Our 3/4 classroom promotes positive interactions between teacher/child, a sense of belonging to a community, and a love of learning. Children are encouraged to socialize with their peers and play with a purpose. Each one of our preschooler’s curiosity is different and so are their developmental levels, so our goal is to arrange our room, our lessons and our activities in such a way that each child develops at their own rate.
Here’s a peek into our room:
The Quiet Corner is an area where children can go to change their inner state from upset to composed in order to optimize learning and self-regulation.
The goal of meeting, is to set the tone for respectful learning, establish a climate of trust, motivate students to feel significant, create empathy and encourage collaboration, while supporting social, emotional, and academic learning. This time allows us to set the tone for the day.
Art and Writing
We plan creative activities with the child’s overall development in mind. Here are some ways that our art activities help support our 3/4’s development. We provide various materials to support large and small muscle development, as well as their eye-hand coordination. Crayons, markers, and paintbrushes helps children practice the fine motor control they will need for writing later on. This area allows children’s active imaginations to take form and invent new ways to create.
This area is for taking a picture walk through the books, learning that letters make up words and for using context clues to determine what the story is about. Often in this area we here our students retelling stories that they have been read to at home
Our manipulative center building fine motor skills such as grasping, twisting pieces together, and pulling pieces apart. This aides in the development of hand-eye coordination and hand strength. The manipulative area also encourage self-talk, discussion, and language development. Children who are allowed to work independently often engage in self-talk, which promotes self-regulation skills and can help gradually lengthen a child’s attention span.
For our students exploring in the science area and discussing science topics helps develop a child’s resourcefulness, particularly their skills at goal-setting, planning, and problem-solving. It also nurtures intellectual curiosity, helping children acquire new ways of asking questions and understanding the world.
Blocks and Building