From the Director:
Activities are balanced for children led and teacher directed. Every morning children lead and continue with a session (s) of 15 minutes,half hour to an hour for (older children) of teacher and child directed activities. Our activites are based on the sensorial development along with the developmental stages and approaches. Developing activities for their senses and their equilibrium. Things to smell and taste like sour, spicy, sweet, fruits and vegetables, flowers and aromatic plants, things to feel in their hands and be able to handle like a banana slug or snails, noises to hear loud, far away noises, musical instruments noises they can differentiate. Messy Activities for their senses water and something else like - mud, ice, seeds, corn meal, flour, cornstarch, . A Complete Emergent Curriculum with props (Dramatic Play Boxes) such as fire station, hair salon, restaurant, farm, airport, bank, flower shop, camping trip, post office and more with real props that children can relate to real life experiences. Teachers choose between two to three activities daily for example: Developing an activity can be when children are given a journal with crayons, markers or oil pastels to draw about what they did over the weekend or any story they want to tell their friends. OR The teacher may read a book first and ask children to draw about what happened in the story and tell about their pictures. We document their ideas, words, sentences on their journals. This is part of the language development and as pages are filled with lines and representational drawings we are able to see the progress in language as well as story telling and creation. Another activity can be science where children are being presented with materials and teachers will ask questions of what is being observed or created. Twice a year we have a science fair on Animals and their habitats as well as experiments and discovery on natural sciences. Art - children may be presented with materials and a teacher is there to assist when help is necessary to talk about the drawings or painting being made and what they may represent to a child. OR another activity can be story telling with music and movement using instruments or dancing. Activities can be exploration of the outdoors for example looking for bugs, drawing and talking about each bug from where they live to what they do and eat. Activityies can be just listening to each other when telling a story or expressing how they feel. OR it can be a messy activity creating mix of ingredients, exploring with mud, playing with flour and water, pouring and measuring activites with corn meal, seeds, and water this last activity can be part of their free choice activity. Activites include many ways of learning the alphabet by singing or hands on activities. Writing time for older children. Our whole approach on curriculum is based on teachers' observations and theoritical implications as well as our developmental approach and the equilibrium.