Teachers work in teams and as a center-wide faculty each week to design curriculum that responds to the needs and interests of their children. We use the developmental domains identified in the RI Early Learning Standards as the basis for our on-going assessments, and we design activities involving dramatic play, sensory activities, writing, scientific experiments, dance, music, mathematical concepts, cooking, walking field trips, and many more that engage students with content that engages them. In addition, our teachers meet weekly in curriculum meetings, social/emotional development meetings, and planning meetings to determine appropriate responses to the individual, emergent needs of each child.
Children participate independently, with the entire group and cooperatively in small groups. Each day is balanced with free-choice time and planned, structured activities in specific time blocks. Activities throughout the day are either child-initiated or teacher-directed. This variety promotes independence, provides opportunities for children to practice and acquire social skills and fosters the development of a positive self-image. Acquisition of prosocial behaviors permeates our program. Our staff is devoted to using natural and planned opportunities to help children develop problem-solving skills, to learn the importance and experience the benefits of cooperation and to create a true sense of community.
Brown/Fox Point is open Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 5:30pm, for fifty weeks per year. (Although we are open ten hours daily, we recommend that a child spend no more than 9 hours per day at the Center.) We are closed on most state and federal holidays, for the last week of August, and between Christmas and New Years.
The daily schedule that is outlined below is a general guideline of school-wide practices. The schedule in individual classrooms may vary. Each class has a daily schedule posted.
7:30 – 9:30: Children arrive at the Center with a parent or guardian and go to the appropriate classroom. Learning centers are open for free play and breakfast is available until 9:00.
9:30 – 10:00: Children and teachers sit at circle time as a group to discuss the past day’s events, to plan for the current day, and to discuss issues that have emerged in the classroom and can benefit from group discussion, writing, or drawing.
10:00 – 12:00: Outdoor play and center time.
Brown/Fox Point has a wonderful outdoor play area in which the children develop their gross and fine motor skills, collaborate, work out conflicts, and explore the world around them. Brown/Fox Point children are also great travelers, taking the RIPTA trolleys throughout the city and walking to different area parks, work places, and sights.
Center time features developmentally appropriate small group activities, both teacher-directed and child-initiated, that are planned in accordance with the Center’s overall philosophy. Center time provides an opportunity for cooperative and independent learning within a developmentally supportive structure. Centers may include art, blocks, science and nature, books, writing, math, sensory tables, dramatic play and music.
12:00 – 1:30: Lunch. The Center provides a nutritious lunch every day; menus are made available each month. After lunch, children do things to wind down in preparation for rest, including relaxation exercises, outdoor play, and stories.
1:30 – 3:00: Rest time. All children are encouraged to bring a soft rest toy and some bedding from home to go on their center-provided cots or mats. Children rest quietly with dimmed lights and soft music.
3:00 – 3:30: Snack. Following rest, children awaken to a nutritious snack and drink.
3:30 – 5:30: Free choice. The final two hours – during which most children are picked up by their parents or guardians – are usually a flexible time that includes learning centers, games, stories, dancing, and outdoor play.