"We believe that children learn best by being actively involved in their own learning through a variety of hands-on activities. These activities are meaningful to the children, appropriate for each child's developmental level and are designed to allow each child to progress at his or her own pace."
Children come into the room and enjoy each others' company in free play. They then come to the carpet for the daily calendar time, where they learn counting, patterning, and many other math skills. Also the teacher writes a letter to the children, which they read together. At some point in the year, she starts to leave some of the words blank and the children fill them in. After calendar, they have a healthy snack provided by the School. They then have center time, which has a literacy center, a math center, and a fine motor center. They are teacher led and within each center, the children are completing tasks on their own levels. For gross motor enhancement, the children have gym with a physical education teacher or recess every day. They also enjoy integrated units of study, which include both science and social studies. Children are taught phonics through a hands-on program called Zoo Phonics, where they use actions to learn letters and sounds. Children are also homogenously grouped for reading and more phonics. Some children read together, while others are playing letter BINGO. They are all being challenged on their own levels. There is much art and music within the classroom, but twice a week, the children meet with a music teacher for that extra learning.