Materials or activities designed to provide real life experiences for children. They provide a purposeful activity and help to develop motor control and coordination, independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility.
Hand washing, sweeping, cleaning spills, dressing self and putting on coats, setting the table and serving self at meals, washing dishes, and folding towels.
Learning how to button, snap, and zip
Pouring activities with a variety of objects such as funnels and small pitchers
Transferring activities with utensils and droppers
Materials or activities designed to promote the development and refinement of the senses. Sensorial activities provide the opportunity to differentiate by sight, texture, sound, smell or taste.
The pink tower and brown stairs
liSensory bottles and sensory tables with rice, beans, water, beads, etc.
liSandpaper letters and numbers
Language is integrated in the environment in many ways. Teachers encourage the children’s participation in conversations, books are available in the library and read at line time, songs are sung throughout the day, and a variety of activities available on the shelf are designed to expand vocabulary and develop pre-writing and pre-literacy skills. Baby sign language is used in the Nido classroom.
Line Time: reading books, singing songs, flash cards, etc.
The environment is prepared to stimulate movement and promote the development of motor skills, as the children are free to explore the prepared environment. Fine motor materials are provided that help children gain control, coordination, and learn about cause and effect.
Lacing and threading
Cutting with scissors
Yoga, dancing, and out-door play on the playground
Purposeful activities designed to provide real life experiences for children. These activities promote independence in the areas of self-care and caring for the classroom environment, further developing motor control and coordination, concentration and a sense of responsibility.