Little Dreamers believes in a balanced day for your child. We create the perfect mix between quiet and active times, large and small group learning, child-initiated activities and teacher-facilitated activities to create a day full of learning and fun!
Every day we gather together and share stories, talk about our day, and plan our learning journey. Being together allows us to get to know our friends, sing songs, and play learning games. We love a great book!
Children are in charge of choosing which areas they want to explore. Our centers are designed to give them independence and are equipped with invitations that promote unique learning opportunities. Each day they have the opportunity to visit dramatic play, block areas, literacy, writing, creative arts, math/manipulatives, science, music, and the sensory table.
Language- Quality children’s literature is displayed in an inviting manner to encourage children to read and explore books. A quiet corner of the room with comfortable chairs, sofas or bean bags gives children a peaceful reading environment.
Science/Discovery- This center introduces children to scientific discovery, analytical thinking and problem solving. Children care for animals and plants, charting growth and observing changes. Experiments are regularly set up for children to explore and observe.
Math/Manipulatives- This combined center provides opportunities for children to practice number concepts and fine motor skills. Sequencing, ordering, seriating and other number concepts are explored, along with learning numbers and counting.
Creative Art- In this center, there are a variety of arts and crafts materials available for the children to use for experimenting and creating. We use a variety of media and materials for painting. In addition, each room has easels that are available for them to use. Children develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor control and creativity as they explore color, texture, and shape in their art.
Writing Center- A variety of different types of paper and writing tools are rotated through this center to encourage children’s experimentation with writing.
Sensory Activities- These activities provide important learning opportunities for young children. As children pour, sift, fill and measure, they experiment with texture, density and other properties. Sensory areas are also very soothing to children.
Dramatic Play- In this center, children have the opportunity to become fire fighters, fathers, doctors, ballerinas, chefs, or any other role that captures their imagination. Housekeeping props, as well as other open-ended props and project prop boxes, are available for the children’s play. This role-playing provides children with important peer interactions and socio-emotional development. Children learn to cooperate, share and gain self-understanding as well as a positive self-image.
Blocks and Building- This area provides building opportunities for children as they lay out roads, castles and other creative monuments. Children learn visual discrimination, large and fine motor control, problem solving and logical thinking. They experiment with balance, design and other mathematical properties.