Our staff will:

Foster positive self-identity and a sense of emotional well- being:
• Each child’s physical and developmental needs will be addressed.
• Help children talk about what they see, do and like.
• Use children’s names frequently in songs and games.
• Display children’s work and photos of children and their families.
• Encourage children to draw pictures and tell stories about self, family and their life experiences.
• Provide opportunities for children to initiate activities, develop and demonstrate control of their bodies and self help skills.
• Provide learning experiences that respond to the children’s individual differences in abilities and interests.
• Provide learning experiences in which children can succeed most of the time and yet be challenged on developing their capabilities.

Develop social skills:
• Use the space and time for small groups of children to build blocks together or enjoy dramatic play.
• Coach children who have difficulty entering a play situation or making constructive use of child chosen activity.
• Provide opportunities for sharing, caring and helping.
• Explore ways to respond to biased comments and behaviors.
• Allow opportunities for children to work and play alone as well as in small or large groups.
• Provide opportunities that support children’s beginning friendships.
• Engage children in setting and enforcing the classroom rules.

Encourage children to think, reason, question and experiment by:
• Planning activities for labeling, classifying, sorting objects by shape, color, size.
• Providing opportunities to learn basic science and math concepts.
• Discussing daily and weekly routines in terms of time concepts and season.
• Extending children’s thinking and learning by adding new materials, asking open ended questions, offering ideas or suggestions, joining in play, and providing assistance in problem solving.
• Involving children in observing and investigating natural events and objects.
• Creating opportunities to use number and counting
• Taking walks to experience the outdoor environment
• Encouraging water and sand play and the use of different materials in play
• Planning for new learning experiences developmentally appropriate for children in your class

Encourage language and literacy development
• Read books and poems, tell stories about experiences, talk about pictures, write stories created by your children.
• Help children develop book handling skills.
• Actively work to increase children’s vocabulary.
• Provide time for conversation; ask questions that encourage discussion by child. .
• Answer children’s questions.
• Add more information to what a child says.
• Label things in room, use written words with picture - a print rich environment
• Use such resources and activities as flannel boards, puppets, songs, finger play and rhyming games.
• Encourage children’s emerging interest in writing through scribbling, drawing, copying and inventive spelling.
• Help develop the full range of age appropriate strategies for reading skills.

Enhance physical development and skills by:
• Using the assigned time and space for active play; jumping, running, balancing, climbing and riding.
• Providing creative movement activity using obstacle courses or activity songs.
• Providing fine-motor activities such as: complex manipulative toys, puzzles, lacing cards, pegboards.
• Incorporating a variety of art materials for drawing, painting, cutting, modeling and writing.

Encourage and demonstrate sound health, safety & nutritional practices
• Cook and serve a variety of foods.
• Discuss sound nutritional practices
• Do activities to develop safety awareness in the center, home and community.
• Encourage health practices such as washing hands, regular exercise and rest
• Talk about visiting doctor, dentist
• Study topics such as nutrition, life skills and the human body

Encourage creative expression, representation & appreciation of the arts
• Do creative art activities such as; brush painting, drawing, collage, murals
• Provide time and space for dancing, movement activities, creative dramatics.
• Do musical activities which involve singing, listening, playing instrument
• Use art activities primarily to explore and learn the process rather than to produce a product.