The children grouped in this room are potty trained 3's to 31/2 year olds at the onset of school. Individuality, differences in maturity, and physical abilities are taken into consideration. Learning should be exciting and fun. We learn through doing, seeing, and hearing. Many still struggle with fat pencils, scissor handling, etc. Therefore, a lot of time is spent working on those fine motor skills through the use of a wide variety of art materials. The children learn through discovery centers which include art, blocks, dramatic play, pre-math activities, books, playdoh and music.
Our learning is structured through weekly thematic units such as Fall, Insects or Transportation. Daily circle time and most art projects address the weekly theme. Books are read daily that relate to that week's theme. Circle time is also used for the teacher to model and talk about appropriate behavior. During this time the teacher introduces fingerplays, poems, and songs. Physical development and coordination are encouraged through daily outdoor play and exercise to music on days when weather prohibits playground time.