AGES: Preschool ages 2–3
The Moonbeam room has 13-16 children with two full-time teachers and one full time assistant teacher. As in all classrooms, there is an emphasis on children learning through play, choosing from an array of planned experiences, and self-selection of activities that are always available (e.g., blocks, art, books and puzzles).
Children in the Moonbeam room are moving away from the toddler years and entering a period of development in which they are learning to apply their newly developing skills in managing their emotions and behavior, communicating effectively, self-help skills, and thinking and problem solving in a more complex social setting that is warm and welcoming. As the year progresses, there are more indication on long-term projects and ways to represent their work through art and literacy activities. Number skills are moving beyond rote counting to understanding what numbers represent, and science experiences emphasize the prompt to ask questions, make observations, and predict outcomes.
Objectives in the Moonbeam Room are to:
- Support Children in using their maturing social skills so that they can play interactively with peers.
- Facilitate children’s development through experiences that involve discovery, experimentation and problem-solving, in both the social and physical world.
- Increase children’s knowledge and understanding of the world outside themselves, including taking others’ perspectives, as well as expanding their concepts about the community in which they live.
- Follow the approach of inclusion and that each child is unique to their own individual learning experience and needs.
- Implement strategies from the Kindness Curriculum that support our children’s individual needs.