Preschoolers in this group continue to learn important skills through play with a purpose, child-directed and teacher-supported. They learn to play socially in a whole new way, creating complex and imaginative schemes with cooperation and shared goals, fostering language development and problem-solving skills while allowing them to rehearse and practice important cultural and social customs. Most of the children in this group are fully or partially potty-trained, and much more independent in many of their self-help skills. Finally, these children begin to focus more on early literacy skills, with a weekly “letter of the week” introduced and reinforced each day.
Rhinos generally follow this schedule:
7:00-9:00 – Drop-off, free play, and table activities
9:00-9:30 – Morning snack
9:30-10:00 – Morning circle time
10:00-11:00 – Gross motor outdoors (weather permitting) or in atrium
11:00-11:45 – Theme circle time and themed table activities
11:45-12:15 – Lunch
12:15-12:45 – Quiet books and potty
12:45-2:45 – Nap and quiet books
3:00-3:30 – Afternoon snack
3:30-6:00 – Free play outdoors (weather permitting), table activities, and pick-ups
The Rhinos class generally has 14-18 children and 3 teachers.