Preschool Care

Preschool Care Program

Our preschool program prepares your preschooler for Kindergarten and beyond through a mix of fun activities promoting fine and gross motor skill development and independence.

We encourage children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Your preschool child will experience music, dance, rhythm, art, science, math, literacy, dramatic play, and more.  We teach preschool children good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves, which will make a difference throughout their lives.

Areas of development include social, emotional, cognitive, and physical.  Teachers create weekly lesson plans with specific activities which will be posted in the classroom regularly and included in the monthly calendar with themes for the week so you can incorporate the themes into daily life at home.

Our preschool classes are divided into Preschool I and Preschool II classes based on age and development level.  Below is a sample preschool class schedule to help you understand what your child will experience throughout the day at Northwoods Child Development Center.

  • 6:30 – 8:20am:  Arrival.  Free choice and story telling, songs, games, and relays
  • 8:20am:  Breakfast.  Independent habits are promoted
  • 9:00am:  Circle time including calendar, weather, show and tell, and songs
  • 9:20am:  Outside play and gross motor development activities followed by personal care time (washing hands, potty break)
  • 10:15am:  Unit activity and learning centers
  • 11:20am: Lunch and transitions
  • 12:15pm: Story time
  • 12:30 – 2:30pm: Quiet time and nap time
  • 2:30pm: Snack
  • 3:00pm:  Mixture of enrichment activities, outside play, gross motor development activities and play
  • 5:30pm:  Child is picked up by parent and provided with notes on how the day went

Our preschool schedule is adjusted as needed based on the needs of the children.  Here are some examples of each activity.

  1. Unit activity is a craft, project or experience which correlates to the theme designated on the class calendar.
  2. Free play includes such activities as water play, painting, dress up, puzzles, books, play-dough, sand table, housekeeping, blocks, cars and trucks, and manipulatives.
  3. Enrichment activity is an experience which enhances the morning unit/theme activity.