Daily Highlights

Circle Time: Allows children the opportunity to experience a sense of belonging to a group. Children will practice communication skills as they express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings with the entire group. Message time, story time, solving problems and planning out the day will all take place during this time.

Small Group Time: Present activities briefly (15-20 minutes) to a few children. During small group time teachers introduce new concepts or new materials, teach particular skills to children who need individual attention, conduct science experiments, retell a story, or a limitless number of other options.

Choice Time: Is one of the longest blocks of the day for the children. During choice time children choose the interest area in which they would like to work, whom they want to work with, and what materials to use. Interest areas include blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, sand and water, music and movement, library and art. When children are finished working in one area and have cleaned up they are free to move to another area. Teachers will observe children, ask open-ended questions, and make suggestions that extend children’s play and support their learning.

Library Area: Is a very important part of our classroom and is where children gain the foundation for reading and writing.

Toys and Games: This area includes puzzles, various table blocks, and small construction materials such as Legos, board games, and collections of objects. Here children learn how things work, learn to be creative and use their imaginations, strengthen and control the small muscles in their hands, work cooperatively and solve problems.

Dramatic Play: Allows children to take on different roles and recreate real-life experiences. Pretend play also helps increase your child’s vocabulary, which is important for reading.

Block Area: By working with blocks children learn math concepts such as number, size, and shape. They can also compare heights of objects and by moving, shoving, and stacking blocks children explore weight and size.

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