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!
Our T/K classroom is set-up with unique learning centers that encourage children to be self-sufficient while they are exposed to a curricular program that extends beyond their preschool experiences. It is a curriculum that is developmentally age appropriate and that prepares students to meet the expectations that are specified in the kindergarten standards. Students achieve more with a sequenced curriculum which meets the individual needs of each child. The teacher focuses on the critical skills to be developed for future success in kindergarten.
Every day at the beginning of the day, they gather together and share stories, talk about their day and plan their learning journey. Being together allows them to get to know their friends, sing songs and play learning games. They assign helpers for the day where the children help out in their classroom to have a sense of ownership and community. The TK class is exposed to a monthly calendar with dates that are important to them and their classroom routine. Using the calendar we count how many days we have been in school exposing the children to a sequential order of numerals.
As part of our Literacy program, the children in this classroom are presented with some of the following concepts:
Each day they have the opportunity to visit dramatic play, block areas, creative arts, science, music, and the sensory table. Children are in charge of choosing which areas they want to explore. The centers are designed to give children independence and are equipped with invitations that promote unique learning opportunities.
Science/Discovery- This center introduces children to scientific discovery, analytical thinking, and problem-solving. Children care for animals, 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, subitizing, seriating, and other number of 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 utensils are rotated through this center to encourage children’s experimentation with writing. Children become authors and dictate to teachers their own words for books or illustrations. These experiences with writing make print accessible for young children and give them a firm foundation for reading and writing development.
Sensory Activities- This table provides 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 firefighters, 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 an opportunity to role-play home/life experiences. It also increases social development, communication skills, and interaction.
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 shapes, balance, symmetry, design, and other mathematical properties.
Music- Here, a variety of musical instruments await the children as they creatively make music and move to the beat. Music exposes preschoolers to rhythm, patterns, repetition, and sounds. Music also helps to develop listening skills, promotes appreciation for music, and helps develop spatial awareness.
"I love the name cards. We have jobs in our class and I like to pick my job."
Austin- 5 yrs old