An art activity is available daily for the children in the A room. Art projects prompt children to express their thoughts and emotions in a non-verbal manner, to problem solve and try new things, and develop eye/hand coordination through the use of crayons, paints, clay, pasting and cutting.
Blocks have a natural appeal as well as an educational value for children. By building with blocks, children use their imagination, develop hand-eye coordination, motor skills, shape recognition, and balance. Building helps children begin to learn the relationship of size and parts.
Books and Language:
Literature is an integral part of the preschool experience, and being read to is an essential step in developing a child’s desire and ability to read and write. The teacher and parents read regularly to the whole class, small groups and to individual children. There is a quiet area where the children have easy access to a variety of books, which they may check out weekly and share at home. They will also be given the opportunity to create short stories, write letters to other classmates, practice writing and reading their name, and practice writing and recognizing letters, numbers, and shapes. They will also develop language and vocabulary through story telling while using the magnetic board.
Children grow through self-expression, and dramatic play allows them to act out their thoughts and express their feelings. Children can come up with their own ideas for creative dramatic play activities, and through these experiences explore their curiosities and make sense of the world around them. Everything from play food to dress up costumes to puppets in the theater are available.
Gross Motor Activities:
Through gross motor activities, children develop large muscles, become more comfortable with their own bodies and develop a concept of space. They have an opportunity for this type of play indoors and outside.
Music is an important part of our day. Not only do we have fun dancing and singing, but the children are developing many parts of their bodies. While dancing, children are learning to develop and control both listening skills and physical movements. Listening to music helps children develop pathways in their brains to improve math, language, and thinking skills. We use bells, streamers, rhythm sticks, musical instruments, and various types of music to assist the children in this area.
Sand and Water Table:
Playing in sand and water helps them develop their minds and bodies in a relaxing and enjoyable way. They learn concepts such as measurement, space, quantity and relative size. Some of the materials used include buckets, measuring cups, rakes, shovels, sifters, scales, bubbles and straws.
We have many activities and games that develop fine motor, reading and math skills. These include puzzles, size and shape sorters, pattern beads, counting frames, Legos, manipulative toys, play dough, Lincoln Logs, and board games.