Happy Face Room (3 – 4 years)

Happy FaceWELCOME TO THE HAPPY FACE ROOM!

Teaching Staff: Regina B., Sarah T., Rhondisha W.

We look forward to getting to know you and your child. Our goal for children in the Happy Face room is to provide an environment that’s fun and challenging and aids in their development. Happy Face kids are becoming more self sufficient and are eager to try new things. We provide a variety of experiences for them that will help to reinforce their mastery of skills and encourage them to grow. We will be doing more reading and more activities with letters and numbers to make sure they are getting ready for kindergarten. We know you’ll enjoy the change in your child as s/he begins to feel “bigger” and more “grown up.”

We are eager to partner with you to provide the best experience for your child. If you have any suggestions, questions or concerns please feel free to talk to any of the staff or call anytime during the day. We need your help if we are going to provide the very best care for your child.

Things to bring:

  • A blanket to be left at the center for nap time. If your child has a special blanket s/he needs to take home daily, let us know. Otherwise blankets will be sent home every Friday to be washed.
  • A change of clothes. This includes socks, underwear, pants and a shirt.
  • Warm clothes for outdoor play. We try to go outside almost every day. Please bring boots, hats, mittens and snow pants so your child can enjoy the Minnesota winter. Remember to label all your child’s extra and outdoor clothes.

Happy FaceThings to leave home:

  • Food. Unless your child is on a special diet please don’t bring food to school. We will provide that.
  • Toys. Children will be allowed to bring toys from home when we have a Show and Tell day. We can’t guarantee to keep track of toys, so please don’t bring anything too valuable.

Lesson Plans

Lesson plans are posted outside the classroom door. They are changed weekly.

Medication

We are not permitted to give your child medication without a doctor’s permission. This includes over- the-counter medications such as cough syrups or Tylenol. If your child has a prescription medication, please bring the medicine in the original container and fill out a medicine dispensing permit.

Visiting

Parents are always welcome to visit any of the rooms at CCCC. Please keep in mind that “good-byes” at this age may be hard for your child. Staying a little longer some mornings or coming in earlier in the evening and seeing some of the activities may be easier for you child than saying good-bye twice.

Discipline

We’ve found that if we keep the children engaged in activities we have fewer problems with behavior. When problems do occur we intervene by:

  1. Restructuring the environment
  2. Redirecting a child’s focus
  3. Giving the child the appropriate language and helping them to work out their problems.

If you have any questions, please ask!

Happy Face Daily Schedule

Time Activity Skill developing
6:30-7:30 Welcome in Happy Face Room, Prosocial behavior, sense of self
7:30-8:30 Breakfast, free play—small motor, computer,art Social, physical, self help,small motor, symbolic thinking
8:30-9:00 Large Group—discussion, reading,songs Language and Literacy, Cognitive, self concept
9:00-10:00 Small group activities—language, math, science, writing activities Cognitive, small motor, language, symbolic thinking
10:00-10:30 Free play Sense of self, cognitive
10:30-11:00 Large Group—numbers, names, calendar, songs & fingerplays Cognitive, self concept
11:00-11:45 Outside/gym/large muscle time Responsibility for self and others
11:45-12:00 Toileting, prepare for lunch
12:00-12:30 Lunch Physical, gross motor development,Self help skills
12:30-1:00 Quiet time, prepare for rest, toileting, books Social skills, physical development, literacy
1:00-3:00 Nap Time Self help, physical development
2:00-3:00 Non-nap room—quiet activities
3:00-3:15 Toileting Physical Development, social skills
3:15-3:45 Free play Sense of self, cognitive,small motor
3:45-4:15 Snack, clean up Self help, physical development
4:15-5:15 Outside/Gym time Physical development,social
5:15-6:00 Art, small motor activities, goodbye Cognitive,Social,language skills
10am events Monday—Dancersize,  Wednesday—Music