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.
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.
Children must feel valued.
Children need experiences that utilize their senses.
Children need opportunities for creative exploration.
The children are the “roots” of the classroom.
Special attention is given to each individual child and his/her developmental needs.
Family involvement in the classroom is very important.
Social and emotional development are the key components to learning. They are linked to all other developmental areas.