Class Content and Schedule:
The daily schedule in our preschool program is arranged to accommodate the needs of young children for play, social interaction, reflection and learning. Our class time is devoted to three main areas of concentration:
Creative Learning, Cooperative Community and Creative Cycles.
We base our approach on the fundamentals of childhood development and an eclectic blend of philosophies. Young children learn by exploring their environment, by experimenting and interacting with the world. This reflects a natural progression of learning, and one that fits well when it comes to the arts. Through experiences in creative arts, process projects, social play, investigation, observation and language arts, children begin to build the skills needed for a lifetime love of learning.
During our Creative Learning time, children in our program have ample time to make choices about how they will pursue their interests. Our teachers observe and support the children, creating an emergent curriculum that will satisfy inquisitive minds.
Choices for Creative Learning might include:
Creative Arts: In general, two art projects will be available each day. These might include collage, clay, sculpting (3 – D sculpture), paper mache, painting and drawing.
Handwork: Stitchery, carpentry, weaving, etc.
Process Experiences: Cooking, wool work, gardening.
Social Play: Imaginaria, small blocks, manipulative toys, mini-environments.
Investigation and Observation: Science, sensory play, instruments.
Language Arts: Story writing, story telling, interviews, news reporting.
Children need the chance to explore relationships and to discover what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to getting along with others. They need to make mistakes, and understand the consequences of their actions. In our class, we spend a fair amount of time talking about the mechanics of relationships, learning about compassion and developing communication skills so that we may better understand ourselves and each other. In addition to group discussions, reading books and sharing, we will be using two programs developed by Committee for Children, Woven Word and Second Step. Both emphasize social-emotional development, and help us create our Cooperative Community.
This is the trademark Roaring Mouse approach to creativity! During the Creative Cycles classes, children have the chance to explore, develop and create through music, song, dance, drama and storytelling.
(from school website)