Many studies support the theory that a motivated child who is actively involved with people, objects and events is the most proficient learner. The child’s activities should include both motor and cognitive interactions with his/her environment. Young children enjoy a variety of movement incorporating both fine and gross motor skills in indoor and outdoor-based lessons.
Children learn by being active and inquisitive and by exploring. They love to discover what their own bodies are capable of and they love to experiment with new materials and equipment.
Firsthand opportunities are needed to help children acquire new concepts. Understanding numbers, pre-reading skills and other conceptual skills are requirements for learning.
The Dorchester Preschool Program was designed to create a highly successful learning experience. This experience includes the following state required early childhood expectations:
Playing and Singing:Children love to play. It’s how they learn. By playing with one another, children not only learn valuable concepts, they learn how to socialize and interact with their peers. Parents and teachers who sing with their children impart a basic love for music and tap into the very rhythm of life.
Motor: Movement incorporates big muscles (gross motor) and small muscles (fine motor). Motor skills enable children to explore, participate and interact in their environment. Motor skills are important for a successful school experience. The ability to respond to the teacher through movement is one of the most important foundation skills for school.
Social Emotional: Children who feel safe and positive within the classroom naturally enjoy participating and being involved with others. Each activity is designed to allow the children the chance to participate at their own developmental level. Each child develops a sense of belonging and an eagerness to share and learn.
Cognitive/Language: Many of the activities are designed to teach children the words needed for following directions. In order to feel confident and to complete tasks, children need to understand the meanings for such basic concepts as: top/middle/bottom, big/little, my turn/your turn etc.
Sensory: The multi-sensory activities are designed to appeal to all learning styles and preferences. Some children are primarily visual learners while others are auditory learners. Some require movement and sensory input while others are overly sensitive to touch. Multi-sensory activities enhance attention, increase awareness and just make learning more fun.
Visual Perceptual: Young children learn in a three dimensional real world. We need to prepare our youngsters for kindergarten and the world of symbols. Many activities are designed to orient them to the use of symbols and how our English Language works. The children learn the basics of shapes and sizes, letters and numbers, reading and writing. (Top to bottom and left to right).
How well children succeed in school and in life depends on the people in their lives. Collaboratively, we will work toward making your children the best people they can be.
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