Each day at Annie's Alphabet, we create, move, sing, discuss, observe, and read. We do all of this through play.
We are constantly working on the recognition and sounds of letters and numbers through games, chants, flannel stories, sensory materials, puzzles, and songs that may or may not be related to the theme in the room. We also work on colors, shapes, sizes, large motor skills (like hopping, climbing, playing ball, etc) fine motor skills (drawing, stringing beads, tearing, cutting. gluing) math, science, language, reading, writing, art, social skills, and most of all fun!
We go outside twice a day, for about an hour or more each time. Even when it is lightly raining- children LOVE puddles! When it is pouring down rain or overly windy, we either stay on the porch or find ways inside to exercise our bodies.
We play hard! Make sure to dress your child in daycare wear- aka- things that can get paint on them!
There are many aspects to school readiness. Recognizing letters and numbers is just a small part of it. Being socially and emotionally ready is the largest part. At Annie’s Alphabet Childcare, we foster positive relationships and connections through role modeling, problem solving, and group projects. Feeling connected helps children feel safe; when they feel safe they feel more comfortable taking risks; when they feel more comfortable taking risks they share more, engage more, and learn more. Being able to take those risks in a safe and loving atmosphere builds self-confidence and compassion for others.
We also work at scaffolding children's thinking; Linking prior knowledge, Relating things to the child’s life, asking ‘who, what, why’ questions to further thought process. We make observations, predictions, and experiments. We foster this all day long; during play time, group time, meal time, outside time, and nap time. Combine the social, emotional, and cognitive parts all together and between the ages of 4 and 5 you will begin to see it all coming together. All of the children that have been here since a young age are ready for kindergarten in a well-rounded way.