For children this age, play is their work and learning evolves from it. They will leave this classroom having been exposed to such skills as: following simple instructions, identifying animals and their sounds, identifying basic colors, utilizing various types of art materials, building blocks, stringing beads, doing simple puzzles, sitting for stories, singing, and other group activities, understanding that there are numbers and letters and recognizing some of them, beginning to recognize one's own name and understanding concepts of big and little, over and under, in and out, up and down. Learning and interest centers are an active part of the curriculum. Books are read to the children every day. The children have opportunities to work in smaller groups and make specific choices in the following areas: Housekeeping, easel painting, gluing, play dough time, sandbox (measuring/pouring), dollhouse play, car mat/cars, match up games, tool center, and Lego table. This time encourages necessary social skills- kindness/sharing taking turns, taking care of classroom property and using it properly, and settling conflict appropriately. The teachers move from area to area to monitor, encourage and assist them when and where needed.
Weather permitting, we have two outdoor play periods a day. Our playground is age appropriate and beautiful. Sprinkler parties are a regular summer routine for those unable to participate in the center's swimming pool program due to being non-trained.
Music is a key medium with little ones. They learn skills and facts through song. Coordination is aided by music routines. Music is part of every day.
As we plan our day, we keep in mind that children need a balance of free and directed play and of play and quiet times. We enjoy what we plan to do with the children and our enjoyment transfers to them.