Orange Owls

Classroom Description

The last stop before graduation is the Orange Owls classroom. This program focuses on making sure the Owls are full of the wisdom and skills necessary for Kindergarten. As the children continue through our preschool program, the ability to communicate with each other and as a team, flourishing academic skills, and social awareness are keys to success as they enter their “big school” career. We strive for all these boxes checked before we walk across the stage with our graduation caps. Orange Owls classroom is licensed for 20 children and runs with a 7:1 child to teacher ratio.

Developmental Goals & Objectives

Our full-day pre-k program is a play-based program that engages the children in a variety of hands-on activities designed to prepare them for kindergarten. Our Orange Owls classroom is licensed for twenty children. Some of the developmental goals and objectives that we work towards in the Orange Owls classroom are: 

  • Managing feelings (controlling emotions in an appropriate manner)
  • Taking responsibility for one’s own well-being (taking care of personal belongings, waiting his/her turn during a game)
  • Interacting with peers building positive relationships (entering easily into ongoing group play and playing cooperatively)
  • Initiating sharing materials
  • Demonstrating complex traveling and balancing skills (running smoothly, galloping or skipping with ease, hopping on one foot and then the other)
  • Comprehending language (responding appropriately to complex statements, questions, vocabulary and stories)
  • Following detailed, instructional, multi-step directions
  • 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 Bailey

Title: Lead Teacher - Orange Owls
Experience: Miss Bailey is our Orange Owls leader and has worked at Kid Country since 2010. She has an associate’s degree from Joliet Junior College, focusing on early childhood education and Level 4 Early Childhood Education and Level 1 Directors credentials from the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Professional Development system.

Classroom Statistics

Classroom Licensed Child:Teacher
Orange Owls 20 children 7:1