A Learning Center is a place where children move around freely and still learn; where sitting still need not be what is thought of as “good,” and movement and noise as “bad.” It is a place that recognizes the talent for learning that the child brings with him/her from home, and uses this talent on which to build.
DRAMATIC PLAY CENTER
My imagination and creativity are developed when I create make-believe situations and roles.
My sense of self-worth is enhanced.
I can use and practice my expressive language and social skills.
My five senses develop.
I get a chance to imitate people I know, their work, their feelings, their words, their environment.
When I play with puzzles, legos, lacing cards and scales, I’m developing an awareness of concepts like size, shape, color, number, location and weight.
I realize that pieces make up a whole.
I’m developing my eye-hand coordination.
A Learning Center is a place where every child is actively involved in learning, where s/he learns in a natural and enjoyable way through his/her own experience. It is a place where a child works with concepts and ideas concretely, by handling familiar objects and manipulating them before dealing abstractly with the concepts on paper.
STORY AND MUSIC TIME
I’m gaining memory skills.
I encounter new language patterns.
I assimilate new concepts and vocabulary.
I differentiate among sounds.
I can express myself through creative movement, rhythm instruments and singing.
I develop my creativity and imagination.
I learn names of colors and how to mix colors to make new ones.
I’m developing my pre-reading & pre-writing skills when I hold brushes & crayons & when I make shapes and fill in spaces.
I develop a greater awareness of size, shape, color, texture and position.
A Learning Center is a place where children are free to make mistakes and to learn directly from these mistakes; where errors are used as clues by the teacher to help the child discover what that individual child needs to learn. A Learning Center is a place where a child needs to trust his/her own judgments and thoughts, where s/he is free to try things as an expression of creativity and individuality.
I learn math concepts as I watch water or sand levels rise or sink in different shapes of containers.
I feel different textures, which can be very soothing and useful at releasing tension.
My imagination and language grow as I create things and make-up stories about them.
My small muscles are developing as I poke, pat and roll material.
I learn how to solve problems while working with other children.
I improve my hand-eye coordination
I develop my large and small muscles.
I can explore spatial relationships and compare different sizes and shapes.