Our Discovery Blocks of Learning represent the core developmental and learning areas within the Early Learning Program.
Social & Emotional Development and Self-Care Skills
Our primary focus is on ensuring that every learning experience for a child involves their social and emotional growth.
This is a fundamental part of the early learning experience as it creates the foundation for all future learning. The Early Learning Teacher ensures that each child feels supported and encouraged to play and learn both independently and collaboratively within a group, to make friends, to manage their feelings and behavior and to learn to be respectful of themselves and others.
Self-care skills are basic yet critical elements of successful early learning. The Early Learning Teacher ensures that each child is developing age-appropriate self-help and problem-solving skills, such as sharing, utilizing verbal communication, setting up snack, using utensils, zipping, buttoning, snapping, and dressing. Our ultimate goal with practical life skill development is to ensure each child grows to feel more confident and independent in their abilities, and can perform these basic skills in their everyday environment.
Math is everywhere and is easily brought to life for children through real-world examples, interactive play, manipulatives, and teacher-led exercises.
Our goal is to introduce our early learners to the idea that math is a powerful tool to help us understand the world. Math concepts that will be introduced include: days, months, years, numbers, and recognition of shapes, and the sorting and writing of numbers. Additionally, they will explore: problem-solving and other basic concepts of math, including shapes, graphing, quantity and counting, money, weight and measurement.
Expressive Arts: Art, Music & Drama
Art is used as a medium for learning and self-expression throughout our entire program.
Children will have the opportunity for hands-on play with various art materials and a number of artistic concepts. Through art, children will have opportunities to express themselves, experiment and make connections to early academic concepts.
Music is taught weekly by our Early Learning Specialists but also infused throughout the program.
Children are exposed to live and recorded music, sing common children’s songs, and hear and learn classical and global music. They learn about tempo, rhythm, beat, repetition, sequencing, elementary musical note reading, and about different instruments and their sounds.
Drama is taught by our Early Learning Specialists.
It introduces the beginning skills of performance, speaking, singing, dancing, and choreography. The course culminates in a class production using movement and song.
World Discovery is the exposure to the early concepts of what we traditionally call Social Studies and Science.
At these young ages, children are just beginning to discover and understand who they are and the world in which they live. World Discovery begins with a child learning and sharing who they are in the world, their interests, and how and what they like to play with, and extends to understanding our family, our school, our community, city, state, and country and the larger world, holidays and important historical figures. We also examine our world with an introduction to learning about our bodies, the environment, seasons, weather, the earth, planets, geography, geology, plants, and animals.