A Typical Day at Hopewell Preschool
A typical day at preschool includes free play, circle time/story time, art activities and snack time. Following is an example of our AM program:
- 9:00-9:15 Free Play and Table top activities
- 9:15-9:30 Circle Time- flag, calendar, weather
- 9:30-10:10 Centers – math, science, cooking; - development of fine motor skills
- 10:15-10:40 Snack and bathroom break
- 10:40-10:55 Circle Time – Bible story, show and tell (Wed. is music class)
- 10:55-11:20 Large Motor Playtime in Family Life Center
- 11:20-11:30 Prepare for dismissal
Special Activities and Programs
Rosie Ranck, our Nature teacher, provides programs for children about the environment and God’s creation. About five times a year, classes are brought to a special room where animals may visit or children are invited to plant a seed or a flower. Our outdoor amphitheater and our Outdoor Classroom provide lovely places for nature walks on our own grounds."Green spaces may enable children to think more clearly and cope more effectively with life stress" Nancy Wells , Professor at NY State College
Lunch Bunch is held from 11:30 - 12:30 which allows children to stay an hour after the morning session or come an hour early to the afternoon session. Six week Spanish Classes are held on six consecutive Fridays two times a year with Michele Zincone one of our teachers who has a Spanish Degree.
In-House Field Trips
Special guest and presenters are brought in from East Brandywine Fire Department and Elmwood Park Zoo. Other guests include our own church members who read to the children, as well as parents who work in the dental or medical fields, offering instruction about healthy habits
Opportunities are provided each month for the preschool children to bring in supplies and gifts for people in need. In September this year we collected School supplies for an Urban Ministry in Coatesville. In October we will be collecting items for a preschool in South Africa. Each year in November, the preschool children participate in Operation Christmas Child by filling shoeboxes for children all over the world. All of these experiences help the children understand the importance of serving and caring for others and living out the Christian Faith.
Parents are invited in to the classroom on occasion to help with a special project or party. Through out the year, parents are cordially invited to special events where children may perform a short play or some songs. Including families in the preschool experience is an important part of our mission at HCP.
Once a month, children are brought into our Sanctuary to experience a short and child-friendly chapel time. One of our pastors will join the children to help lead the opening call to worship. Props, puppets and large flannel boards are used to capture and keep children’s attention and make worship a fun and lively experience.
Weekly classes are held for children in a large classroom just for music. A monthly Bible verse is put to music for the whole school to learn. Music includes lots of active songs where children march, jump, hop and move around. Rhythm instruments and colored bells are age-appropriate ways for children to explore new ways to make beautiful music together.
The church kitchen is available for special cooking projects for children and teachers to try something creative (and often messy!) Cookies, puddings and special treats are enjoyed by children and staff as children learn lessons in math and science along the way.