Blue Gills

Classroom Description

If time is of the essence, the Blue Gills program is a perfect fit. This mixed 3 and 4 year old preschool program runs from 9am to 12pm. While only here a short period of time, the curriculum is jam-packed with pre-kindergarten preparation. Focusing on social skills, children are learning how to be a contributing part of a group. When that first day of Kindergarten rolls around, these children are beyond ready to continue learning new skills. Blue Gills classroom is licensed for 20 children and runs with a 7:1 child to teacher ratio.

Developmental Goals & Objectives

Our Blue Gills program is three-hour per day preschool program for children that do not need childcare services. This program is a mixed group of three- and four-year-old children engaging in a variety of play-based activities to prepare them for kindergarten, along with a focus on the social skills appropriate for this age. We are licensed for twenty children in this classroom. Some of the developmental goals and objectives that we work towards in the Orange Owls classroom are: 

  • Managing classroom rules, routines, and transitions
  • Managing feelings (controlling emotions in an appropriate manner)
  • Demonstrating concern about the feelings of others (hugging a crying child, getting an adult to assist a child who needs help)
  • Taking responsibility for one’s own well-being (taking care of personal belongings, waiting his/her turn during a game)
  • Demonstrating complex traveling and balancing skills (running smoothly, galloping or skipping with ease, hopping on one foot and then the other)
  • Using refined wrist and finger movements (cutting with scissors along a straight line, buttoning, zipping, buckling, and lacing, turning knobs to open doors)
  • Telling stories about objects, events, and other times and places with logical order and details
  • Comprehending language (responding appropriately to complex statements, questions, vocabulary and stories)
  • Attending and engaging (continuing the play about going to a restaurant after the teacher offers a menu)
  • Thinking symbolically (drawing or constructing an item and then identifying what it is)
  • Interacting during read-aloud and book conversations (asking and answering questions, referring to pictures)
  • Showing flexibility and inventiveness in thinking (changing plans if a better idea is thought of or proposed)
  • Engaging in sociodramatic play (interacting with two or more children assigning roles and discussing actions)
  • Identifying and naming 10 - 20 letters
  • Showing awareness of print: letters, words, spaces, upper and lower case letters, some punctuation (saying “that means stop reading” as he points to a period at the end of a sentence)

Daily Schedules

This is a sample of a typical day in the preschool and pre-k classrooms. Children will be required to wash their hands when they arrive at the Center, before and after eating, after playing outdoors, and after they use the restroom.

  • 6:00 am – 7:30 am Learning Centers
  • 7:30 am – 8:00 am Breakfast
  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am Learning Centers
  • 9:00 am – 9:15 am Morning Circle – plan activities for the day
  • 9:15 am – 10:15 am Learning Centers
  • 10:15 am – 10:25 am Story Time
  • 10:25 am – 10:40 am Snack
  • 10:40 am – 11:25 am Outdoor Play
  • 11:25 am – 11:35 am Music and Movement
  • 11:35 am – 11:45 am Circle – recap the morning
  • 11:45 am – 12:00 pm Prepare for lunch
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Lunch
  • 12:30 pm – 12:45 pm Story Time
  • 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm Rest
  • 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Snack
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Learning Centers
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Outdoor Play
  • 5:00 pm – 5:20 pm Story Time
  • 5:20 pm – 6:00 pm Choice of Quiet Activities

Miss Rhonda

Title: Lead Teacher - Blue Gills
Experience: Miss Rhonda leads our Blue Gills program and has been employed at Kid Country since 2005. She holds an associate’s degree in early childhood education, along with holding a Level 1 Illinois Director Credential and a Level 4 Early Childhood Credential from the Gateways to Opportunity Illinois Professional Development System.

Classroom Statistics

Classroom Licensed Child:Teacher
Blue Gills 20 children 7:1