When children play block building, it allows them to think and solve problems. Children learn about sizes and shapes, solve problems, and help grasp and develop basic math concepts as well as use their imagination.
The art area is designed to encourage children to explore colors, textures and materials and in doing so develop their visual, motor and social skills. The freedom to create, explore and experiment with their own work gives them a positive self-image and a feeling of pride about what they have accomplished. Children have an opportunity to use art on the daily basis.
Through use of the Language Center children learn an appreciation of books, increase their vocabulary, learn specific concepts through literature as well as the meaning of written symbols (letters and words).
Library / Media Center
The Library / Media center is a comfortable, restful and inviting place where children can read and listen to stories, rhymes and songs. Books are placed so children can easily reach and then rotated to stimulate interest. There are reading technologies to assist children as they make their way from listening to recognizing words to reading.
Children experiment with writing through scribble, tracing, copying, and drawing. This helps strengthening eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills, recognition of printed symbols and proper pencil grip. Along with the traditional writing tools, there are a variety of technology enhanced learning devices for variety.
This center introduces children to basic computer literacy which is so important today. The use of tablets, laptops and computers with specialized learning software brings more fun ways to reinforce various lessons. From basic math, recognition and memory games, reading readiness skills and eye-hand coordination even fine motor skills get a work out with the assistance of our selected technologies for children.
Manipulative Game Center
Children explore materials, experiment, and discover a variety of ways in which a toy can be used. The manipulative center promotes and support children in expanding their curiosity. Children learn about, classification, sequencing/seriating, size, shape, number, patterns, similarities and problem solving. These games improve small muscle coordination, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, visual discrimination (likeness and differences), and shape and space concepts. This area encourages children’s growth in fine motor skills, thinking skills, and social-emotional skills. The child also learns the fundamentals of number concepts and abstract concepts.
The science center is located close to a low window that permits sunlight. Children are given a hands-on, real life activity that teaches cause and effect with open-ended conclusion and encourages a sense of exploration and discovery. Children learn about the world around them through a hands-on approach. In addition, children will be studying about concepts such as time, space, weight, temperature, weather, seasons, light, and color. This area promotes the intellectual growth of children through stimulating curiosity and develops problem solving abilities. Children are stimulated to use their five senses (taste, sight, touch, smell and listen). The child develops the ability to think, reason, infer, generalize, and classify.
The sand/water table is very calming activity to children and it is irresistible fascination for them. The sand play helps develop the senses, contributes to relaxation and conversation, builds social, cooperative play and problem solving skills, and the development of fundamental skills in quantities, measuring, etc. Water play provides specific concept development such as water pressure, volume, conservation, quantities, evaporation, etc. Children develop their senses through increased sensitivity of how things feel, smell. Concepts that are reinforced through this activity are floating, sinking, texture, weight, volume, size, and evaporation and measuring.
Pretend/Dramatic Play Center
Children have the opportunity to incorporate what their learning about the world around them and how they feel about themselves in the world. They live in a world of pretending in which they are trying to understand. The children develop better understanding of themselves and others and it assists the child in working out ideas of self-identity, family relationships, identity with various adult roles, and the child’s view of the world. Dramatic play also helps the children sort out fantasy and reality and it gives the children an opportunity to experience success and problem solving.
Music and Movement Centers
Through participation in musical games, children build a sense of belonging to and functioning in a group. Creative movement improves their sense of how to move their body through space in an ordered, effective manner. Children learn different sounds, the parts of the body, discover rhythm, and experience the impact of music on their moods. Language, memory and vocabulary skills are increased through learning the songs and movements.