Structured play, class discussions, songs, poems, music, stories the use of classroom manipulatives, and the exploration of language, science, and math concepts help to develop and expand on children's cognitive thinking skills, preparing them for kindergarten.
Language & Literacy
Language & literacy are developed in the classroom through social interaction; dramatic play; songs; music; stories, alongside extended discourse; word, alliteration; rhyming games; felt story-boards; classroom discussions; daily lessons in letter recognition and letter-sound correspondence; weekly vocabulary words; writing; and the viewing of books.
All activities both in and outside of the classroom are an exercise in the acquisition and development of fine and gross motor skills, from getting dressed for outdoor play, practicing writing skills, working with manipulatives, doing art projects, eating and drinking to climbing, playing and exercising.
Research has shown that promoting and reinforcing executive function skills, while in early childhood, leads to greater academic and social success in adulthood. Set rules and procedures encourage children to listen carefully, to follow directions, and to remain focused and seated for longer and longer periods of time. In turn, this promotes capacities for sociability, responsibility, and self-control. Group activities such as "Circle Time" and playtime amongst peers encourage children to learn how to get along well both one-on-one and within groups.