LEARNING CENTERS

SENSORY MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
  • Stimulates the five senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste.
  • Aids in developing oral language (through conversations and discussions)
  • Stimulates imagination
  • Encourages creative expression
  • Encourages group cooperation
  • Supports the development of impulse control
  • Encourages turn taking
  • Creates opportunities for cause & effect observations and understanding

SENSORY MOTOR DEVELOPMENT

BLOCKS AND MANIPULATIVES
  • Enhances spatial relations
  • Strengthens fine motor skills
  • Introduces concept of form
  • Provides an area for role playing
  • Stimulates sensory development
  • Encourages creative expression and enhances imagination
  • Introduces instructional language terms such as: top, below, under, over, etc.
  • Encourages group cooperation
  • Creates opportunities for shared materials/shared space
  • Allows children to identify and label shapes
  • Creates the opportunity for children to see separate shapes put together to create a whole (parts of a whole)

BLOCKS & MANIPULATIVES

ART
  • Stimulates creative expression and imagination
  • Develops hand-eye coordination
  • Provides practice in visual discrimination
  • Develops pre-writing skills
  • Enhances small muscle development
  • Explores various tools in an art medium
  • Encourages self expression
  • Encourages recognition of diversity
  • Supports turn taking
  • Provides direction following opportunities

ART

LANGUAGE
  • Increases positive self-image and encourages creative expression
  • Enhances identification and classification skills
  • Strengthens visual discrimination and auditory skills
  • Introduces sequencing and association skills
  • Develops listening skills and promotes oral language development
  • Strengthens fine motor skills
  • Encourages the development of descriptive language

LANGUAGE

MATH
  • Enhances classification skills
  • Strengthens color, shape and size recognition
  • Develops matching and problem solving skills
  • Strengthens visual memory and rote counting
  • Fosters hand-eye coordination
  • Enhances sorting skills in which one item fits in various sub-categories
  • Encourages patterning and one to one correspondence
  • Develops quantity awareness (more, less, same)

MATH

DRAMATIC PLAY
  • Promotes role-playing
  • Stimulates imagination
  • Develops oral language and enhances self help skills
  • Stimulates and develops large and fine motor skills
  • Encourages communication skills and group cooperation
  • Children recreate real life situations using previous knowledge

DRAMATIC PLAY

SCIENCE
  • Stimulates the five senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste
  • Develops recognition skills
  • Develops observation skills, predictions and classification skills
  • Contributes to the understanding of cause and effect
  • Opportunities for experimentation
  • Creates an understanding and respect for nature
  • Explores sensory and physical changes
  • Fosters growth, change and diversity

SCIENCE