Twos and Threes
The whole world is a potential curriculum for the preschool child. Our curriculum acknowledges and supports the interests that emerge from the daily lives of the children. We believe the value of play is an imperative learning tool for young children. We place emphasis on the day-to-day experience each child gains from doing, rather than how it should be done. Through the use of developmentally appropriate materials, the children’s developing interests will guide the array of topics introduced throughout the school year. The classroom curriculum will be based on the Emergent Curriculum philosophy. The overall goal of the curriculum is to provide experiences that are new and interesting, but also relative to each child’s needs, current and expressed interests and developmental level as evident through teacher interactions and observations. Our curriculum focuses on the integration of each child’s developmental domains including their cognitive, language, fine motor, gross motor, socio-emotional and self-help skills.
During a wonderfully fun and breathtakingly quick period, toddlers turn into young children. From 24 months up to age four we continue to support each child’s development in emotional, cognitive, language and physical growth.
During their Two’s (Little Lambs, Turtles, and Robins) and Three’s (Colts and Pandas) life is full of discovery. We work individually and in community to help the children:
The curriculum focuses on all the important developmental processes of the children and will be integrated in the classroom in the following ways:
The curriculum is flexible and encourages intellectual growth by developing the thinking process. This is fostered by exposure to and exploration of many materials and games.
Fine Motor/Gross Motor Development
Activities to develop large and small muscles are carefully planned to meet individual needs. Children can experiment, discover, progress and achieve at their own rate.
The atmosphere in the classroom encourages the expression of feelings. Children, rather than teachers, suggest solutions for resolving conflicts.
Creativity is fostered by the use of a wide variety of art experience, including cutting, pasting, using clay and woodworking. The children also play with sand and water, build with blocks, sing and make music together and list to and dramatize stories.