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Transcript of Preschool Curriculum
Grow on PreSchool The Pre-K Curriculum at Foundations to Grow On is designed to meet the cognitive, emotional, social and physical need of the developing toddler ages 2 to 4. The teachers at Foundations to Grow On introduce themes each month. Through story time, play time, circle time, art and music children learn letters of the alphabet, colors, shapes, numbers, months, seasons and more. The children will develop many skills that will help when he or she enters kindergarten. The goal of Foundations to Grow On is to promote a sense of creativity and self esteem in each child.. Start Here Social Cognitive Learning is demonstrated by knowledge recall and the intellectual skills: comprehending information, organizing ideas, analyzing and synthesizing data, applying knowledge, choosing among alternatives in problem-solving and evaluating ideas or actions. ...
Cognitive learning activities:
•Toddlers are able to follow simple instructions. Take the time to give your child instructions to follow each day. Say things like, "give me the ball", or "pick up the sock". Try giving 2 instructions, such as "bring the ball over here, and put it in your diaper bag".
•Role playing activities in a dramatic play area. For example, through playing house, grocery store, or any activity where children take roles, children can learn about counting and mental and symbolic representations of objects. Singing songs that include number concepts. Jan Z. Olsen, OTR, creator of “Get Set for School”, (a Pre-K curriculum based on playful learning techniques) suggests simple songs and finger plays in order to build a cognitive sense of number quantities in a very personal way. Providing a variety of puzzles and blocks. Children can learn to classify, sort, and construct as well as explore relationships of objects in terms of small, big, and bigger.
Emotional Learning activities- Play pass the teddy bear. This games is so that the last person that is holding the teddy bear when the music stops has to hug the bear. This helps the children show emotion in the class and to each other. Make an all about me book. This activity is to let the kids tell what they want everyone to know about themselves. This is a great way to discuss the child’s family pets and other things that they would like the class to know about them. Foundations to Grow On knows how important it is to keep children involved in physical activities. Physical Activities is important to stay healthy and for skill building. Toddlers are developing gross motor skills and fine motor skills. To help with their gross motor skills the students and teachers participate in dancing. This can be freestyle or through popular children songs with movement like “I’m a Little Teapot”, “The Wheels on the Bus”. Defining a child’s gross motor skills can be done playing pretend. Students use their bodies to pretend to waddle like a duck, soar in the air like Buzz Lightyear, and hop like a bunny. Foundations to Grow On has a playground area with swings, slides and an open area that can be used for group playing like “Tag”, “Simon Says” and “Follow the Leader”. This area can be used for outdoor class when weather permits. To help with fine motor skills classes present puppet shows, finger play to songs like “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, and a play kitchen area to help with cooking, cutting, and using tongs to pick up food. The classrooms also have colorful blocks, puzzles, and dolls with clothes to help with dressing and undressing. Foundations to Grow On includes diverse populations with physical activities by learning what different physical activities other cultures have. This could be a learning experiment for all cultures in the classroom. In some communities, familiar games and sports may not be played. For example children in Canada are not very active but they do have physical games they like to play such as cricket, bocce, kabaddi (an ancient Indian game that combines wrestling and rugby), tai chi, yoga and soccer (called football in most parts of the world). This would make it comfortable for cultures that are from Canada and a learning experience from kids that are not. We can learn physical activities from all cultures. Advancements in technology have led the way for a more diverse learning environment for children today. One such advancement is the Your Baby Can Read program suite. Children have many options with this program, one of which is a DVD set. This allows children a classroom environment filled with fun and excitement at home. Lesson plans include: colors, shapes, word pronunciations, and numbers. Another interesting technology is V-Tech, a video game inspired learning suite. The learning objectives are very similar to the Your Baby Can Read suite. The classrooms are designed so no matter where the teacher is she can see all the children. All tables will be short enough for the children to be able to sit comfortably in the chairs. Shelves and storage containers will be no higher than three feet high. There will be cubbies for the kids to store their extra clothes and book bags in. The classrooms will have bathrooms in them so the kids would not have to leave the room for any reason; this is for their own safety. There will be an art center, music area, story area, and a house area in the building. There will be a place where the children will eat. In one corner of the room there will be a place where the children will sit and listen to the teacher give out any instruction that needs to be done. In the classroom there will be colorful blocks and puzzles and books everywhere for the children to enjoy. Outside will designed so that the kids are in a fenced in area with swings and basketball goals. It will also have picnic tables so they can eat outside on nice days. Foundations to Grow on PreSchool
Social skills are developed in the classroom by participating in activities that help the students become more socially aware. Part of becoming a socially aware person is learning to recognize emotions in others. We work with our kids on how to do this, and teach them that facial expressions are an important key. Students play a game called “Pick a Pic”. In this game, students are given pictures with different facial expressions: happy, sad, angry, and excited (each expression is written on the back of each picture). The teachers and students talk about each one going into more or less detail depending on the age group of the class. Then they “Pick a Pic” and guess the expression or act it out. Another activity is playing “Be a Bus Driver.” The students are read a story about a bus driver who spreads his positive vibe to his riders who enter the bus with a gloomy mood. It is important that students know they can “Be a Bus Driver” in many ways. Giving them examples like walking up to a new student in school and welcoming the new student and introducing yourself, holding the door open for others with a smile, greeting teammates with a high five and ,cheerfully greet the teacher in the morning. The Foundations to Grow On strategies and practices are designed to break down the components of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical learning into readily understood skills and exercises. These exercises will allow the students to become more aware, learn and practice their newly acquired capabilities. All of this is done in a nurturing environment that provides encouragement, constructive feedback and positive reinforcement. Preschool Program Design
February 21, 2011
Brook Keller Tocci