At Blossom we believe children need a blend of structure and open ended curriculum, new and familiar learning to have success each day. Children learn through teachable moments, scaffold of language and themes, repetitive learning experiences and emergent curriculum. Learning is inter-related, i.e, a lesson in number concepts may be related to Science and Language Arts. Learning usually occurs as ‘a whole', is individualized and grows in strength and progression. We provide a well rounded curriculum that includes academic expectations of STEAM in early childhood education.
We begin our collaborative learning each day, at circle time. This is where the seed of curiosity is planted and 'whole' learning takes place. There is spontaneity within a structured learning time that encourages social learning. Children share stories, extend on language, learn letter and number concepts, talk about the weather/season, discuss themes and projects and share invaluable stories. At circle we practice Kindergarten readiness skills like listening and turn taking. Circle time is also a singing and story time as well as rewards and re-inforcement time.
Music and Movement
A fun way to express oneself is with music. It is important that children feel free and secure to express their emotions and explore their sense of rhythm and movement. Children are introduced to musical instruments, favorite children's songs and dance. They learn without inhibitions and have fun in initiating their own movements with rhythm.
Pretend play is the most dramatic time of the day. Children immerse themselves in a world of fantasy, as they dress up and enjoy pretending to be their favorite role models. Children learn about people and cultures around the world. They learn about similarities and differences and practice skills they see in real life. Through dramatic play, children gain a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them.
Children enjoy playing house, talk on the phone, take care of baby and cook as well as follow their role models, be a mom or dad, nurse, firechief or a vetenarian. A purpose of fun and value is always achieved from every experience. The ability to share and experience develops a child’s confidence, pride and related language skills. Sharing and learning empathy and kindness is essential to all learning.
Science and Nature Experiments
Learning about nature and our environment is an enthralling experience for a child. Using the senses and hands on experiences, children learn to observe changes in the environment; i.e. may it be cooking experiences, change in color of leaves, weather conditions or seasons. Learning about predictable changes and appropriate scientific terms, make up a pre-schoolers understanding of nature and science and the world around. Mixing colors, learning about plant life and growth, understanding life cycles of favorite animals and insects and unpredictable changes that occur in the face of the earth are topics that children love to learn about. Children learn about health, hygiene and nutrition and other areas that compliment learning on a regular basis.
Gross motor control includes balance and stability. Children tend to develop their gross motor skills prior to fine motor skills. Movements such as running, jumping, hopping, galloping and skipping, all use large muscle structure. Physical manipulations such as kicking, bouncing, throwing and catching ball are integral in building gross motor skills in children.
The use and practice of small muscles, as in cutting, use of pincher grasp as in ripping paper, eye hand co-ordination as in beading, manipulating small objects such as the use of writing tools involve the development of fine muscle skills. Fine and gross motor skills are developed in collaboration with indoor and outdoor activities, on a daily basis.
Language and Social Development
Use of expressive language supports a child's language development. Language Arts experiences such as finger play and puppets, rhyming, picture story writing, predicting sequence of stories, role playing and story telling, support children's growth in the area of language and cognitive development.
The skill to develop friendships, playing with other children and getting along with friends are important life long skills, learned in childhood. Social development is the foundation of learning at Pre-school. Initiating play, being creative about play ideas, helps build a sense of self and develops a balance of emotions and a positive sense of belonging, vital to social development.