What do we do in preschool?
Circle time is a group gathering during which we share our ideas, plans, and observations. We focus on our topic for the week. Circle activities are designed to stimulate young childrens thinking, enrich their social skills, and expand their attention span.
Story time is designed to help young children develop and appreciate an enjoyment of literature. Reading activities enhance children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills as well as expand their knowledge base.
Music activities promote listening skills, creative expression, and social skills. In music children can explore sound, volume, tempo, beat, and rhythm.
Gross motor activities give children the opportunity to use their muscles as well as their imaginations as they engage in fun, healthy exercises such as running, jumping, and climbing.
Fine motor activities help improve small muscle development and eye hand coordination. Some common items found in the fine motor area include puzzles, beads and laces, pegboards, crayons, pencils and scissors.
Art activities help young children creatively express their thoughts and feelings. They help reinforce fine motor skills and concept development in areas such as colors, shapes, and size relationships.
Dramatic play activities help children express themselves, practice life skills, improves social skills, increase self-esteem, build vocabulary, and solve problems. Of course, dramatic play is just plain fun!
Science activities offer children many hands on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions, and experimentation.
Math activities offer children opportunities to explore size, shape, patterns, numbers, order, and sequencing.
Sand and water table activities allow young children to experiment with different textures and the properties of different substances. These activities also promote the development of other skills such as math, sciences, and language.
Block play gives children the experience with many different concepts such as shape and size discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills, balance, organization, cause and effect, and classification. Cooperative play skills, problem solving, and creativity are also promoted.