Examples of Science topics addressed include:
- a. Nature table – rocks, shells, plants, insects, etc.
- b. Exploring wonders of light through prisms, sunshine, and shadows
- c. Observing, caring for, and playing with guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, or perhaps other animals brought by
- d. Experimenting with balances, weights, and sorting and classifying objects
- e. Experimenting with magnets, soap bubbles, magnifying glass
- f. Exploring natural phenomena out-of-doors in the playground or on field trips
- g. Experimenting with colors – eye droppers and colored water, etc.
- h. Exploring animal habitats such as the ocean, pond, rainforest, and arctic.
- i. Learning about who hibernates and migrates.
- j. Discovering the unusal world of noctural creatures.
Social Studies Topics addressed include:
- a. Sharing materials, toys, taking turns, and getting the teacher’s attention
- b. Using materials freely, but without waste
- c. Respecting the rights and feelings of others
- d. Understanding one’s rights and how to stand up for them
- e. Learning to accept and appreciate differences/multi-cultural
- f. Learning and following everyday routines
- g. Respecting limits imposed for the good of the group
Art Topics addressed include:
- a. Exploration of paint, play dough, paper and paste, chalk, soapsuds, wood, etc.
- b. Expressing creativity in other ways – block building, dramatic play, language and music
- c. Opportunity to express one’s positive feelings as well as providing a safety valve for tensions and aggressions
- d. Exposure to and experience with fine art and famous artists
- a. Unstructured:
2. Spontaneous singing to children to attempt to encourage the children to put their thoughts to music.
Children begin to make up songs about weather, rhyming, etc.
- b. Structured:
Literature and Language topics include:
- a. Developing an enjoyment of books
- b. Widening the children’s vocabulary and knowledge beyond the “here and now”
- c. Encouraging fun with language – rhyming games
- d. Stimulating their verbal expression, encouraging expression
- e. Recording of experiences with the group
- f. Creating original stories as a group
- g. Opportunities to dramatize stories
Physical Education activities include:
- a. The child’s only goal in physical activity is to have fun
- b. Furthering large and small muscle development
- c. Vigorous play inside and outside
- d. Children’s personality development is influenced by their physical skills and their feelings about those skills
- e. Encouraging physical activity in dramatic play, art activities, music, games, etc.
Concepts, math, numbers, and letters
Children will be exposed to numbers and letters through academically age-appropriate activities.