The intent of this class is to give young students an opportunity to play with their peers and begin to understand school routines. Two year olds are only just beginning to talk well enough to communicate with peers or other adults. We spend much of our time learning how to take turns and share, how to talk to peers rather than be physical with them, and how to anticipate a regular routine and follow rules.
Toys and art projects are intentionally chosen that give kids an opportunity to work on gross and fine motor skills, verbal skills, spatial and mathematical skills. Early literacy and pre-writing skills, allows for creativity, and encourages social interaction.
We begin the day with free choice time which includes two choices of creative art, playdough, puzzles, reading center, sensory table, block center, manipulatives, large motor area, and a dramatic play center. We work together to clean up and learn to stand in line to wash hands for snack. We eat a small snack together, with the intention of trying new and healthy foods, when our parents return to the class to participate in music with the students before dismissal.
This class starts with free choice time where the children learn through exploration and play as they interact with each other. After free choice time the students participate in a whole group circle time. At the beginning of the year, this is mostly singing songs and a short story. As the year progresses, we discuss the weather and calendar and read more complex stories. Circle time is followed by snack time where the students learn how to eat family style, passing the food around the table to share, and learning how to serve themselves. The class then heads outside for gross motor activities. After outside time, the class heads back in for a short music time before heading home. The students in red class learn a wide variety of social skills as they play with each other. The students learn to share toys, ask their peers questions, and use words to advocate for themselves.
Orange: Outdoor Juniors Class
(mixed 3/4's, age 3 by August 31st, toilet training is not required although recommended)
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 12:15pm-2:45pm
Teacher: Mrs. Witham
Bates Fees: $46.68/quarter
Orange Class will be held completely outdoors. This class is intended for students that are ready for more structure and whole group activities at the beginning of the school year. We start the day with whole group discussion on weather and calendar. We move into free choice time where the children learn through exploration and play as they interact with each other. We then move into a second whole group time where we sing songs and read a story. This is followed by snack. We come back to circle time for a short music time before heading home.
As the year progresses, we will have a letter each week the students identify and practice writing. They will also have show and tell and more whole group activities related to specific learning targets. Orange class is also a time of great social and emotional growth as the children learn to share toys, ask their peers questions, and use words to stand up for themselves.
Helpful items for this class include rainsuits or raincoats, rain boots, hats, mittens, handwarmers for our colder days, and a change of clothes in backpacks.
Blue: PreK Class
(age 4 by August 31st toilet training is not required although recommended)
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 12:15pm-2:45pm
Teacher: Miss Kelly
Bates Fees: $46.68/quarter
This class is designed for children preparing for kindergarten. It is 2 1/2 hours long with three circle times. We have a free choice time both inside and outside every day. Blue Class students are learning self control and patience to prepare themselves for an academic kindergarten classroom, still incorporating our play based learning philosophy. We use the Handwriting without Tears curriculum. It focuses on fine motor skills and basic letter recognition. After winter break we begin to journal and practice writing our names on a regular basis.