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Laboratory Preschool

PreK – 4’s & 3’s

Our PreK program is a mixed age program for 4 year olds and older 3 year olds. It meets Monday – Thursday 8:45am-2:00pm and Friday 8:45am-12:00pm.


8:45-9:15 Arrivals/Gross Motor-Indoors and Outside

9:20-9:45 Table top activities – (Math/Fine Motor Activities)

9:45-10:10 Morning Meeting – (Greetings, Calendar, Songs, Weather,

Jobs, Question Box)

10:15-10:30 Snack-menu posted outside classroom door.

10:30-11:45 Free Choice

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:00 Outside

1:10-1:30 Read Aloud

1:30-1:50 Writers Workshop/Read Aloud Enrichment Activity

1:50-2:00 Wrap up on Carpet

The sequence of our day, with few exceptions, will remain consistent. Times, however, will be adjusted to match the needs, activities, interests and rhythms of the children. Arrival and departure times will remain constant.


The primary focus of this program is on helping children develop the skills needed to become productive members of a learning community who feel competent in their abilities and who approach learning with eagerness and curiosity.

At this stage, children are learning to play more cooperatively with each other. Because playing with friends involves more planning and compromise, a new set of social interaction skills is needed.

To support these developing skills, much time and attention is given to providing opportunities for all children to develop and sustain ongoing positive relationships with teachers and peers, assisting children in developing problem-solving skills and on helping children learn to play cooperatively.

Teachers facilitate this development by offering suggestions and working with children to solve problems, providing props, modeling ways of interacting, interpreting children’s needs and feelings to each other, and offering comfort and support when play attempts are not successful.  Although children at this age are learning to interact in ways that are more sophisticated and, for the most part, choose to engage with other children, time and space is also provided for playing independently and in less structured ways.

Children are intrigued with new ideas and new discoveries. Our teachers share their excitement – encouraging children to question, explore and develop theories about the world around them.  Most importantly, they learn by doing – talking, writing, listening, reading, exploring, manipulating and interacting with materials and concepts. We encourage them to explore the various learning domains, such as language and literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, physical development and health.

By offering both planned and spontaneous learning experiences developed around a child’s interests, their emerging skills are fostered and nurtured  – thus helping children to develop the skills, dispositions, and concepts needed for ongoing school success.


Laboratory Preschool  •  459 Wyoming Road  •  Newark, DE 19716  •  USA
Phone: 302-831-2304  •  E-mail: labpreschool@udel.edu  •  ©2012