OUR CLASSROOM AND WHAT WE LEARN


AT CIRCLE TIME

  • To listen, sit still and understand spoken language
  • To add my ideas to the discussion and that my ideas have value
  • To wait when others are talking
  • New vocabulary connected with the topic of discussion
  • To remember the words of songs and poems
  • To remember the names of others in the group
  • To cooperate and be considerate of the needs of others

IN THE DRAMATIC PLAY AREA

  • To be flexible in my thinking
  • To express myself in sentences
  • To try on different adult roles
  • To solve problems, especially socially, through negotiation with friends
  • To sort and organize play things
  • To make decisions
  • To improvise and use things in a symbolic way to represent something else: a form of abstract thinking
  • To carry out my ideas with the cooperation of others
  • To exercise my imagination and creativity

PLAYING WITH BLOCKS, CARS AND TRUCKS

  • MATH AND READING – Concepts of shape, size, length and location
  • MATH – Creation and repetition of patterns
  • How to exercise my imagination
  • How to express my ideas
  • How to co-operate with others
  • How to problem solve.

PLAYING WITH WATER, SAND AND RICE

  • MATH – Concepts of empty, full, volume and weight
  • SCIENCE – Some things sink while others float
  • SCIENCE – Concepts of wet and dry
  • Building and reshaping the water and sand in buckets and other containers
  • Hand eye coordination as I learn to pour

PAINTING AT THE EASEL

  • MATH – Size and space relationships
  • PRINTING – hand-eye coordination
  • How to distinguish between and make new colours
  • How to distinguish shapes and purposely create new ones
  • How to express my feelings and ideas

READING IN THE LIBRARY AREA

  • READING – to begin recognizing shapes and sounds
  • To associate spoken and written word
  • To develop my imagination and creativity
  • To concentrate and sit still
  • to understand that the pictures in a book tell us what the words say
  • to understand that the words on the page go from left to right
  • to see that the letters together make words and sentences
  • that reading a book over and over helps me to learn the words and gain confidence as a “reader”

AT THE CREATIVE CENTER (CRAFT TABLE)

  • How to express myself creatively
  • Success at making something myself that I can be proud of
  • Hand eye coordination
  • Hand dexterity
  • How to follow instructions

PLAYING WITH PLAY-DOH

READING – to see shapes against the background of the table
· MATH – concepts of shape, relative size, bigger and smaller, length and height
· How to see negative space when cutters are taken away
· How to express feelings by squeezing and pounding
· How to exercise my imagination and creativity


AT THE SORTING TABLE       

  • MATH – to notice the details of same and different and form categories
  • MATH – The numerical concepts of more than and less than
  • The concepts of colour, size and shape
  • Logical reasoning