INTEREST AREAS

 

Our physical space is divided into interest areas that is ideal for children to explore, make things, experiment and pursue their interests. Separate interest areas offer children a range of clear choices that make them feel more comfortable and play more positively.

Interest areas are:

 

Art

Art is an integral part of our curriculum. Every day, children find a variety of art materials available on our shelves. Drawing, painting, pasting, moulding, and constructing are not only enjoyable but also provide significant opportunities for learning. Children express their ideas and feelings, improve their coordination, learn to recognise colours and textures, and develop creativity and pride in their accomplishments by exploring and using art materials.

 

When children are engaged in art activities, we talk with them about what they are doing and ask questions that encourage them to think about their ideas and express feelings.

 

We are just as interested in the creative process as we are in what children make. We say things that will encourage children to be creative and confident, such as

“Tell me about your picture” (instead of “Is that the house you drew?”)

“It looks like the play dough is sticking to your fingers. What could we do to make it less sticky?”

Blocks

The hardwood unit blocks you see in our classroom are among our most valuable learning materials. They come in proportional sizes and various shapes. When children build with blocks, they begin to understand math concepts. For example, they learn about volume when they find the number of blocks that fill a specific space. They compare the heights of their buildings and learn about geometric shapes (triangles, squares, and rectangles). When they lift, shove, stack, and move blocks, they explore weight and size. Each time they use blocks, children make decisions about how to build structures and solve construction problems.

 

Children often use blocks to represent the world around them, perhaps a road, a house, or a zoo. As they work together, they learn to cooperate and begin to understand friendship. To promote language development and expand children’s play, encourage them to talk about what they are doing. Here are examples of what you might say and ask:

“I see that you made a tall apartment building. How do people get to their floors?”

“Where do people park their cars when they come to the shopping centre?”

“Would you like to make a sign for your building?”

 

These questions and comments make children more aware of what they are doing and encourage them to try new ideas.

Cooking

Cooking is an essential part of our program. When children cook, they have opportunities to learn about nutrition, to be creative, and to prepare their healthy snacks. Cooking teaches a lot of academic skills, too. When children learn to follow picture recipe cards, they develop skills for reading and writing. Measuring ingredients gives them a lesson in math. Whipping egg whites and melting cheese are lessons in science.

 

When children cook, we talk a lot about what they are doing and why. They are scientists, observing what happens to flour when they add water to it and predicting how high we should fill a muffin tin, so the batter doesn’t overflow.

 

When we prepare the unique foods of each family, your child learns to appreciate the cultures of everyone in our class. Perhaps you have some favourite family recipes that you would like to share with us. Please give them to us at any time. We will love it, too, if you come to our Cooking area and introduce the class to your child’s favourite foods.

 

Cooking is an exceptional part of our program. It is one of the few activities children get to do that is also done by adults. In their dramatic play, children pretend to be grown-ups who make and serve meals. They even read books and sing songs about food, but while cooking, children behave like grown-ups.

Discovery Area

Young children have many questions about the world around them. They ask, “Where did the puddle go?” “What do worms eat?” “How can I make my truck go faster?” “Do fish go to sleep?”

 

In our classroom, the Discovery area is a place where children explore and investigate to answer their questions. They observe, experiment, measure, solve problems, take things apart, and handle the materials and living things we put out. They predict what will happen as a result of their actions.

 

In the Discovery area, children do what scientists do. They ask questions, plan and conduct investigations, gather information, construct explanations, and communicate findings. They also learn valuable scientific concepts as they study plants, animals, magnets, properties of materials, light, shadows, how things work, rainbows, the human body, our senses, how things move and change, and more. In addition to learning science content, they learn how to solve problems together and how to communicate with others.

Dramatic Play

In the Dramatic Play area, children take on different roles and enact real-life experiences. They use
props and make-believe to deepen their understandings of the world.


Pretending is very important to your child’s development. Children who know how to develop
useful vocabularies, which are essential for reading. They learn to cooperate with others,
solve problems, and think abstractly. All of those skills are important for success in school. When
children pretend, they recall and re-create experiences. To do this, they need to form mental images.
For example, to play the role of a doctor, children have to remember what tools a doctor uses, how a
doctor examines a patient, and what a doctor says. In playing a doctor or other roles, children learn
to cooperate with others and share their ideas.


