rabbit’s vegetable/herb/butterfly gardens. We also talk about being caregivers of God’s gifts in our wildlife habitat, registered with the National Wildlife Federation.
Snack — cooking experiences (allergy monitored)
Story Time — Puppets/Drama/Fingerplays, Feltboard games
Outdoor & Indoor Large Muscle Playtime
- Large privately fenced playground divided into 3 age level abilities
- Sports grassed area-soccer, volleyball, kick or T-ball
- Tricycle riding, sports stations, obstacle courses, climbing and game rooms