Typical Nursery Day
9:00-9:15 a.m. Device Check and Free Play During this part of the morning, our teachers encourage the children to explore the classroom, to learn to engage appropriately with toys and other children and to settle in for a full day. At the same time, they complete a listening check of each child’s device to ensure she has optimal access to sound. As the children get used to this part of the routine, the teachers begin something called a “Ling Sound Check.” They encourage each child to show awareness of isolated speech sounds (ah, ee, oo, mm, sss, shh) by throwing a block in a bucket, placing a puzzle piece or, in some cases, imitating a sound to show awareness. If a child’s ability to complete this task varies on any given day, a teacher can immediately consult with our audiology staff to correct any device malfunction.
9:15-9:45 Opening Circle Time and Story Opening circle time is full of songs and finger plays. It is through music and song that many children learn to listen to the rich, melodic aspects of speech and language. Even children with very little spoken language enjoy participating in favorites like “Old MacDonald” and “Where Is Thumbkin.” The songs, finger plays and morning story often relate directly to the theme of the week or month. We use story time to introduce new concepts or to reinforce language structures to be used later in the morning. The teachers bring stories to life with props and toys as they engage toddlers in the love of books!
9:45-11:00 Language Experiences and Snack Since we believe a child’s work is truly play, the most intense part of our morning stems from a “language experience.” You will see children actively engaged in authentic real life experiences. The thematic concepts we explore during our nursery class are all pulled straight from real life. They include themes such as “Time to Get Dressed,” “Planting and Gardening,” “Fun in the Kitchen” and “Mommy’s Little Helper.” Throughout the activities, the teacher uses language that helps each child move toward his individual goals for receptive (what he understands) and expressive (what he can say) language. Observing on a large TV screen, parents and caregivers see their children engaged in authentic experiences with language they can carry over at home.
11:00-11:30 MyGym and Diapering MyGym teachers join CID staff to teach games, songs, turn-taking and good manners – all while practicing balance, kicking, running, jumping, swinging and more! Since children in the nursery classes are at individual developmental stages of toileting, staff take care to keep everyone comfortable and dry!
11:30-11:45 Guided Developmental Play The teaching staff uses this time to allow the children to play with toys and with their peers while supporting their spoken language expression. Teachers model the language of play: “Can I have a turn? I want the ball. Uh-oh, the car is stuck! Ssshh. Night, night, Baby!” They also take language samples at this time. Language sampling, a written record of each child’s spoken utterance, enables our teachers to analyze the language structures the child uses most often. The practice provides information used to help direct planning for future play experiences.
11:45-12:00 Closing Circle Time This busy morning is wrapped up with a closing circle time. Once again we sing songs, and we say farewell to our friends. Children quickly learn their classmates’ names and head home singing their favorite school tune.