Practical Life Works!
Children are naturally inclined to imitate what adults do. They are attracted to things that give them independence and control of their own lives. Like adults, children want to use real tools, such as brooms, sponges, utensils, etc. The practical life area offers a variety of exercises that are periodically changed to maintain them interesting and challenging. They may seem repetitive and simple, but as a child waters a plant or pours colored water, she is in fact accomplishing much more: a high level of concentration, developing a sense of order, pride in a job well done, increasing a sense of independence, improving fine motor movements. Lessons of grace and courtesy help the children feel socially acceptable and confident.
Since infancy, children learn about the world around them through their senses. The sensorial materials were designed to develop and refine the five senses. The child will be free to discover and discriminate visual cues of size, shape and color, tactile cues of texture, weight and temperature, and auditory, olfactory and gustatory cues. Sensorial materials also prepare the mathematical mind and help language development for logical thinking.
The language area is divided into the categories of receptive language (listening and reading) and expressive language (speaking and writing). We use the phonetic approach in preparation for blending sounds, which is the foundation for reading. Through the use of the Sandpaper Letters, children are able to trace and recognize the letters. When the child is
ready, the movable alphabet is used to build words in conjunction with pictures and objects.
The base-ten system of organizing quantity is introduced with units, tens, hundreds and thousands, in quantity and in the numeral. Children are able to manipulate the materials allowing them to acquire a concrete idea of the relation between the symbol and the quantity. This concrete quality enables the child to joyfully assimilate many facts and skills of arithmetic.
Children learn about flowers, trees and plants, their parts and functions, and the important role they play in our environment.
Children naturally show interest in the animal kingdom. The major classes of invertebrates and vertebrates are studied: insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
The globe’s components of land, air and water are introduced. Land forms are then presented. Puzzle maps of continents and countries aid in teaching geography. Children are exposed to other countries’ cultures and ways of living, increasing their awareness and appreciation for similarities and differences.
Composers and Artists With Soul
A different composer is introduced every month. Children learn to appreciate classical music and listen to an array of symphonies. Monet, Van Gough, Degas, Renoir, Picasso, are some of the artists who’s art will be presented to the children, exposing them to a world of beauty and endless ways of self expression through art.
Español For All!
Children learn an extensive vocabulary, courtesy phrases, and basic conversational skills in Spanish through songs, games and activities. Spanish circle takes place daily and Spanish is spoken to the children throughout the day. Each classroom has both an English and a Spanish speaking teacher.