Daily Classroom Activities
Children learn to experiment, explore and discover, ask questions, and solve problems by interacting with the materials and equipment present in the classrooms. Materials and equipment are specifically chosen based on the possibilities for learning that they possess. The more open-ended an item is the more potential it has to inspire a child. The classroom staff guide the children through experiences in the classroom by talking with them about what they are doing, setting up problems to solve, and encouraging them to try different things. Children’s self-selected work in classroom learning centers occupies much of their daily schedule. The remainder of their day is devoted to the following:
- Music and Movement—Children learn to enjoy musical sounds and rhythms, to move their bodies to the beat of music, and to sing songs and chants. Involvement in music activities has shown to increase mathematical knowledge in young children.
- Social Emotional Learning/Building Classroom Community – We feel that the social & emotional development of children is the building block to all future learning. Building healthy practices now creates learners who are problem solvers, who can work independently as well as collaboratively, who learn to respect the thoughts, ideas and feelings of others, and are ready and willing to take on new challenges as they arise.
- Outdoor/Gross Motor Exploration—Children learn to use their large muscles to run, jump, skip, hop, play circle games, ride wheel toys and do simple exercises. Having daily experiences with nature allows children to connect with the larger world around them through sight, touch, sound and smell.
- Small Group Activities—Children work with classroom staff on specific skill development, language development and play scenarios. Small groups of children also work together on specific topics of interest to them, on material exploration in the studio and in the library.
- Language & Literacy Activities—Children develop language through book reading, storytelling, finger plays, poetry and dramatization. Language development is woven into the fabric of the entire day through conversational exchanges, planned language/literacy activities and what we like to call “word play”. The center uses the Heggerty System for Phonemic Awareness which teaches children about the parts and practices of the English language. Additionally the Creative Curriculum for PreSchool System is implemented in all classrooms across both sites. The Creative Curriculum system is a comprehensive system that integrates literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts and technology.
- Assessment/Observation of Children’s Learning – Classroom staff observe and document children’s learning in a variety of ways. Work samples, anecdotal notes, language samples and checklists are completed to monitor the learning that is occurring daily. Teachers use the Teaching Strategies Gold, or TSG system, to track and store all the information that they are gathering. This information is used to monitor each child’s current progress, determine the next steps in learning, plan classroom experiences and activities and assess the overall growth and development of the children.
- Library, Studio, Music Classes and Yoga - Additional opportunities to support the growth and development of all students exist through the implementation of library, studio, music and yoga instruction. At the 113th Center the children recieve additional support through participating in Library, Studio and Yoga classes. At the Kedzie site the children receive Library, Studio and Music classes.
About Each Classroom
- Room 102 Teacher: Amanda Koerber, Dianna Feltman and Kiara Pugh
- Room 103 Teachers: Sean Halloran, Colleen Rivera and Mise Payne
- Room 104 Teachers: Mary Clifford, Megan Radon and Pam Gilchrist
- Room 105 Teachers: Raven DiMichelle, Saryu Gruschow and Terry Boike
- Room 106 Teachers: Karla Curtis, Amy Basinski-Long and Joe Jager
Room 107 Teachers: Rose Major, Vickie Mulcrone and David Aldridge
- Room 202 Teachers: Jessica Meland, Tiffany Thomas and Maribel Rodriguez
- Room 203 Teachers: Lisa Healy, Lauren Paramore and Alison Winkler
- Room 204 Teachers: Carrie Comer, Jenna Finn and Patty Barrios
- Room 205 Teachers: Margaret Desmond and Talia Cahue
- Room 206 Teachers: Francie Conway, Felicia Williams and Audrey Harding