Young children learn best when they are having experiences that are interesting to them. We create an emergent curriculum around the children in our care. Every day we provide developmentally appropriate learning activities that will maximize children’s interests. We also have loving experienced teachers who are here to help guide their learning and help them with their social and emotional skills.
It is important for children to accept school as a place where they feel secure, cared for, liked, accepted, and successful while away from home. Children discover themselves as independent people, worthwhile, competent, and important. They will learn unbiased gender differences and identify with their own gender. The children come to recognize feelings and learn to express themselves in socially acceptable ways. They begin to use experiences, materials, and language to express and alleviate feelings. The children develop social skills through interactions with others. They learn to take turns, share, and modify behaviors to fit the group. They learn to give and receive affection and grow in understanding of feelings and rights of others.
The children have many opportunities to develop both large and small muscle coordination. Developing fine motor skills are part of weekly planning goals. Going outside to work large muscles is available every day.
Children develop conceptual and verbal skills through awareness and understanding of the world around them. We provide many opportunities to develop vocabulary through group discussions, individual conversations, story times and through play. Children grow in understanding and use of language. Children’s home language is supported through books and language activities.
We will provide many examples of the uses of print every day. We have a library center and change out books often and according to the children’s interests and learning. Materials for children to attempt writing are readily available. Children are given opportunities to develop phonological abilities with rhyming activities, letters and their sounds.
Children expand their curiosity, initiative, and creativity through first-hand experiences and a variety of interesting materials. Science curriculum always includes properties of matter, life cycles of creatures, earth and sky and health and nutrition. Also, Science is fun and children learn more when they are having fun. We will use science experiments to practice scientific thinking.
Children are introduced to the use of modern technology as tools in pursuit of learning through play. Computers, cameras (still and video), tape recorders and microphones are used to explore the world and create original film, music and writing.
Engineering is hands-on. We will provide engineering activities so children can “live” the math and science concepts and see their relevance in real-world applications.
Art will be open ended, allowing children to produce their own unique interpretation. There will also be art lessons so the children can explore different art forms. We will provide opportunities for music, drama, photography and dance.
Activities that cover the five basic concepts of math, as described by the National Council of Mathematics, are planned for every week. We will use everyday play to help children learn mathematical thinking. Materials that encourage mathematical thinking are always available in the childcare space.
We will provide weekly activities that help children learn about themselves, their community and the world. Special consideration is given to the home cultures of the children. Activities that promote anti-bias are emphasized.