Labor and Industry Handbook
We will provide opportunities for growth in each of the areas mentioned in our philosophy through a thematic integrated approach that will involve learning centers focusing around weekly or monthly themes. There will be many opportunities for active exploration and interaction with adults, other children, and materials. Staff will strive to provide activities that are appropriate to the age of the child as well as meet individual developmental needs. Play enables learning.
Opportunities are provided through self-initiated play activities for questioning, exploring, observing, communicating, problem solving, creating, manipulating, and sharing. This happens in dramatic play, block play, art activities, water/sand play, table top learning games, etc.
Language - There are plenty of opportunities for language development and communication throughout the daily program, both through planned activities and interaction with the staff and other children. Listening, reading and expressing ideas are developed through a wide selection of books, videos, filmstrips, records and tapes and other media. Language also develops out of field trips or special activities related to the unit of study.
Hand-on-math - Matching, copying, sorting, classifying, sequencing, working with number concepts, categorizing, and positioning are a few of the beginning math concepts necessary for later competencies in math. Some of these same skills are essential for success in reading. Through manipulating and building with blocks and other building toys, children learn about size, sorting by likenessess and differences, and counting. At the sand or water table, children pour, measure, fill and empty containers. By completing learning games, they learn about likenesses and differences, sorting, classifying and counting. Staff encourages counting and one-to-one relationships. Ordering and logical thinking is emphasized through songs, games and teacher directed activities. Through play and structured classroom experiences, children are constantly learning math concepts.
Science and social studies - A child is curious and eager to explore the world around him/her. Recognizing this curiosity as a tool of learning, the staff will assist by providing objects, pictures, materials, and activities dealing with plants, seasons, community helpers, holidays, other cultures, ponds, oceans, transportation or more. Field trips, guest speakers, art activities, stories and dramatic play and exploration assist in learning more about the world in which they live. The children are given opportunities to develop the scientific process skills of hypothesizing, questioning, following procedures and drawing conclusions.
Cooking activities will provide opportunities to see changes in materials as well as develop sequencing skills.
Physical development - The rooms and daily schedule are equipped to encourage active play and large muscle development. A part of every day, weather permitting, is spent outdoors with free choice activities as well as teacher initiated large motor development activities. These activities develop coordination, muscle control, and opportunities for practice in getting along with others.
Skills in muscle development are acquired through the manipulation of materials such as games, educational toys, puzzles, art supplies and other hands-on projects.
Social and emotional development - Helping children to feel good about themselves and to develop effective relationships with others is an important aspect of our program. Children will have the opportunity to move from individual self-selected activities to small group to large group activities. Each event encourages them to work together on projects, take turns, assume responsibility for their feelings and actions, as well as the consequences of those actions. The staff's role is important in establishing a safe and positive environment in which the children can grow in their knowledge of themselves and others.
Creative experiences - Experimentation, discovery, and creativity are encouraged through art media, woodworking, storytelling, puppetry, music, creative movement and dramatic play. This is encouraged through individual, small group and large group activities. Opportunities of self-expression assist children in learning more about themselves and their individuality. Self expression provides many opportunities to feel proud of their personal accomplishments.
The philosophy is based on the idea that children learn all the time. Their play is their work. Their reward for work is what they learn.