Children will be exposed to a wealth of literacy activities and a print- rich environment. Each age level experiences opportunities in listening to stories, writing down their words, playing with language by learning fingerplays, rhymes, and songs. Phonemic awareness is developed by substituting initial consonants in words, and in their names. The library center is always full of books to read and explore.
Through books and stories, critical thinking and problem solving skills are developed. Creative thinking about a different outcome to the story helps a child learn there is not always just one answer to a problem. Authors, illustrators, and story characters are discussed, as well as the plot and whether the story could really happen or is make believe. Children learn we have symbols called letters that have meaning and that those symbols make words. They are building a foundation for reading skills when they dictate their words to the teacher to write down for them. They begin to write their name, and want to do their own writing.
Science and Social Studies
Exploring their world and observing what is around them, helps a child to learn a curiosity that will serve them throughout their school years. Vocabulary and a love for their environment are increased with science experiments and nature walks. The child learns about their community and people who help our community. Their world grows to include new ideas, new words, and new concepts of how the world works.
At each level children are expanding their concept of numbers and building on their knowledge. Many skills are developed to build their understanding of numbers. Children learn sequencing, counting, graphing, sorting, building, measuring, and problem solving skills with concrete hands on experiences. Each child is provided with numerous opportunities in the classroom to develop basic skills in a sequential manner that is developmentally appropriate.
Through the art experience, children grow in many skills. Children are introduced to process art using a wide variety of materials to compose their art. It may be shaving cream, paint, play dough, sand, fingerpaint, watercolors, etc. Children also compose craft projects, to help with following directions, spatial awareness, practice in cutting skills, and just having fun. The creativity used in producing their art carries over into critical thinking skills, as well as trying new ideas and exploring media.
Each classroom is set up with learning centers to provide opportunities for play in a variety of ways. Centers are changed to include activities that coincide with the current curriculum topic. Centers included in every classroom are dramatic play, art, science, writing, library, sensory table, blocks, and manipulative. Other centers may be added throughout the year.