From the Director:
In designing our learning environment and curriculum for preschool, we reference the Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines, which were developed in response to President Bush's early-childhood initiative "Good Start, Grow Smart." The guidelines are geared to improving Maine's early-childhood programs and readying preschoolers for kindergarten and lifelong learning. We maintain a 1-to-10 caregiver-to-preschooler ratio. LEARNING AND EXPLORATION CENTERS We provide several learning centers with materials and activities to enhance your child's exploration in different areas: Dramatic Play Reading Large Motor Skills Fine Motor Skills Science Children have chances throughout the day to explore each area that interests them. Concepts to be explored within the centers include but are not limited to the following: Science Social Studies Creative Arts Personal and Social Development Early Language and Literacy Mathematics Health and Physical Education MORNING MEETING During Morning Meeting time, we talk about the calendar, the weather board, and weekly themes. We sing songs and read books, often pertaining to our theme. We share thoughts and ideas. We practice patience, good listening, and good manners. These meetings can be short or long, depending on the attention span of the group. With such a wide age range of children, we try to keep the younger children interested while keeping the older ones challenged. OUTDOOR EXPLORATION When we venture outdoors, whether to the playground or for an excursion around the Pineland Farms campus, we move our bodies walking, running, jumping, and climbing; we use our senses seeing planes fly overheard, listening to birds sing, feeling the wind on our faces, and smelling the freshness of the farm air; and we become familiar with our surrounding and all that nature has to offer. COMMUNICATION We do not lose sight of the fact that your child's first teacher is YOU! With that in mind, we consider ourselves partners with you in ensuring that your child's learning experience at Bambinos is positive and productive. We encourage you to keep the lines of communication open and touch base with us daily. We will also post daily happenings on the board along with reminders and special events. As always, please feel free to ask questions or express any issues or concerns you may have.