Activities

Snack & Cooking

This is a moment for sharing stories and strengthening friendships. It is a vital routine which helps the children learn about interaction with others and about manners as well.

Poems

Through the use of poems, children learn about routines and procedures, such as brushing our teeth and cleaning up.

Perception and skill development

These skills belong to the sense: smell, hear, touch, taste and sight. Perception in connected to the manner in which the brain processes information while using the senses. These are some ideas that can develop and exercise our senses, improving our perception:
*Explore, identify and compare:
– Textures        – Sounds
– Images          – Smells
– Flavors

Arts and Crafts

Through the exploration of creative activities, children develop a sense of spontaneity and learn how to use their imagination. These skills are vital to the Whole Language method as well as the Multiple Intelligences Theory.

Fine Motor Skills

These skills are generally associated to the muscles that form the hands. They include dexterity, coordination, speed of the finger muscles, and flexibility of the wrist and eye-hand coordination. Some activities to develop suck skills are:

– Building with small blocks, such as Legos.
– Inserting objects into small spaces.
– Beading.
– Painting.
– Coloring.
– Tying and untying.
– Cutting.
– Buttoning and unbuttoning.

Gross Motor Skills

The skills developed in this area are: balance, posture, coordination and muscle strength. Some activities are:

– Walking
– Running
– Climbing
– Jumping
– Hopping
– Skipping
– Throwing and catching.

Language / Cognitive

Language development can be found in all areas through the curriculum. It relates particularly to the cognitive area since it helps on the developmental of problem-solving, experiences in sorting and evaluating, remembering and recollection of previously learned concepts. Some examples that can be found in the curriculum are:
– Naming: objects, colors, shapes.
– Understanding position and directionality.
– Identifying objects and their use.

Logical Mathematical Development

The development of this area depends mostly on the manipulation of different materials such as blocks.
Some activities that enable the acquisition of this area are:

– Making patterns
– Comparing
– Sorting and classifying according to different attributes
– Organizing
– Measuring
– Understanding concepts such as: amount, shapes, space, numbers and number symbols.

Scientific Thinking Development

This area creates a sense of curiosity in children, allowing children to use their senses when exploring, experimenting and questioning their surroundings.

Social and Emotional Skills

This area explores the skills that human being possesses and develops when interacting with others and with their surrounding environment.

Children learn such skills when:

– Taking turns.

– Sharing.

– Giving and receiving help.

– Greeting others.

Through interaction with their surrounding environment, children learn:

– To care for their belongings.

– To clean up after themselves.

– To work cooperatively with others.