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OUR LEARNING CENTERS

Learning centers are the heartbeat of the classroom. The centers themselves are learning tools and the focus of the children’s learning experiences. Listed below are the areas in each classroom which foster Social and Physical development, and give the children their foundation for learning.

SENSORY MOTOR DEVELOPMENT

  • Stimulates the five senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste.
  • Aids in developing oral language (through conversations and discussions)
  • Stimulates imagination
  • Encourages creative expression
  • Encourages group cooperation
  • Supports the development of impulse control
  • Encourages turn taking
  • Creates opportunities for cause & effect observations and understanding

BLOCKS AND MANIPULATIVES

  • Enhances spatial relations
  • Strengthens fine motor skills
  • Introduces concept of form
  • Provides an area for role playing
  • Stimulates sensory development
  • Encourages creative expression and enhances imagination
  • Introduces instructional language terms such as: top, below, under, over, etc.
  • Encourages group cooperation
  • Creates opportunities for shared materials/shared space
  • Allows children to identify and label shapes
  • Creates the opportunity for children to see separate shapes put together to create a whole (parts of a whole)

ART

  • Stimulates creative expression and imagination
  • Develops hand-eye coordination
  • Provides practice in visual discrimination
  • Develops pre-writing skills
  • Enhances small muscle development
  • Explores various tools in an art medium
  • Encourages self expression
  • Encourages recognition of diversity
  • Supports turn taking
  • Provides direction following opportunities

LANGUAGE

  • Increases positive self-image and encourages creative expression
  • Enhances identification and classification skills
  • Strengthens visual discrimination and auditory skills
  • Introduces sequencing and association skills
  • Develops listening skills and promotes oral language development
  • Strengthens fine motor skills
  • Encourages the development of descriptive language

MATH

  • Enhances classification skills
  • Strengthens color, shape and size recognition
  • Develops matching and problem solving skills
  • Strengthens visual memory and rote counting
  • Fosters hand-eye coordination
  • Enhances sorting skills in which one item fits in various sub-categories
  • Encourages patterning and one to one correspondence
  • Develops quantity awareness (more, less, same)

DRAMATIC PLAY

  • Promotes role-playing
  • Stimulates imagination
  • Develops oral language and enhances self help skills
  • Stimulates and develops large and fine motor skills
  • Encourages communication skills and group cooperation
  • Children recreate real life situations using previous knowledge

SCIENCE

  • Stimulates the five senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste
  • Develops recognition skills
  • Develops observation skills, predictions and classification skills
  • Contributes to the understanding of cause and effect
  • Opportunities for experimentation
  • Creates an understanding and respect for nature
  • Explores sensory and physical changes
  • Fosters growth, change and diversity
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