At Happy Home Child Care, the curriculum is plannd weekly. There will always be a program plan posted where parents can see it. In the program plan I provide the following activities will be clearly listed: free play, toys and activities, circle time activities, outdoor play, gross motor, and finally art / sensory activities.
Why have a program plan?
I plan out our day to ensure your child is exposed to a variety of activities daily. We all know if kids had theiry way, they would play with the same tings all day, however this does not provide enough stimulation for children in order to learn new skills. Having different activities gets your child used to following a schedule, and ensures new skills are developed in each developmental domain.
What does my child learn during free play?
During free play your child is learning the following:
- Turn taking and sharing. These are important skills for their social and emotional development
- Decision making. By allowing your child to choose what they will do with their time, it tells them that what they want and what they think, matters.
- The toys I put out during free play also helps develop their fine motor skills, imagination, pre math and literacy skills.
What’s so great about circle time? Aren’t you just signing songs?
- Sitting quietly (a skill that every child needs sooner or later)
- Listening to someone speaking, waiting their turn to speak – the core of communication
- Memorization. Activities such as reading books in circle to help your child develop language, both receptive and expressive, and helps develop an appreciation for literature.
What is sensory play?
Sensory play is exposing your child to a variety of different materials in order to stimulate their senses and aid in their development. Children are also learning descriptive words such as: hard, soft, hot, cold, rough, bumpy, silky, smooth, etc. Sensory play is a great way to introduce math skills to young children as they exprience measuring, volume diplacement (pouring and dumping into various sizes of containers) and mass. It also provides an opportunity to learn about opposing conditions, i.e. hot vs cold, small vs large and rough vs smooth.