The Stems (2-Year Old Preschool Class )
The 2 year old program offers a wide variety of Indoor Enrichment Activities, Free Choice, and Outdoor Activities. The elements needed to motivate the young child to learn are choices, increasing complexity, and variety of activities for new challenges. Our classroom arrangements and schedule of activities support the way young children learn.
The Creative Arts Center: Painting, drawing and other forms of art help children express themselves, their emotions, and their view of the world. Sand, Salt, and water trays provide pouring and measuring opportunities that establish pre-math skills that enhance problem solving and critical thinking skills. The children experiment with sufficient textures and materials in activities such as cutting and pasting, play-doh and clay, cooking projects, paints (finger, sponge and with brushes) and drawing with various instruments (crayons, markers, pencils). All activities are necessary to develop eye-hand coordination and sensory skills.
The Cognitive Center: Manipulative activities and toys such as puzzles, legos, lacing cards, matching and sequencing games provide pre-writing skills, math readiness and language development. Blocks and building supplies promote hands-on experience with cause/effect relationships, size, weight, and number concepts for the foundation to both math and science. The book area familiarizes children with the concepts of print, using the reading process effectively, and demonstrating reading behaviors.
The Dramatic Play Center: Dress up clothing, the housekeeping area, dolls, and other imaginative play activities encourage children to make sense of the world around them. In almost every activity there is an opportunity to help children develop social skills. Every friendship made or dispute settled brings children closer to appropriate social behavior necessary for future success in school and in our society.
The Language Art Center: Language, both receptive and expressive, is developed through the use of books and experiences. Based upon age appropriate guidelines this center may include a writing center stocked with various paper, pencils, stencils, rulers, stamps, stickers and envelopes. Pocket charts and a flannel board set encourage children to construct meaning from a variety of text and illustrations.
The Music Center: Singing and finger plays encourage children to participate cooperatively in a group. Different forms of movement expand children’s understanding of their bodies and can develop creative problem solving skills. This center includes musical instruments, audio equipment, children’s music CDs.
GROSS MOTOR PERIOD:
The gross motor period on most days take place on the playground where there are slides, climbers, bikes, sand boxes, and water play to help stimulate large muscle development. Each day a mixture of teacher planned games and activities as well as free play time is provided.
ON SOCIAL INTERACTION:
Social interaction takes place in all areas and helps the child mature in their interpersonal relationships. Our curriculum teaches positive social interactions and character development through hands on activities and projects.