2.9 years - 6 years
In preschool, open-ended curriculum experiences nurture children’s development in all four areas: emotional, cognitive, social, and physical. The environment created by teachers provides children with a safe place to explore. Curriculum areas dictate clear expectations where children learn to make choices of interest. Clear expectations provide children with the opportunity to practice behavior in negotiating, problem-solving plus respect for materials and peers. This classroom strives to nourish internal ownership of their success in all skills developed throughout the year. Classroom consistently includes playdough, water table, sensory table, science corner, easel, blocks, book corner, dramatic play area, puzzle area, manipulative table, and an area where children have daily access to tape, markers, scissors, and crayons. Our goal is to cultivate self-help skills through consistency
This month, the preschoolers enjoyed a STEM activity called "The Melting Rainbow." The children all got to experiment with this wonderful science/sensory activity. The children were given Skittles to line the edge of their plate in a circle. Then they were assisted with slowly pouring water on the plate. Many were so curious on the "how" and "why" of the results that they kept on saying they were magicians.