The information below will help you build an understanding of what your child does in his or her class-room each day; his/her curriculum. I encourage you to read the information, and then you'll be able to ask your child with confidence, "What did you do in school today?"
• Literacy development helps youngsters build an understanding of language and literature. It includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. These activities help build skills in areas such as communication; vocabulary, letter recognition, and comprehension. Story time is designed to help youngsters develop an appreciation and enjoyment of literature.
• Math activities include hands-on and real-life experiences. They also help youngsters develop aware-ness of numbers, geometry, patterns, measurement, and graphs.
• Manipulatives activities help students improve visual perception, hand-eye coordination, as well as problem solving and social skills. • Circle time is a group gathering during which the day's plans, ideas, and observations are shared. Circle activities are designed to stimulate youngsters' thinking, enrich their social skills, and expand their attention spans.
• Art activities help youngsters 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, improve social skills, increase self-esteem, build vocabulary, and solve problems. And, well, dramatic play is just plain fun!
• Music activities promote youngsters' listening skills, creative expression, and social skills. In music, children can explore sound, volume, tempo, and rhythm.
• Science activities offer children many hands-on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions, and experimentation.
• Sand and water activities allow youngsters to experiment with textures and the properties of different substances. These activities also promote the development of other skills, such as math, science, and language.
• Block play gives children 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 in block play.
• 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, lumping, and climbing.
• Fine-motor activities help improve small-muscle development and hand-eye coordination. Some common items that can be used in developing skills include puzzles, laces, pegboards, and crayons.