Deer and Giraffe Room - Bellingham Childcare & Learning Center
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Deer and Giraffe Room

Ages 3 years to 5 years

The preschool classrooms at BCLC are composed of children 3 years to 5 years of age.  In multi-age classrooms children have opportunities to nurture and model skills for younger children, be nurtured and encouraged by older peer models, participate in more complex activities with older peers, and develop at their own pace knowing that there are a variety of developmental expectations in the classroom not just one.


Our preschool classroom environments offer a rich variety of spaces, materials and activities organized to promote children’s active exploration and mastery. Although classrooms often appear informal, they are the result of careful planning and structuring to ensure that the needs of each child are met in a supportive and nurturing way. Our teachers encourage curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, promote cooperative social interactions, support individual creativity and diversity and provide opportunities for children to use their growing bodies to develop a sense of autonomy and self worth. Children are provided with tasks and activities that promote language development, learn readiness skills to prepare them for school, learn about their world through creative play, develop their large and fine motor skills, develop thinking and problem solving abilities, and, optimally, develop emotionally and socially.


Following are examples of what your preschooler will be doing during their time in the Preschool Rooms.

Deer & Giraffe Room Daily Schedule
7:30 BCLC Opens
Drop Off  Outside
Transition to Classroom
Learning Centers, Teacher Led Activities, and Project Work
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Learning Centers
10:00-12:00 Outside Play or Circle and Learning Centers in Classroom
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:30 Naptime or Quiet Activities for Non-Nappers
2:30-2:45 Transition from Nap to Snack
2:45-3:15 Afternoon Snack
3:15-5:00 Outside Play or Learning Centers, Teacher Led Activities, and Project Work
5:00 BCLC Closes

Social and Emotional Development

  • Following basic rules and instructions
  • Communicating with peers and teachers
  • Sharing, choosing, and participating in group times


Motor Development

  • Puzzles and Manipulatives
  • Construction
  • Riding bikes and relay races


Language Development

  • Reading stories and singing songs
  • Listening to stories on tape
  • Small Groups conversations


Self Help Skills

  • Cleaning up
  • Washing hands and face
  • Potty training


Creative Expression

  • Dress up and imaginary play
  • Painting, gluing, cutting and coloring
  • Singing and dancing


Math, Science, and Social Studies

  • Sorting, measuring, and categorizing
  • Simple experiments
  • Understanding of social roles and rules
  • Awareness of our environment and surroundings


Kindergarten Readiness

  • Counting and number recognition
  • Phonemics and letter recognition
  • Following three step directions
We work closely with you and carry out research to understand your needs and wishes.