Early Years Preschool features several Learning Centers that are equipped with inviting, age-appropriate learning materials, manipulatives and theme-oriented activities that encourage learning and independence.
Creativity and Art Center - includes painting supplies, pencils, crayons, markers, easels; recyclables such as wallpaper samples, fabric pieces and collage materials; glue and scissors; various paper supplies and magazines (that have been reviewed).
- What children do… Paint, draw and create their own open-ended art using a variety of mediums and materials.
- What children learn… Express creativity and imagination; discover line, color, shape, and texture.
- How children grow… Children develop their memory and artistic expression skills.
Manipulatives Center - includes puzzles, games, and manipulatives for sorting complete set of unit blocks.
- What children do… Count, group, weigh, measure, make patterns, explore shapes, and make comparisons between sets.
- What children learn… Cognitive skills such as patterning, number recognition, counting, and graphing.
- How children grow… Children build small motor, problem solving, and social skills as they work together in groups.
Science and Sensorial Center - includes small shells, rocks, sand, food coloring, magnets, and magnetic items; feathers, leaves, and other items from nature; magnifying glasses and mirrors, including plants, and microscope.
- What children do… Experiment with various sensory materials through theme-related activities.
- What children learn… Explore, solve problems, and make predictions related to various science and nature concepts.
- How children grow… Children extend their curiosity about the world around them and their interests in natural phenomena.
Dramatic Play Center - includes dramatic play furniture, dishes, utensils, place mats, pots, pans, food sets, dressup clothes, a cash register, paper, and pencils.
- What children do… Role-play real life situations within a theme-related context.
- What children learn… Invaluable language, communication, and social skills that lead to future academic success.
- How children grow… Children learn how to creatively express ideas and feelings in a group setting.
Reading and Listening Center - includes children's literature (based on current theme-related literature), magazines, song and poem charts; a CD player, headphones, stories, and poems; soft elements such as rugs, pillows and beanbags; and a bookshelf.
- What children do… Read, listen and respond to many genres of literature from poetry to non-fiction.
- What children learn… Develop reading skills including vocabulary, reading comprehension, letter and paint knowledge, and sound recognition.
- How children grow… Children develop a love for reading and lay the foundation for future learning.
Writing Center - includes pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers; various paper supplies, index cards; recycled magazines (that have been reviewed), menus, books, newspapers; clipboards and notebooks; and magnetic letters and flash cards.
- What children do… Experience writing through a variety of writing materials, including their own personal journal.
- What children learn… Communicate ideas and messages through letters, words, and drawings.
- How children grow… They explore their ideas naturally, creatively, and in a way that enables them to make decisions that enrich their continued writing experiences.
Circle Time Wall
Early Years Preschool Circle Time Wall reflects your child's daily routines. Here, you will find:
- I Spy! - incorporates shapes, numbers and counting, colors and recognition.
- Rhyme Time - great songs, poems, chants and nursery rhymes.
- Weather Watcher - calendar with weather cards to keep track of the weather that day.
- Kids of Character - features character trait of the month.
Our teachers love displaying your child's artwork in the classroom. Public display encourages our budding artists and reminds them that their hard work has meaning and conveys their thoughts and creativity. The teacher will date and label all projects so that you can quickly and easily understand what your child's thoughts were as he/she worked on his/her creation.