Description: Below we have listed 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 and value which we implement through exploring ideas and questions; seeing their work as important; realizing that all people matter. Learning to associate with adults and other children in a positive and caring manner which we implement through including them in the rule making process, establishing limits, helping them take responsibility for their actions, self-regulating their own behavior, taking turns, respecting others' feelings, learning that our feelings matter and when it is or is not appropriate to act on them; taking responsibility for materials. PRE-MATH SKILLS: are encourage through counting in sequence, counting objects, distinguishing between numbers and other symbols, recognizing numbers and knowing their names, ordering numbers, matching amount with numeral and simple addition. COLOR SKILLS: are encouraged through art activities, games, environmental color awareness and discrimination. PRE-READING SKILLS: are encouraged through reading a great deal to our children and allowing them to read along in a book, beginning to recognize own name and names of friends and family, leaning alphabet, labeling, rhyming, recognizing sounds of letters, recognizing simple words. PRE-SCIENCE SKILLS: which we encourage through cooking, experiments, nature observation, seasonal observation, weather, environment and learning about our own bodies. LANGUAGE SKILLS: which we encourage through dramatic play, conversation, questioning, verbalizing wants and needs, listening, following directions, books, music, rhyming and reading, dictating individual and group stories, experience charts done after events, exposure to new words. SENSE OF AWARENESS SKILLS: which we encourage 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 SKILLS: which we encourage through art: painting, drawing, pasting, paper mache, tearing, folding and cutting paper; pouring and sorting: rice, water, beans, sand, buttons, etc. LARGE MOTOR SKILLS: which we encourage through: sweeping, raking, field trips, games which include: running, jumping, climbing Yoga, play equipment for riding, swinging, digging, climbing and balance -- lots of outside play. SELF HELP: zippers, buttons, laces, snaps, Velcro, buckles, ties, hand-washing, setting and washing table, taking care of belongings, special jobs. EXTRAS: At times we provide various groups of our children with various possibilities for enrichment including movement classes and music classes. These extras are fit in, as we are able, and charged directly to parents when fees apply. We go on a limited number of field trips, mostly to places in the village, to the library and the park, programs on the green, river walk, Mertens House, The Homestead. REST: Rest time at Rainbow is a learning opportunity -- part of developing the physical aspect of the whole child. Children are taught rest and relaxation techniques. This relieves stress, rejuvenates the child and provides them important processing time. children lie down on their own mat, relax for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes if the child has not fallen asleep, we will move them to a 'quiet activity area' where they will be offered a choice of activities. Sleeping children will be allowed to sleep and naturally awake.
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