1 1/2 years to 2 years old & 2+ years
Mystery Bag -- Be a Detective!
Our mystery bag project is similar to show and tell but with a twist! The children will take turns choosing an item from home to place in the bag and send it back with three clues as to what it is. The child then presents the bag and the clues to the class at gathering and his/her classmates have to guess the item. This activity builds self esteem verbal skills and problem solving.
Gathered Meeting – You don’t Have to Be a Star to Shine
Each start of the day, the children will have time to share a sentiment with their group, which can be as simple as sharing a Happy Thought. This meeting cultivates a sense of community and respect for one another as well as working to develop language skills and self confidence.
Story Time – Nurtures Love for Books and Reading
Children will enjoy group story time each day. This group activity helps develop language and social skills. Children will also be encouraged to enjoy our classroom library where they can find lots of age appropriate books.
Health & Wellness
The following activities foster a sense of well-being and environmental awareness.
- Yoga: A simple introduction to yoga is done in our indoor play area. Yoga’s benefits are improved strength, flexibility, concentration, body awareness, relaxation, self control and a feeling of well being- and best of all it’s fun!
- Nature Hikes: Children will explore our wooded campus; learn about animals and plants native to our beautiful grounds. Nature projects will incorporate their explorations.
- Gardening: Spring brings wonderful opportunity to introduce children to gardening. The children will nurture seeds and seedlings and harvest herbs that appeal to the senses. The process is rewarding and they will gain respect for the origins of their food.
Gross Motor Development
These activities promote physical movement and development.
- Music & Movement: Children love music and can’t help moving to a song when they hear it! Music & Movement provides opportunities to explore feelings and relationships while developing listening skills, motor skills and creativity.
- Outdoor Play Time: Children will climb, play and swing on our playground. Playground time is part of our daily ritual. In warmer weather children will also enjoy our outdoor water table and sand box.
Fine Motor Development
These activities help develop smaller movement and intricate abilities.
- Art Time: At this age art is all about process,
- the product is secondary. Art provides children with a wide range of sensory experiences and promotes eye hand coordination and of course creativity.
- Blocks/Puzzles/Manipulative: Children will build, touch and experiment while developing eye hand coordination and problem solving skills.
- Dramatic Play: Our dramatic play corner encourages children to imagine and imitate the world around them. Children can play independently or share their playful side together.
- Library: Story time at the Library focuses on early literacy as it helps children develop a joy for learning language and enjoying books. We will the lower school Library once a week where the stories and activities will enhance our monthly thematic units.
- Music: Music, rhythm and dance help young children to build memory skills, listening and vocabulary skills, social skills and teaches them a variety of concepts as they sing about different topics. An introduction to basic instruments will help the children keep the beat. Our weekly music lessons with a specialized teacher will not only build skills but it will bring enjoyment and smiles to all!
- Gym: Children enjoy running, jumping, throwing, catching balls, hoola hoops, frisbees and group activities.
Click here for the Little Friends Curriculum Guide.