A love for learning is the basic premise that underlies all of our programs. Students are introduced to both formal and informal learning experiences that include play and social skills, reading and math readiness skills, and the creative arts.
FOR CHILDREN 4 YEARS OLD BY SEPTEMBER 1 OF CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9:00 — 1:00
A child is attracted to activities that give him/her independence and control of their own life. One of the most important needs of a young child is to develop their muscles and coordinate his/her movements. This is addressed through practical life exercises such as sweeping, polishing, carrying, pouring water, and other common activities. Special materials enable the child to practice tying, buttoning, snapping, and the use of many other fastening devices. The purpose of these exercises is to develop concentration, the ability to pay attention to details as the child follows a regular sequence of actions and learns good working habits. These activities provide the very foundation on which the child approaches more intricate academic exercises.
Sensorial materials in the classroom are designed to sharpen the senses of the young child and enable the child to understand the many impressions he receives through them. Each of the sensorial materials isolates one defining quality such as color, weight, shape, texture, size, sound, or smell. The sensorial materials help the child to distinguish, categorize, and relate new information to what he already knows.
A child begins reading when he is ready and proceeds at his own pace. His experiences in Practical Life and Sensorial education serve as a preparation for this. With cut-out letters, the child builds his/her own words on a mat. The materials free them from the fatigue of their still developing writing skills, and yet still gives the opportunity to pursue their interest in words. These activities serve as a preparation for the time when the child combines what he knows and begins writing.
The materials for mathematics introduce the concept of quantity and its symbols, the numbers 0 through 9. The quantity is introduced by a series of rods which the child can count and compare. He matches sets of symbol cards with the rods. Using a variety of beads and symbol cards. The child becomes familiar with the numbers as a decimal system, including concrete experiences with the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. These exercises not only teach the child to calculate, but they provide a deep understanding of how numbers function.
Daily schedules vary, but generally, a day proceeds as follows:
9:00 - 9:15
Arrival, Greetings, Informal Conversation
9:15 - 10:00
Discovery Time - Free choice among a variety of activities in the learning centers, including literacy, reading, writing/listening, manipulatives, dramatic, cooking, science, sand/water, music, etc
10:00 - 10:20
Clean Up and Snack
10:20 - 10:45
Circle Time with music, stories, and games to introduce the theme and its concepts
10:45 - 11:30
Project Time - Opportunity for children to choose between 2 or 3 projects to further explore the theme and sharpen specific skills. Children who finish early have a chance to pull out our “magic carpet activities” which provides them a chance to choose a transition game that they can play on their own.
11:30 - 12:00
Active Play (indoors or outdoors) - Use of equipment & games
12:00 - 12:30
Washing Hands, Lunch, and Conversation
12:30 - 12:45
12:45 - 1:00
Discussion of the day’s activities and planning for the next day. Preparation for dismissal and greeting parents.