Activities

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Activities address the development of the whole child; physical, cognitive, and social-emotional. Each week children explore literacy and language, early math & science, art, sensory play, gross and fine motor skills, music and social-emotional skills.

Philosophy

Children learn through play and thrive in an environment which offers both independent and guided exploration. They truly are natural scientists; examining, testing and experimenting with materials in order to understand the world around them. Engaging activities, opportunity for unhurried exploration, and empathetic caregivers help support natural curiosity and create a positive learning environment.

Language and Literacy

Language and literacy (reading & writing) skills are developed through a variety of activities designed to support growing language acquisition and nurture a love of language. These include:

  • Daily conversation
  • Reading books
  • Storytelling
  • Puppets
  • Felt board stories
  • Singing
  • Rhyming
  • Finger plays

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Early Math and Science

Early numeracy and science activities teach relevant concepts such as counting, numbers, measuring, patterns, spatial relationships, cause-and-effect, and expose children to the natural world. These include:

  • Blocks, building, puzzles
  • Making play dough
  • Pouring, sifting
  • Planting, leaf collecting
  • Making volcanos (baking soda & vinegar)
  • Bubbles
  • Colored nature cubes (freezing flowers, leaves & twigs in colored water)

Art

Art is process oriented allowing children to freely explore material, color and texture. For example:

  • Painting with tempera & q-tips
  • Color mixing with finger paint
  • Collage (glitter, fabric, colored cellophane)
  • Chalk painting (paint brushes & water over chalk)

Sensory

Engaging the senses, especially sense of touch (textures, temperature) but also smell, sight & sound

  • Sand
  • Water
  • Colored shaving cream
  • Colored rice

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Gross Motor

Activities that use large muscle groups (walking, running, climbing) and encourage coordination, balance, and proprioception (orientation of body in space).

  • Daily outings to playground
  • Dancing (with scarves, jingle bells)
  • Jumping
  • Hall bowling (block “pins” & ball)
  • Bean bag toss

Fine Motor

Activities that develop hand-eye-coordination and engage muscles which will later be used in writing (grasping, pinching, squeezing, and manipulating objects)

  • Stringing large beads
  • Using crayons & markers
  • Holding a paint brush
  • Squeezing play dough
  • Picking up objects with tongs

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Music

Listening to music from a variety of cultures, singing, tapping out a rhythm, dancing, and using simple instruments (shakers, bells, xylophone) all help children develop rhythm, coordination, self-regulation, cultural awareness, and language

  • Freeze Dancing
  • Songs with puppets
  • Ring Around the Rosie

Social-Emotional

Opportunities for social-emotional growth abound in a group care setting! An empathetic adult can spot these teachable moments and provide guidance, as well as create learning opportunities. Some of these are:

  • Negotiating peer interactions
  • Taking turns
  • Developing empathy
  • Learning respect (for others, for belongings)
  • Identifying feelings
  • Developing friendships