A Typical Day at Mary’s School House
One of the most important aspects of any home child care day, is structure. Our days are consistently structured without being boring. The children are kept busy with structured activities throughout the day. We have free play in between the academic activities of course too. There is very limited TV, what we do watch is usually educational.
A typical day at Mary's School House is very busy and ACTION packed with a combination of structured learning activities, free play, meals, naps, special days, celebrations and so much more! Yes, it's a ton of work for us providers but it's great fun for all and we know exactly how to encourage the children to learn while having fun at the same time.
We have developed creative ways to learn by using special days to learn in different ways. We create memorable days to help the children build positive memories and in turn, they associate the day of activities with something they have instinctively learned. We have special invited guests visit and share some of these guests are past students who are now adults.
Daily Schedule Varies
Our typical daily scheduled activity throughout the week includes specific periods of academics, organized outside play, art, music, reading, writing, etc. Although it can and does vary, see the below example of what our day might be like.
- 7:00 – 8:00am - Arrivals & quiet indoor play activities
- 8:30 – 9:00am - Breakfast served
- 9:00 – 9:30am - Clean up, bathroom & prepare for outdoor play
- 9:30 - 10:30am - Organized and free Outdoor Play
- 10:30 – 11:30am - Art / Music
- 11:30am – Noon - Lunch
- Noon to 2:00pm - Nap time
- 2:00 – 2:30pm - Snack time
- 2:30 – 3:30pm - Outdoor Play
- 3:30 to 5:30pm - Story Time, Free Play and Educational TV while waiting for child pick ups
We also invite special guests such as policemen, firemen, teachers, healthcare providers, a train engineer, Santa and Mrs Claus, the Easter bunny, super heros, actors such as Master Chef Jimmy and more. Some of our visitors are actually adults who were past children in our care. The visitors share and interact with the children, answering questions about what they do.
We are very fortunate to have close ties and relations within our Santa Clarita Valley community and it seems everyone loves spending time visiting with the children at Mary's Schoolhouse!
Curriculum Based On Years of Experience
Our curriculum is comprised of a variety of years of educational material. We teach letters, numbers, shapes, simple science, politeness, character development, and age appropriate skills. Children have an opportunity to work on their large and fine motor skills daily. Art projects are fun and displayed proudly. Some children learn how to read and write proficiently before they leave to Kindergarten. This is all done in a relaxed environment since all children develop and mature at different rates.