We are a play based curriculum and work off of themes.
Curriculum is usually chosen by the staff according to the needs of the children. Centers related to the curriculum are set up for the child to explore. Teacher led activities are also available.
Example- Rainforest Theme
children cut lines on a green leaf that we made into a palm tree (fine motor skills, experience using scissors)
sponge painting leaves for trees in the classroom(art, fine motor skills, collaboration)
coloring an S is for Sloth coloring page and talking about what other words start with S at circle time (pre-literacy activity)
Read Eric Carles' book Slowly, slowly, slowly said the sloth. (pre-literacy, science)
We also asked the children to share what they do slowly. (going to bed and waking up were most common!) (encouraging language, making connections)
Poison dart frog race- we lined up some toy frogs with a piece of construction paper broken into spaces in front of each one. Each child chose a frog and rolled a die to see how many spaces he/she could move her frog. Then we talked about 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place frogs at the end of the race. (counting activity, learning how to take turns, pre-math vocabulary)
painting with watercolors on a coffee filter to make flowers for bromeliads (art, creativity, science)
put out a table with poison dart frog toys, rocks, some water in a container, some leaves for children to play with (exploration through play, creativity and imagination)
We sang songs about a boa constrictor, green anaconda, "In the Jungle" .. and more. (music)