Description: The following is a comprehensive, but not exhaustive group of various skills, which we work to help our children to master: SOCIAL: developing a sense of self-worth & value which we implement through exploring ideas & questions; seeing their work as important; realizing that all people matter. Learning to associate with adults & other children in a positive & caring manner which we implement through including them in rule making process, establishing limits, helping them take responsibility for their actions, self-regulating their own behavior, taking turns, respecting other's feelings, learning that our feelings matter and when it is or is not appropriate to act on them; taking responsibility for materials. PRE-MATH: Counting in sequence, counting objects, distinguishing between numbers & other symbols, recognizing numbers & knowing their names, ordering numbers, matching amount with numeral & simple addition. COLOR SKILLS: encouraged through art activities, games, environments color awareness & discrimination. PRE-READING: encouraged through reading a great deal to our children & allowing them to read along in a book, beginning to recognize own name & names of friends & family, learning the alphabet, labeling, rhyming, recognizing sounds of letters, recognizing simple words. PRE-SCIENCE: cooking, experiments, nature observation, seasonal observation, weather, environment & learning about our own bodies. LANGUAGE: dramatic play, conversation, questioning verbalizing wants & needs, listening, following directions, books, music, rhyming & reading, dictating individual & group stories, experience charts done after events, exposure to new words. SENSE OF AWARENESS: encouraged through visual (smaller/larger, taller/shorter, narrow/wide), hearing (sounds: near/far, music: high/low) taste (sweet/sour, chewy/liquid, salty/bland, bitter/sweet), smell (variety of scents; touch(rough/smooth, heavy/light, warm/cold). SMALL MOTOR: art, painting, drawing, pasting, paper mache,tearing, folding & cutting paper; pouring & sorting: rice, water, beans, sand, buttons, etc. LARGE MOTOR: sweeping, raking, field trips, games which include: running, jumping, climbing, yoga, play equipment for riding, swinging, digging, climbing & balance. SELF-HELP: zippers, buttons, laces, snaps, Velcro, buckles, ties, hand-washing, setting & washing table, taking care of belongings, special jobs. EXTRAS: At times we provide various groups of our children with possibilities for enrichment including movement classes & music classes. These extras are fit in, as we are able & charged directly to parents when fees apply. We go on a limited number of fiend trips, mostly to places in the village, to the library & the park, program on the green, river walk, Mertens House, the Homestead.
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