Our Curriculum Approach

Learning Centers

BLOCK CENTER:

This area provides space for imaginary play using blocks, small toys and vehicles for building and acting out fantasies. This play encourages cooperation, problem solving, math/science skills and language skills.

GROUP AREA:

This is where the children come to hear stories, sing songs, play instruments and games and talk about events important to them.

DRAMATIC PLAY AREA:

Play in this area promotes creativity and provides a healthy outlet for fantasy and role play. A great deal of social interaction and learning also goes on here. Children use a variety of props to support their imaginations.

KITCHEN:

In this area, the children measure, mix and create snacks to eat. This encourages the development of math and science skills as well as allowing opportunities for language development and practical life experiences.

MANIPULATIVE/SENSORIAL CENTERS:

These centers contain many opportunities for individual skill building. Games, puzzles and small manipulative toys develop thinking and problem solving skills. All these materials promote fine motor development, as well as encouraging small group work.

ART CENTER:

The teachers plan daily art activities which allow the children to freely explore materials such as: paper, crayons, markers, sticky tape, glue, scissors, paint, etc. Children are also encouraged to use the easel. Creativity, self expression and a variety of motor skills are nurtured in this center, along with the feeling that art is for individual pleasure and there is no right or wrong.

WRITING CENTER:

This center is equipped with a variety of paper, envelopes, crayons, markers, pencils and pens. Children are encouraged to express themselves through writing, in whatever form it takes at their particular stage of development.

LANGUAGE CENTER:

The language materials respond to the child’s sensitivity to language. Prereading and writing skills are developed through a sensory awareness of the look, feel and sounds of the individual letters.

BOOK AREA:

The reading center is furnished with beanbag chairs and pillows for comfort. It is a cozy place for children to quietly curl up with a good book or two.

MATH AREA:

This area contains a variety of math manipulative that encourage children to sort, classify, pattern and develop number and spatial concepts, as well as awareness of the look, feel, and sounds of individual numbers.

SCIENCE AREA:

This area encourages experimentation and careful observation, curiosity and questions. Natural science displays are provided as well as scientific equipment such as magnets and magnifying glasses to support both formal and informal learning.

PRACTICAL LIFE:

These materials aim specifically at developing the child’s concentration, order, independence and coordination. Exercises to care for the environment are an important aspect as well. Cleaning, polishing, spooning, pouring and other such simple skills in everyday living help the child to have experiences of deep concentration as well as practice with everyday objects.

COMPUTERS:

We provide an 80″ Smartboard in each class for the children to use. The Smartboard programs used promote learning of letters and their sounds, numbers and their value, creativity, collaboration and fun, etc. Through the use of Smartboard, children have the opportunity to experience pieces of technology that are not only significant today, but are tools of tomorrow.

Dramatic Play

Manipulative Centers

Kitchen