Young children show us what they know through their artwork. They learn by using their senses. The Art Center is available for daily work that children plan and implement, choosing from materials such as paints, crayons, clay, colored pencils and odds and ends we find in everyday settings.
The Block Center is an area that provides children with interesting construction materials for designing and building. Because of its arrangement, this center allows small groups of children to share materials, work together to make designs and work out problems they encounter with their projects. Children learn about shapes, size, measurement, distance and many building skills, but one of the most important skills that will be developed when children are in the Block Center is working in collaboration with others.
The Dramatic Play Center is the social area of the classroom. Young children are interested in trying out the roles, often patterned after the adults around them. In the Dramatic Play Center they may begin with the roles they see in their home environments. The kitchen set, baby bed and mirror are the traditional materials associated with the home setup of the Dramatic Play Center. This is an active, busy center, and the organization of the materials must reflect this goal. Talking and moving are to be expected.
Fine Motor Skills: The purpose of the fine motor skills program is to provide opportunities for children to develop fine motor skills through activities such as puzzles, writing, beads, arts and crafts, scissors, blocks, and zippers. Open ended activities such as exploring drawing, painting, working with play dough, and building with lego's will help develop these muscles. These activities are essential for fine motor development and support self confidence in development of their writing abilities.
Gross Motor Skills: The purpose of the Gross Motor Skills programs is to provide opportunities for the children to use their large muscles through activities such as running, balancing, jumping, hopping, climbing, dancing, creative movement and outside play.
Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses; touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific process while they play, create, investigate and explore. Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively.
Preschool Writing develops along a continuum. First, children discover that they can make a mark on paper. This is fun! Then they notice that others around them write differently, they begin making letter-like formations and real letters. As they gain phonological awareness, they begin to use inventive spelling and through all of this, they come to understand that writing is for communication.