When children make believe, we talk with them and participate in their play to extend their
thinking. We might ask,
“Is your baby sick? What are you going to do?”
“Are you the storekeeper here? I need to buy some food.”
“What are you cooking for dinner tonight? It smells terrific!”

Library Area

The Library area is a critical part of our classroom and your child’s life. It is where
children gain the foundation for reading and writing. It is also a place where children can
relax and enjoy the wonderful world of children’s books.


We encourage children to look at books, listen to recorded stories, retell stories, and scribble
and write throughout the day. Sometimes children dictate stories that we write down and
bind as books.


We read stories with the children every day. Reading introduces new ideas, helps children
learn how to handle problems, and encourages them to love books. As children listen to us
read, their reading skills begin to develop. Here are some of the things we do as we read:
• We look at pictures and ask, “What do you see?”
• We encourage children to predict what will happen next. For example, we ask,
“What do you suppose will happen now?”
• We encourage children to repeat words, rhymes, and phrases they are learning.

Music and Movement

We do a lot of singing and creative movement in our program. Singing and moving to music
gives children a chance to hear and appreciate different kinds of music, express themselves
through movement, and practice new skills. The children love our daily time for singing
together, and it helps them learn to cooperate in a group. Here are some of the things we do
to encourage a love of music and movement:
• We listen to many different kinds of music.
• We play instruments to make our music.
• We give the children coloured scarves and paper streamers to use as they move to music.
• We chant during daily routines such as cleaning up.
• Sometimes we take a digital device outside and play jazz or folk music. The children dance
and act out songs.

Outdoor Play

Physical exercise and fresh air are essential for your child’s health and well-being. We
take children outdoors every day so they can run, jump, swing, climb, and use all of their
large muscles. They move around, breathe fresh air, and catch balls and bugs. They lie on
the ground to watch clouds and birds, and they climb high to look down. We talk about
the things children see, hear, touch, smell, and feel so they become aware of changes in the
weather, the seasons, plants, and animals.


Playing outdoors helps your child learn to
• notice and appreciate the natural world
• discover how water puddles during rain and disappears when the sun comes out
• follow shadows
• use his or her body in increasingly skilful ways

 

We encourage children to wonder about what they see by asking questions like these:
“What do you notice?”
“Where do you think the birds are going?”
“How are the flowers different? How are they the same?”

Sand and Water Play

Although you’re probably used to seeing your children splash in the bathtub and dig in a
playground sandbox, you may be surprised to know that the Sand and Water area is an
important part of our school program. Both sand and water are natural materials for learning.


When children pour water into measuring cups, they are exploring math concepts. When
they drop corks, stones, feathers, and marbles into a tub of water, they are scientists who are
investigating whether objects sink or float. When they comb sand into patterns, they learn about
both math and art.


We encourage children to experiment with these materials. As they do, we ask questions to
focus their thinking on their discoveries. Here are some examples:
“Now that we’ve turned the water blue, what should we do with it?”
“How did the water change when we added the soap flakes?”
“What can wet sand do that dry sand can’t? What can dry sand do that wet sand can’t?”
“How many of these measuring cups of water do you suppose it will it take to fill this quart
pitcher?”

Technology

In our program, we are delighted to have computers and other mobile digital devices as
Learning tools for the children. When they use these devices, children
• become comfortable with technology
• develop beginning reading and writing skills
• begin to understand math concepts such as counting and numerical relationships
• learn to express themselves creatively
• solve problems and start to do research


We encourage children to work at the computer or with the tablet in pairs or small groups.
This helps them learn from each other and supports their social skills. While the children
are working with the technology device, we ask them questions to help them think about
what they’re doing:
“What made you decide to choose this app?”
“How can we use the computer to send a copy of your painting to your grandparents?”
“What would you like to do with the printouts you made today?”


By working with children in these ways, we not only encourage their development and
learning in all areas, but we also help prepare them for a future in which they will need to
know how to use computers and other digital devices.

Toys and Games

Toys and games include puzzles; various table blocks; small construction materials such as
small plastic building blocks; board games; and collections of objects (including shells, bottle
caps, and buttons). When children use toys and games, they explore how things work, use
their imaginations, strengthen and control the muscles in their hands, work cooperatively,
solve problems, and learn content area concepts.


When children use toys and games in the classroom, we encourage them to talk about what
they are doing. For example, we might say,

 

“Tell me about the design you made.”
“How did you get those rings to fit together?”
“Can you tell me how the blocks you picked out are the same?”

 

Such questions and comments help children develop thinking skills.

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