The first snow of the season is always so magical to a child. Our Young Explorers got to play with snow from outside, talking about the sensory elements, finding leaves in the snow, and scooping snow into stacking cups. It is always a great idea to help your child explore the world around them. It aides in the development of expression, curiosity, and confidence when you regularly expose your child to new experiences and teach them the words to express those experiences.
TLC follows a unique curriculum that we believe is the most effective way to teach and engage children. This is called Reggio Emilia. Our teachers are always observing what peeks the children's interest and then using those observations to plan educational activities. The pictures below show the perfect example of our play-based curriculum in action. Here is what Ms. Jenna had to say about what sparked the idea and how she utilized their interest and engagement as an opportunity for learning.
"While outside in the mud kitchen we noticed our toddler friends would collect logs and put them in piles to have a “fire” so we decided to bring the campfire inside! We used a big tire and the children went on a hunt around the classroom to gather blocks of any kind to use as wood. We then realized we need flames for it to be a fire! So we got out a bunch of red and orange paper to crumble up and toss in! While sitting by the fire we talked about camping and what we did with our family’s at campfires! Some friends shared that they sang songs, cuddled with mommy’s or daddy’s, and roasted marshmallows! Then we pretended to be firefighters and had to put the fire out! Friends tried to use blankets to cover the fire first, then they began getting cups from our kitchen baskets and filled them with water to pour on the fire! The next day the fun continued as they roasted "marshmallows" over the fire and then got to enjoy some real smores around the fire!" - Ms. Jenna
Yesterday the preschoolers took part in one of our nation's rights as an American, they voted! They talked about voting and what it means to vote. The children were so proud to be able to vote like their parents. They voted for things that were important to them; what kind of theme day to have next Friday. On the Ballot was, A Game Day, PJ Day or an Ice Cream Day.