Classrooms

The Open Center for Children has two classrooms: the Green Room for children from 2.3 to 3.3 years and the Blue Room for children 3.4 through 5 years of age. The center’s curriculum is designed around a vision that addresses the guidelines, criteria and objectives to meet both state and national requirements. The curriculum is also designed to help children develop the tools necessary for living in a diverse world where the ability to settle disputes peacefully is increasingly important.

The Open Center uses the Creative Curriculum, a comprehensive system approved for national accreditation, to develop appropriate learning experiences for both the younger and older preschool classrooms. In addition, teachers and program staff utilize the Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences, criteria from NAEYC accreditation, and topics that arise from the children’s interests to establish and maintain a quality program.

Our primary concern is to provide a safe, caring, and responsive environment where children’s social and emotional development is supported by a nurturing and well-trained staff. The center has areas for small motor activities (writing, math, puzzles, science etc.), large-motor activities (balance beam, basketball, Big Blocks, etc.), sensory play, dramatic play, quiet reading spaces, and art and creative expression.

Green Room

  • Age Range: 2 years, 3 months to 3 years, 3 months; the ages vary a bit from year to year in order to create a balanced classroom
  • Number of Children: 9
  • Number of Staff: 2

Class Goals

Our Green Room is designed to guide the youngest children's learning in a safe, nurturing environment. Teachers support growing independence and help children develop self-confidence by providing opportunities for classroom jobs such as putting away materials, setting up snack and pouring milk. They guide children in developing the social skills needed to identify their own feelings, share, take turns, enter in play with other children and to resolve conflicts peacefully. Additionally, the children’s ability to communicate is enhanced by developing active listening and expressive language skills. Children also enjoy free play with blocks and in dramatic play, allowing their creativity and imagination to flourish. Teachers facilitate opportunities for children to engage in reading, listening and speaking using singing, poems and finger plays.

Typical Day

The times are approximate; the order of activities is the same from day to day

  • 8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast; some areas of the classroom are open
  • 9:00 - 9:15 Group Meeting
  • 9:15 - 9:45 Choice Time
  • 9:45 - 10:30 Bathroom / Snack
  • 10:45 - 11:45 Outdoor Activities / yoga once a week / nature club once a month
  • 11:45 - 12:45 Bathroom /Lunch / Bathroom
  • 1:00 - 2:30 Stories / Rest Time
  • 2:30 - 3:00 Bathroom / Quiet Activities
  • 3:00 - 3:30 Snack
  • 3:30 - 4:30 Music / Outdoor Activities
  • 4:30 - 5:30 Stories / pick-up

Blue Room

  • Age Range: 3 years, 4 months through 5 years old
  • Number of Students: up to 20
  • Number of Teachers: 4

Class Goals

Our focus is to give children the opportunity to learn through play in a loving, caring environment. Children develop social and language skills as they learn about their own feelings and those of their friends, sharing, taking turns and resolving conflicts peacefully. Days are filled with busy exploration, investigation and discoveries. Children express themselves through art, music and movement. They develop math and number skills using age-appropriate materials to organize, sort, count, build and sequence. In the Blue Room children explore science as they learn about weather, cooking, nature and seasonal activities. They develop motor skills and coordination while running, jumping, hopping, skipping, throwing and catching at the park. Children use their growing literacy skills during shared readings, reading groups and journal writing. A print-rich environment helps to foster a love of reading and provides the children with opportunities to practice literacy skills in real-life situations. Teacher’s guide children’s experiences through books, stories, games, projects and songs based on curriculum themes in both whole group and small group settings.

Typical Day

The times are approximate; the order of activities is the same from day to day

  • 8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast; some areas of the classroom are open
  • 9:00 - 9:15 Group Meeting
  • 9:15 - 9:45 Choice Time
  • 9:45 - 10:30 Bathroom / Snack
  • 10:45 - 11:45 Outdoor Activities / yoga one day a week and nature club twice a month
  • 11:45 - 12:45 Bathroom /Lunch / Bathroom
  • 1:00 - 2:30 Stories / Rest Time
  • 2:30 - 3:00 Bathroom / Quiet Activities
  • 3:00 - 3:30 Snack / Music
  • 3:30 - 4:30 Outdoor Activities
  • 4:30 - 5:30 Stories / pick-up