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Children at the preschool age love to explore and learn new things. They enjoy participating in dramatic play and sensory pay, using their imaginations and developing their motor skills as they grow more independent each day.

A great deal of thought and effort goes into preschool education. Learning is enhanced through a variety of classrooms, designed with childhood exploration in mind. Our art program brings out the creative side in preschoolers of all ages. We love to bring the outdoors into our classroom and also bring our classroom outdoors to expand children’s imaginative play.

The preschool teachers care about your preschooler’s learning development, health and social integration. Your preschooler’s teacher is responsible for the care and education of your child and is supported by a team that includes a float teacher, the entire staff of early childhood educators, housekeepers, kitchen staff and the director.

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Roxanne Zick

Classroom: Green and Red Room ~ Float Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 3 on Wisconsin Registry for Early Childhood Professionals, 4 hour Nutrition and Food Service Training

Experience: Family Childcare Provider 2001 – 2015

Professional Statement: Growing up I was always told I would make a great teacher. Unfortunately it was not my first choice after high school. I felt that life had a greater calling for me which got me started in childcare. Since then I have not looked back and those who told me I would make a great teacher were right. I love nurturing and watching children grow and develop and that moment when they are able to do it all by themselves can not be replicated. Each day is a new day filled with endless possibilities in the eyes of a child.

Sara Lewis

Classroom: Red Room ~ 3 and 4 yr. old Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 4 on Wisconsin Registry for Childcare Professionals

Experience: Started Teaching 2013 and came to By Leaps and Bounds March 2013

Professional Statement: I love coming into work knowing that every day is going to be filled with something different. Each child has their own personality and I enjoy watching them excel and become independent.

Sandy Richmond

Classroom: Red Room ~ 3 and 4 yr. old Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 4 on Wisconsin Registry for Childcare Professionals

Experience: Started Teaching 2003 and came to By Leaps and Bounds May 2003

Professional Statement: I love to watch our preschoolers find their independence and become self-sufficient. Every day is a new adventure waiting to be discovered. I love the great outdoors!!


Our goal is to have every child’s day filled with learning experiences while meeting the needs of each child’s individual development. We have combined some of the best curriculum to deliver an all encompassing learning experience.

Our curriculum provides teachers with the opportunity to teach to a child’s individual needs. It encompasses learning style preferences, multiple intelligences, thematic approach, developmental domain; which includes; cognitive, communication, social emotional; and developing small and large motor skills.

Assessments and Parent Conferences

We believe that assessing individual and group progress is the key to planning programs that respond to the needs, interests and abilities of children in any classroom.. With ongoing assessment, our teachers can focus on all aspects of a child’s development. At the beginning of the school year curriculum goals and objectives are set in place and re-visited throughout the school year, particularly in the spring and fall when the teachers are doing individual evacuations for their students. Parents may request a formal conference if they would like to discuss their son or daughter’s evaluation with the teachers. Staff are also willing to meet with parents throughout the year.

Program Curriculum

Our curriculum brings an environmental approach to learning through daily exploration. This allows children to learn through exploring the world around them through creative centers. Teachers provide child-guided instruction in centers including blocks, house area, table toys, art, sand, water, library corner, music and movement, cooking, and the outdoors. The curriculum’s foundation is based on the belief that children learn through play.

Story Time/Quiet Area

Develops a strong foundation for early literacy in children through highly interactive and event oriented reading processes. It focuses on language and teaches children the beginning techniques of reading. Each book, finger play and flannel story provides visual art, language development and engages children in active communication.

Music and Movement

Music and movement takes place throughout the day. It is an integral part of circle time, transitions, free play and story time. It enhances language development, rhyming, hand-eye coordination, musical tones and introduction of simple instruments brings a smile to every child as they create their own music. Music has the potential to expand children’s creativity and promote early learning skills.

Singing Times

Allows young children the opportunity to expand their world through the art of communicating and using their own unique voice. Each child is encouraged to express his or her unique vocal sound to inspire their individual creativity. Singing can be silly, fun and a wonderful way for children to express their creativity in a safe nurturing environment.

Dramatic Play

We place a priority on giving children several opportunities for dramatic play during the day. Dramatic play is central to children’s healthy development and learning during the preschool years. The children explore a large number of themed play areas that change throughout the year; house area, dress up, restaurants, medical and vet clinics, pets and many others thematic units to expand their imagination. Their young minds are full of imagination and real life role playing..

Large Motor and Block Area

Non gender specific cars, trucks, trains, planes and farm play equipment for physical and social role play. Coincides with dramatic play through the use of role playing on a farm, construction site, airport, community and emergency situations.

and so much more… Blocks of all types, sizes and colors to construct, manipulate, design and build to develop children’s imagination and eye hand coordination. Children are always so proud of something they have built themselves or with a group of friends. What a wonderful way to build self esteem.

Emergent Handwriting

This uses multi-sensory techniques for early drawing, letter building and recognition to teach handwriting to children of preschool age.  Instruction begins by first introducing and reinforcing the pincer (proper grip for holding a writing instrument) before moving into letter formation.   Handwriting reinforces the child’s self image and portrait. Those beginning scribbles, lines and shapes have put them on the path to become emergent writers.

