4's room

4's classroom

This is an exciting year for both you and your child. We are continuously amazed at what children can accomplish when they are interested in an activity. If given an opportunity, children at this age can be very independent and very purposeful in their actions. One of the highlights of the year will be the day we can stand back and observe them as they move about the classroom, engaging in meaningful activities and helping each other as they work.

This is the year that the printed word really begins to have meaning for children, and we will often be involved in activities to expand their knowledge. Some of the Language/Literacy activities that we will be doing include: inviting each child to dictate stories; writing and illustrating books both as a group and individually; writing letters; writing and drawing in journals; reading many book, comparing different versions of favorite stories; comparing the illustrations in book; learning to recognize a particular illustrator’s style; and much more!

Math activities will include: counting everything from how many children are present today to how many steps there are from our classroom door to the playground door; sorting and classifying a wide variety of objects; graphing; making comparisons; sequencing; playing card games and many different math games.

We will explore Science concepts in our Science Center and do many science experiments as a group. Nature and living things especially fascinate children, so we will always have an assortment of live creatures in our Science Center and we will plant a variety of seeds. Anything that we find outside and deem interesting will be displayed on our Science Center table.

Curriculum

The curriculum at Early Discoveries is based on the principals of Developmentally Appropriate Practice, which recognize that children learn best by doing. In the 4 year old classroom, children are empowered to make their own choices and the curriculum is based on the children’s interests, experiences, and developmental needs.

CLASSROOMS

Goals

  • Become enthusiastic learners
  • Work for greater lengths of time independently, in small groups and in large groups.
  • Use words more frequently and successfully to solve conflicts, express emotions, share ideas, etc.
  • Work cooperatively together.
  • Become confident, responsible, caring community members.
  • Make independent choices and deal with the consequences of those choices (positive and negative).
  • Become self-sufficient with daily routines (dressing, cleaning up, conflict resolution, etc.)
  • Self-regulate behavior more consistently
  • Utilize a variety of creative outlets (art, dancing, storytelling, music, movement, building, construction, etc.)
  • Expand language (storytelling, brainstorming, surveys, reading quality literature, journals, exposing children to other languages)
  • Provide an environment where children feel safe, successful, and challenged
  • Provide a variety of activities that encourage emergent literacy and writing, and activities that encourage emergent math skills
  • Expose children to a variety of different topics and experiences (familiar, new, easy, challenging)

Philosophy

Children must feel valued.

  • Speak to children respectfully at their eye-level.
  • Use the children’s names often.
  • Listen to the children’s ideas and concerns.
  • Offer children choices whenever possible.
  • Acknowledge children’s feelings.
  • Incorporate children’s ideas and interests into the curriculum.
  • Always be honest with children.

Children need experiences that utilize their senses.

  • Children need time to interact with the materials and each other.
  • Children must have hands-on experiences.

Children need opportunities for creative exploration.

  • Give children lots of time to experiment and explore.
  • Make time for art, dancing, music, movement, building and construction, dramatic play.

The children are the “roots” of the classroom.

  • They learn from each other.
  • The curriculum is based on the children’s developmental needs.
  • The classroom is a safe place to make mistakes.
  • The environment encourages independence and opportunities to make choices.
  • The children feel empowered in their classroom.

 

Special attention is given to each individual child and his/her developmental needs.

  • The curriculum is geared towards each child’s learning style.
  • Activities, toys and books are chosen to meet the individual needs and interests of the children.
  • Expectations for each child are based on their needs and abilities.

Family involvement in the classroom is very important.

  • Join us on field trips.
  • Read stories to the children.
  • Share family tradition with the class.

Social and emotional development are the key components to learning. They are linked to all other developmental areas.

  • We practice cooperating with others and working independently.
  • We practice sharing in a relaxed, non-threatening way.
  • We take care of each other and ourselves.
  • We are respectful and responsible community members.
  • Feelings are acknowledged.
4's room