Our program believes the environment is the “third teacher”. To that end, materials are visually pleasing, furniture is neutral and commercial decorations are minimal. The children are the highlight of the walls. Their individual artwork, photos and families start to shine as the classroom experience grows. Spaces exist for children to play together or alone, in small groups or large, and to run freely outside on the playset, garden or water, mud and sand areas.
Construction area – blocks, including large wooden hollow blocks, unit blocks and unique cars, people and props
Dramatic Play – which changes often, from a space station to an ice cream shop to a doctors office with authentic tools
Language center – uses sandpaper letters, object boxes and fun games for the children to practice letters and sounds.
Listening center – a fun hideaway cube to listen to a books on CD aloe or with a friend
Math cabinet – hands on spindle, counters and bead systems to reinforce quantity concepts of 1-20, tens, teens, decimal system, complex number formation and fractions
Sensorial cabinet -hands on materials teaching discrimination of length, height, volume, diameter, color and shape. Children match and pair things by weight, smell, temperature, touch (e.g rough/smooth) and sound.
Science center – discovery trays filled with bones, feathers, geodes and other natural objects to practice observation and inquiry; parts of animals and plants wooden puzzles and botany classifications
Geography – wooden puzzle maps for each of the continents
Practical life – trays of work aimed at improving fine motor skills needed for self care and care of the environment
Studio – open-ended creative art, material exploration, sensory tubs and weekly cooking project