3 - 6 years
As children get ready for more advanced learning, especially in the areas of math, language, and culture, they will be transitioned into our Children's House.
All of the skills from the Toddler Program will continue to be practiced in the Children's House. Here are some additional areas of learning that will be incorporated for our 3-6 year olds.
Practical life. The cornerstone of the Children's House program is the development of practical life skills. Focus is placed on the process of learning each skill, not the particular outcome. Young children practice the skills of getting dressed by exploring frames equipped with various types of latches and closures. They develop hand-eye coordination and graceful movement by learning how to pour water from a pitcher and wash their hands. Polishing metal and dusting surfaces gives these children a chance to take pride in their environment and speaks to their desire for order in a space.
Math. Children in this group begin develop a refined sense of quantity and spatial awareness. They practice ordering rods of different lengths from shortest to longest. They use constructive triangles to understand how different shapes can occupy the same space. They are introduced to equilateral, isosceles, and scalene triangles. They practice with sandpaper numerals to learn how to write each number and the quantities associated with it.
Language. Circle time at the beginning of each day is a time for checking in with each student and practicing the social norms of holding a discussion. Children are encouraged to use descriptive language to speak about their world. After practicing tracing the shapes of sandpaper letters, they being forming the shapes on their own in sand trays. A moveable alphabet introduces them to putting letters together on their own.
Geography, science, and art. At this age, children become interested in the world around them. We introduce them to maps, globes, and different land and water forms. We discuss the parts of plants and animals through botany and zoology puzzles, and children have hands-on experience with planting and tending a garden. Part of their introduction to science includes caring for the classroom pet. We also do daily art activities and teach children basic color theory.