Our curriculum follows Developmentally Appropriate Practice (see http://www.naeyc.org/DAP) to engage the children in hands-on, age-appropriate activities, never pushing them to learn what they're not yet ready for. Investigations will be carefully selected, to affect all seven domains of development, through different types of play. All materials will be as open-ended as possible to expand creativity and build problem-solving skills. We will build social skills, such as listening, and conflict resolution, as we engage in our projects and activities. Rather than having our children focus on memorization and duplication, we will encourage reflective, critical thinking skills through imaginative play.
During free play time, children are free to explore the various learning centers, independently or cooperatively. A new art invitation will be offered every day. Creative projects will provide opportunities for the children to paint, sculpt, print, glue, smear, sprinkle, carve and smash a wide variety of materials. We will focus on the process of creation, rather than any products that may result.
The sensory tub is accessible during free play time, offering new textures and densities to experiment with. In addition to engaging their senses, this is great for pretend play and skill development (such as pouring and pinching).
Free play is also a time when the teacher will work with individual students students on specific skill development.
8:45 am - 9:00 am: Parents are encouraged to drop off. It may be indoors or out.
9:15 am: Learning circle will take place, and consist of a story and song or fingerplay, the jumping song, and anything else that is relevant to the group.
10:00 am: Snack.
10:30 am: Learning invitation- Teacher facilitated inquiry. Possible examples include: science experiments, yoga, baking, special project, music, investigation, gardening, cooperative game, or nature walk.
11:00 am: Free play, indoors or out (kids’ choice).
11:30 am: Lunch
12:00 - 12:15 pm: Free play, potty, sunscreen, getting into outdoor gear.
12:15 - 12:45: Explore the outdoor classroom and pick-up time.
Learning circle is a time to sing songs, learn finger plays, tell stories, practice counting, and read books together, using props to illustrate the stories.
Exercise may include: dancing, "Silly-cise," games, walks, climbing, and yoga.
Outdoor play enables the children to run, jump, swing, and climb, developing coordination and strengthening their large muscle groups. It is also a chance to play in the sand, make mud pies, use our "outside voices," watch the squirrels and birds, learn gardening skills, observe the clouds, catch bugs, create, and develop awareness of the natural world.
Relaxation time includes gentle stretches, breathing exercises, stories, and soothing music.
Music is intrinsic to our program. Singing develops language skills, and dancing offers a chance to express ourselves through movement. We will expose the children to a wide variety of music, in all genres. We will make our own music as well, improving our coordination, listening skills, and sense of rhythm.