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What Do the Children Learn?

Boys Playing With Blocks

In the Block Center I am learning:

• Concepts of shape, size, length and location.
• To create and repeat patterns, developing math skills.
• To cooperate with others and work together.
• To problem solve as I construct with blocks.
• To expand my expressive language as I talk about building and constructing with blocks.
• To see my ideas take form.

• To organize my world using symbolic representation.
• To increase my large and small muscle coordination.
• To experiment with balance and movement.
• About different types of homes and buildings.
• How to compare size, weight, height, etc.
• How to measure, count and place objects in order.

In the Dramatic Play Center I am learning:

• To be flexible in my thinking.
• To try on different adult roles in my play.
• To solve problems, especially socially, through negotiation with my friends.
• To weigh and make decisions and realize consequences.
• To improve and use things in symbolic play to represent something else-form abstract thinking.
• To carry out my ideas with the cooperation of others.
• To exercise my creativity and imagination.

• To sort and organize things.
• To expand my oral language as I talk about the activities that are taking place.
• To develop a positive view of my capabilities as I dramatize familiar happenings.
• About my needs and responsibilities.
• To appreciate diversity in families and communities.
• To understand the needs and responsibilities of others.
• To work out disagreements with my peers.

Girl Playing With Dolls

Kids Playing With Manipulatives

When I work with Manipulatives I am learning:

• One-to-one correspondence, and essential math concepts.
• To make patterns and repeat patterns.
• Concepts of addition and subtraction.
• About symmetry, shapes, order, size, color and design.
• Eye-hand coordination, a reading skill.
• To classify and sort objects based on likenesses and differences.
• Numerical concepts of more and less.

• Logical reasoning.
• To notice details, similarities and differences in objects and to form categories, essential concepts of reading and mathematics.
• About negative and positive space, developing depth perception and the relationship between time and space.
• To develop fine motor control and coordination.
• To understand cause and effect.

In the Art Center I am learning:

• To develop my imagination and creativity.
• Eye-hand coordination.
• To distinguish colors.
• To distinguish shapes.
• To express my feelings and ideas.
• That my ideas have value.
• Relationships of shape and size.
• To begin to develop the small muscles of my hand.

• To understand my world as I experiment with many different materials and tools.
• To experience materials of various texture, consistency, size, shape, location, color and design.
• To develop my small motor coordination by tearing, cutting, painting and scribbling.

Kids Creating Art

Boy With Pencil

In the Literacy Center I am learning:

• To develop interest in a wide variety of books, magazines and other printed materials.
• To predict events told in stories.
• To understand that stories have a pattern: a beginning, a middle and end.
• How to make choices.
• To become familiar with different literacy genres: poems, rhymes, biographies, folk and fairy tales.
• To increase vocabulary.
• To apply previous knowledge to new situations told in stories.
• To learn how to deal with difficult situations.
• To write and create their own stories.

• To appreciate and understand the work of authors, illustrators and storytellers.
• To be exposed to books from diverse cultures.
• To try out and learn about different roles.
• To acquire knowledge of science, math, history, health and safety, and famous people.
• That stories can be told in many ways: flannel board, puppet shows, tapes, books, magazines, etc.
• To learn the importance of print as a means of communication.

When I work with Science and Nature I am learning:

• New vocabulary.
• Concepts of texture, color, size, weight, shape, etc.
• To sort or group objects into categories and observe the likenesses and differences.
• To appreciate nature and develop a sense of wonder.
• To experiment and record my ideas
• To develop problem solving and questioning skills.
• To listen for and appreciate sounds in nature.

• How to chart my observations.
• How to measure and weigh different objects.
• To care for the environment and to protect the world.
• To make predictions and estimations.
• How to classify, compare and contrast.
• To observe changes over a period of time.
• How to manipulate small objects.

Boy In Front Of Green Board