Beginning Letters and Early Language

Through storytelling, finger plays and flannel board stories teachers will encourage children to develop their language skills through repetition and conversation. These are crucial tools to give children the opportunity to express themselves using language.

Early Math

Is incorporated daily into our curriculum. Math helps children make sense of the world round them, develops reasoning and problem solving skills. Math activities include learning to count, sorting objects (toys, classroom materials and small manipulative objects), recognizing patterns and learning how to graph favorites. A favorite time to graph is in the fall when the children are sampling different varieties of apples and can visual see/read the graph to learn how many friends liked a particular type of apple.

Sorting and early counting are integral throughout children’s early learning experiences. We use everyday classroom materials that children are familiar with to teach sorting and beginning number concept recognition. Small motor development is improved when as we bring out the play dough and work with our hands to expand these concepts.

Early Social Studies

The scope and sequence begins by learning “All About Me” at the start of each school year and continues to expand out of the formation of friends and bonds with other children. It also involves learning how the decision making process works in a group setting. It covers development of social skills, personal responsibility, sharing, cooperation, dealing with emotions, accepting differences between people, and learning a sense of community and responsibility to the community.

Science and Sensory

Science is taught through observation and hands on activities. The children explore the world around them using cause and effect experiments throughout daily learning experiences within their indoor and outdoor classrooms. They discover texture, explore with their five senses, chart observations, and measure sensory objects and materials. Children also learn to care for living things in their environment. They enjoy the process of growing a vegetable garden and eating the fruits of their labor each summer.


Teachers encourage the children’s art awareness, appreciation, and ability by supporting open ended art projects to expand their imaginations and creativity. Children are more likely to take ownership of an art project when it is not cookie cutter or processed art.   Children imagine, design and explore art through a wide variety of artist materials and techniques. We celebrate the children’s art work as “unique to them”.   Art is incorporated on a daily basis into the classroom lesson plan, whether it is painting with brushes, sponges, twigs, water colors, sand mixed in paint for texture, or drawing a picture of an object; children learn that all of their creations are pieces of beauty.

Outdoor Adventures and Play Experiences

Children have ample time several times each day to play and explore the great outdoors on an age appropriate and well equipped play ground designed specifically for preschool exploration and open ended adventures and play. Teachers guide simple games and basic physical movement . Children learn balance, flexibility, hopping, skipping and coordination through daily play activities. Movement and physical stimulation actually improve focus, concentration, problem solving, speech, language, reading, writing and social emotional maturity.


Sample Schedule

6:30-8:30         *First 2 hours of Operation         Classrooms Combine Mixed Age Groups for Early Arrivals

6:30-8:45                        Creative Centers

  • Dramatic Play
  • Science / Sensory Play
  • Manipulative Play
  • Emergent Reading/Quiet Area
  • Large Motor/Block Area

8:45-9:00                        Rest Room Break/Hand Washing/Transition to Morning Snack

9:00-9:20                        Morning Snack

9:20-9:30                        Clean Up and Transition to Circle Time

9:30-10:00                      Circle Time

  • Calendar and Weather
  • Letter of the Week
  • Songs (favorites and theme related)
  • Story Time (theme related)
  • Finger Plays/Puppets (theme related)
  • Flannel Board Stories (theme related)
  • Music and Movement

10:00-10:30                    Art Activity

10:30-11:45                    Creative Learning Centers (theme related)

  • Science and/or Sensory Play
  • Dramatic Play/Social Studies
  • Manipulative Play
  • Music and Movement
  • Early Math Skills
  • Early Science Skills
  • Early Literacy Skills

10:30-10:35                    Transition to Outdoor Play/Community Walk/Nearby Park

10:30-11:45                    Outdoor Play/Activities/Learning/Physical and Social Play

11:45-12:00                    Transition Indoors/Restroom Break/Hand Washing/Transition to Lunch

12:00-12:30                    Homemade Lunch (prepared on site)

12:30-12:45                    Restroom Break/Hand Washing

12:45-1:00                      Relaxation Time/Prepare for Nap/ Transition to Rest Time/Quiet Reading

1:00-3:00                        Rest Time/Quiet Time

245-3:00                        Restroom Break/Hand Washing/Transition to Afternoon Snack

3:10-3:40                        Afternoon Snack/Story Time/Letter of the Day/Hand Washing

3:40-3:45                        Transition to Outdoor Play

3:45-4:30/5:00                Outdoor Play (weather permitting)

3:45-4:30/5:00                Indoor Play

  • Creative Learning Center
  • Creative Table Activities
  • Thematic Activities
  • Manipulative Play
  • Learning Table Activities

4:30/5:00-6:00                Creative Centers/Thematic Activities/ Table Activities/Manipulative Play

5:00-6:00                        Multi Age Focus Boxes/Quiet Reading and Activities

4:00-6:00      *Last 2 Hours of OperationDD Classrooms Combine Mixed Age Groups for Late Departures