PRESCHOOL & CHILDCARE “Where Children Learn and Grow” The Sacramento Bee Article2.pdf

(916) 681-5008

Serving Elk Grove Since 1990

LIC. # SAC 51335 FCCH

Butterfly Garden Awarded NAFCC Accreditation Credential - Butterfly Garden Childcare Acknowledged by Sacramento County for providing quality services for children and families.

7:15-7:45 a.m. Morning Greeting

Children are welcomed and begin their morning with a health-check and have the opportunity to engage in small group activities. During this time, parents have the chance to communicate any important information with us.


8:00 a.m. Breakfast

Children and staff share in a nutritious breakfast while participating in family-style meal practice in a relaxed setting. Concepts of nutrition are shared along with daily planning during this time of conversation.


8:15-8:45 a.m. Planning Time/Computer Learning

At planning time, we encourage the children to talk about what they plan to do during the day.  This form of plan, do & recall, is part of our High Scope 58 key concepts curriculum.   We also share messages and conduct literacy activities, felt stories, math, music and calendar work.  For families who promote computer learning, we offer a computer learning program for children 3 years and up. We provide Lakeside Learning materials for teaching rhyming, beginning and ending sounds, phonics and more.  


8:45-10:25 a.m. Work Time

Hands-on learning activities are offered promoting exploration and experimentation.  Some of the many activities offered are sensory, counting, sorting, math building skills, dramatic play, early stages of writing, art block play, and puzzles.


10:25-11:30 a.m. Outside Time

Children may participate in nature and gardening activities, woodworking, sensory exploration, messy and creative art, as well as water-play. We also encourage the children to develop their muscle groups through offering coordination and balance building materials. Climbing, bike riding, and ball play is included.


11:30-12:00 noon Recall/Wash Up


Children engaged in a recall time while reflecting on their work and play. They are asked open-ended questions relating to their learning experiences such as, “Tell me about your picture and why did that block tower fall down—how do you think you would build it next time?”  This time is also used for building a healthy routine including hand washing before lunch time.

12:00-2:30 p.m. Lunch/Rest Time

We follow USDA Food Program guidelines providing well-balanced family-style meals.  Quiet  music is used for calming during our rest period. Children use nap cots, and cribs for resting time. Older children are encouraged to read silently, or relax until this rest period ends.


2:30-3:00 p.m. Literary/Math/Snack


After rest, the children are offered a nutritious and well-balanced snack. We also use this time as an opportunity to allow the children to use many fruits, and vegetables and whole foods for counting and classifying. Conversation and story time occurs during this time of snack.


3:00-4:15 p.m. Outside Activities


We provide structured, planned and research based activities such as ground walnut shells or play dough for sensory integration. We offer sandbox play, which encourages cooperation through sharing space and materials. Watering, caring for and growing our garden also provides for learning about the lifecycle of plants. Gardening teaches math skills, measuring growth, comparing, contrasting, along with seed germination.


4:15-5:00 p.m. Transition/Closing

During closing, we transition children allowing a five-minute fore-warning to prepare them for the day’s end.  Children are guided through cleanup by using songs, and support.  Parents are guided to their children as they ask about their day briefly.  They are given art projects and any notes or information to be taken home.

Our Daily Routine