For ALL classrooms, children will be encouraged to primarily learn through play and experiences. Teachers will spend time actively playing and engaging with children to assist with problem solving, ask questions, lead by example, and scaffold learning. We will strive to offer choices as much as possible, work to build esteem by encouraging independence, provide positive feedback and guidance, and guide children as they make decisions. All classes will participate in daily circle times, story times, music and movement activities, and outdoor time (weather permitting). We strive to make ALL experiences FUN! Children will always learn best if they are enjoying the task!
Kingfisher Class: This program focuses on language experiences, social interactions, creative art experiences, music and movement, dramatic play, large motor skills, fine motor skills, sensory and discovery experiences, and much more. Children are expected to be able to function independently in regard to eating, dressing, and toileting. Teachers will use Zoo Phonics to begin associating the animal sounds and motions with lowercase letters. Kingfishers will begin to learn to write their names, practice 1:1 correspondence in their counting practice, work heavily on language development with their peers, and build a foundation for excellent social skills before moving into the Woodpecker class. Fine motor activities will help students build their finger and hand muscles as they prepare for writing. The Kingfishers and Woodpeckers will share a space, allowing flexibility in learning for children who may be ready to try more challenging activities.
The following are our guiding principles as we plan our curriculum and activities. All teachers are truly invested in creating a safe, loving, nurturing environment designed to help your child learn, grow, and reach their full potential!
- Each child is unique and can succeed. Children are individuals with different rates and paths of development. Each child is uniquely influenced by their prenatal environment, temperament, physiology, and life experiences. With the appropriate support, all children can be successful learners.
- Learning occurs within the context of relationships. Caring families, teachers, and other adults matter in a young child's life. Responsive and supportive interactions with adults are essential to children's learning.
- Families are children's first and most important caregivers, teachers, and advocates. Families must be respected and supported as the primary influence in their child's early learning and education. Their knowledge, skills, and cultural backgrounds contribute to children's school readiness.
- Children learn best when they are emotionally and physically safe and secure. Nurturing, responsive, and consistent care helps create safe environments where children feel secure and valued. In these settings, children are able to engage fully in learning experiences.
- Areas of development are integrated, and children learn many concepts and skills at the same time. Any single skill, behavior, or ability may involve multiple areas of development. For example, as infants gain fine motor skills, they can manipulate objects in new ways and deepen their understanding of cause and effect. As preschoolers gain new verbal skills, they can better manage their emotions and form more complex friendships.
- Teaching must be intentional and focused on how children learn and grow. Children are active, engaged, and eager learners. Good teaching practices build on these intrinsic strengths by providing developmentally appropriate instruction and opportunities for exploration and meaningful play.
- Every child has diverse strengths rooted in their family's culture, background, language, and beliefs. Responsive and respectful learning environments welcome children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Effective teaching practices and learning experiences build on the unique backgrounds and prior experiences of each child.