Beginners' Thematic Studies: Topics of Interest to Young Learners
Our Beginners Program is flexible and encourages independence, yet is structured around well-defined routines and expectations. Our goal is to develop positive social skills by helping each child to be resourceful so that he/she can work or play alone and with other children.
Learning experiences include dramatic play and creating with paints, clay, blocks, and other materials. The daily program includes the use of tools (scissors, paint brushes, crayons, pencils, shovels, etc.) and outdoor space and equipment. In most activities we place an emphasis on process rather than product. We encourage children to learn by developing questions and investigating their environment. The program helps children increase their understanding of themselves, others, and the world around them.
Social and Emotional Development
The overarching goal of the Beginners program is to help each child feel valued and to understand how to be a positive member of a community. We aim to help children learn to balance individual and community needs. The social and emotional aspect of our program permeates all that we do. Successfully navigating the social and emotional aspects of school life paves the way for academic learning. Below are some of the skills that we work on throughout the year include.
- Respects self, respects others, and respects environment
- Contributes own ideas and integrates those of others in play
- Works and plays both independently and collaboratively
- Engages in conflict resolution
- Respects differences
- Responds flexibly to transitions and change
- Develops self-regulation skills