Children learn best in an environment where they feel safe. They need to be surrounded by adults who care about them and encourage them to be successful and self-confident. They need to work and play in a place where the values of respect and love for one another are fostered.
Opportunities must be provided to encourage and enhance language development, both receptive and expressive.Children also need to be given the opportunities to make choices and decisions on their own.
Hands-on exploration of materials and concepts are provided on a daily basis. The development of gross and fine motor coordination must be accomplished by encouraging children to try activities where they will climb, crawl, jump, run, lace string beads, handle pegs, puzzles, cut with scissors, etc...
All experiences and activities must be developmentally appropriate and tailored to the individual needs of the children as much as can be accomplished in a two hour forty five minute day.
Our primary goal at Over The Rainbow Preschool is to provide a safe, loving and caring environment in which children can learn and grow.
Excerpted from the preschool's website
Here books are shared and activities such as Show & Tell, flannel board stories, weather, calendar and days of the week. Materials will be presented to strengthen fine motor skills. The children will be writing in their journals everyday, if time permits. Letters of the alphabet, numbers and writing their names are our goal. Spanish will be introduced to the children in this center. Each week all child will learn one word in Spanish. An index card will go home with them at the end of the week. The word will be in Spanish and English. By the end of the shcool year, the children will have built a large vocabulary!
Arts & Crafts
Small motor skills will be developed through activities that allow for cutting, pasting, coloring, writing and painting. Free playtime in this room will include, play dough, free coloring, drawing and a collage of crafts. Our curriculum is incorporated into this center. Alphabet, numbers, colors and themes for each month.
Music & Movement
The children will have the opportunity to express themselves through Music & Movement. Gross Motor skills will be developed. We have several CD's for moving, singing and exercising. The curriculum will be incorporated into this center. Learning games will be addressed such as; letters, shapes, colors & numbers (this center is an alternate with science).
In this center, the children will have the opportunity to learn, explore, experiment, discover, create invent, self-express, interact and play. This center will involve dramatic play, kitchen area, blocks, dolls, reading corner and trucks.
The children will go out to play when the weather permits. They will learn to develop their gross motor skills. Children will be encouraged to climb up cubes and go down slides. Throwing and catching a ball, active games such as the parachute will be initiated here. Bubbles will be brought out to the playground, chalk and other exciting fun games.
Our science center goes by units. Each month we will specialize in a different acitivity. For example, Dinosaurs, Rain Forest, Nighttime sky, Magnets, winter, ocean life, etc.... This center is all hands on. The children will get to enjoy all science materials. Lots of exploring goes on in this center.
In this center, the children will use their fine motor skills to button, lace, snap, zipper. Large and small puzzles are used along with sorting color games. We have two computers which allows the children to work independently. All learning CD's are age appropriate. Group games with the Teacher are also incorporated in this center. This will help the children to follow directions and allow them to sit in a group setting. The Teacher also utilizes this center to observe their students, this will prepare them for parent/teacher conferences held in February.
Excerpted from the preschool's website