Programs

Each classroom instructor is committed to creating an environment that promotes the growth and development of each child. Children are encouraged to use and explore a variety of hands-on materials and activities throughout their day.

Our teachers follow a daily schedule, which enables children to feel more secure since they know what activities are going to happen and when. The schedule, however, is not rigid or unchangeable and there are days when it is adjusted to suit the needs and interests of the children.

Content areas

·         Math ·         Art ·         Sensory table
·         Language arts ·         Music and movement ·         Outdoor play
·         Science ·         Dramatic play ·         Multiculturalism
·         Block center ·         Reading corner

Math

We begin by providing manipulatives for children to explore and count. We understand that each child learns at his/her own pace so materials are regularly changed and modified to keep children interested and challenged. In the beginning, the curriculum focuses on sorting, patterning, number recognition and classifying.

Language arts

In order to develop strong language skills, we engage children in meaningful conversations as well as working with printed materials. We also make use of puppets, imaginative play and story time. These activities eventually lead into reading and writing exercises.

Science

We provide opportunities for children to explore, observe, discover, solve problems and make connections. Science learning centers may include fossil study (digging for bones) and magnets as well as examining leaves, flowers and butterflies. Group activities and science experiments are also part of the curriculum.

Block center

Blocks encourage imaginative play and also serve as excellent math manipulatives. In many cases, block displays are allowed to remain standing for a few days since children often like to see their “structure” preserved. The block center serves as an excellent observation point as children are frequently engaged in conversation and creative play.

Art

We use paint, glue, paper, beads, sequins, glitter, yarn, pipe cleaner and many other materials in our art classes. Children are naturally imaginative and creative beings. Art allows each child to develop and enhance these skills.

Music and Movement

Gross motor skills are developed and enhanced through music and movement. By exploring various forms of dance, children improve rhythmic movement and coordination. Music is often used to begin and end our day. We also play music during transitional periods such as cleaning up or preparing for lunch. Additionally, music and musical instruments provide a way for children to learn about other cultures.

Dramatic play

Creative representations of real-life, everyday roles are expressed during dramatic play as children pretend to be firemen, teachers, parents, doctors and a variety of other figures in the community. Imaginary settings, such as a restaurant, bakery, doctor’s office or a campsite are often used. Children practice conversational skills and cooperation as well as math and writing enhancement.

Reading corner

This is an area where children quietly look at and read a variety of books.

Sensory table

Children are invited to handle and explore sand, water, magnets and environmental items, such as leaves or acorns. The table contains measuring cups, spoons and other items that the children can use to dig, pour and scoop. They make discoveries and observe what happens when, for example, water and sand are mixed together.

Outdoor play

A vital and regular part of the curriculum, outdoor play provides fresh air and an opportunity for movement in larger areas. It also helps to develop gross motor skills as children use the climbing structure, jump rope and run around. Outdoor time is an important component of the science curriculum, allowing children to make discoveries about the environment.

Multiculturalism

To help children develop a sense of the world around them, we introduce multicultural experiences by learning about ethnic celebrations and festivals, listening to music, preparing and tasting food from other countries and reading multicultural literature.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact us at 603-880-7304 or email us at info@creative-years.com.