The following centers are available for exploration at various times during the school day. Children may choose from these activities in both the indoor and outdoor environments. The interest areas provide children the opportunity to explore, develop, and expand on interests, skills, and concepts introduced during group time. Daily details are available in the posted lesson plans.
The art center allows children to express themselves creatively and fosters individuality. Children are encouraged to use a variety of materials that represent different textures, shapes, and colors.
Children develop fine motor skills as they practice writing letters and numbers. They build their knowledge of print and pre-literacy skills as they participate in spontaneous and teacher-directed pre-writing activities.
Children are encouraged to develop problem solving skills and experience phenomenon in the natural environment.
The dramatic play center allows children to use role-play to make sense of the world around them. This center also helps develop social and cooperative play skills.
Children develop pre-reading and writing skills during their preschool years. Oral language skills are encouraged through storytelling and puppet theatre. The library is also a quiet space where children can process feelings in an appropriate setting. Children may also participate in the “listening center” with CDs, tapes, books, and headphones.
Music and Movement is an environment where children can experiment and explore a variety of musical instruments.
- Block & Manipulative Center
Children develop fine motor skills as well as cooperative play skills, sorting, and patterning. Children develop social, language, and problem solving skills by working together and taking turns.