Little Explorers have an educational approach that addresses the entire emotional, social, physical and intellectual being of the child. The children are encouraged to explore a variety of activities and materials inside and outside of the day care. This allows the children to choose from a variety of materials which helps stimulate their flexibility, imagination and creativity. The Little Explorers team believe that each child can grow and develop at their own pace through exploration and interaction both inside and outside. The team created an area that promotes a safe and loving environment that is conducive for our lifelong learners. Children are encouraged to engage in their own learning process of planning and carrying it out, reasoning and problem-solving, and interacting with others. Having a mixed age group will expose children to connect and cooperate with each other.
We follow a theme-based program that provides developmentally appropriate activities which targets all the domains of development (Biosocial, Cognitive, and Socio-Emotional).
The following are components of the curriculum:
Social and Emotional Development
At a young age, the primary emphasis is the social and emotional development of each child. We encourage children to take initiative in order to develop independence and self- confidence. Our intent is to foster the development of self-expression, free choice, self- control, curiosity and creativity. We encourage the children to establish positive peer relations by learning to be patient, trustworthy, helpful, kind, gentle and compassionate with one another. The children are learning to create strong and loving relationships and communities by treating one another with dignity and respect.
The mathematical mind of a child is exercised through the order and exactness in everyday activities. The children learn one to one correspondence, identifying patterns, estimation, problem solving and reasoning skills. The children learn these skills through play and by exploring the materials that attract and stimulate them. Concrete and active experiences in math provide children with a solid foundation that can be helpful as they grow older and they learn how to build an understanding of abstract mathematical ideas.
Reading and Writing
Reading requires an integration of vision, hearing, speech and sensory-motor skills. The children are exposed to a variety of materials that will refine their senses and aid in the discrimination that is necessary for reading and writing. The children will learn the concept of identifying letters by name and by sound. Children broaden their vocabulary through the spoken word as well as learning patterns of speech and sentence structure. They begin to listen to the spoken word through stories and books. Children will increase their auditory, visual and articulation skills in conversation, interaction and play. Our curriculum helps the children foster the love for reading, writing and speaking. We encourage them to explore and learn by exposing them to different types of books and by having a print rich environment.
Children discover the world around them through exploring different stories, pictures, maps, globes, puzzles, art and food. The children will be exposed to discover the customs and traditions of people from other countries. They will be introduced to the seven continents and discover the similarities and differences in our world’s cultures, climates and environments. The goals of multicultural awareness include a respect of differences among traditions and cultures, recognition of the interrelatedness of all cultures and an awareness of one’s personal role in the world. The children will learn to share, work together cooperatively, and resolve conflicts amongst themselves.
A rich and dynamic art curriculum exposes the children to a variety of art mediums which encourage self-exploration, self-expression, and creativity. The goal is to provide opportunities which will help the children develop a love for the arts as a way of expressing their uniqueness. All activities are developmentally appropriate to give the children the freedom to explore, develop and work at their own pace. The children are exposed to a variety of materials like crayons, pencils, markers, construction paper, collage materials, paint and etc. The children are given the opportunity to explore different activities to help develop their fine motor skills, concentration, independence and hand-eye coordination. Art is a wonderful sensorial experience, building self-confidence in one’s own creativity. It is never about how the end product looks, we focus on the process on how children learn and do things.
The great outdoors for children is also a very important factor in the their process of learning and exploring. Children work on developing their gross motor coordination, self-confidence, social skills and creativity outside. Outdoor activities help in the development of hand-eye coordination, body awareness, self-control and perseverance. For instance, running, jumping, and climbing are activities that aid in the development of balance, strength and general good health. Children experience the world physically as they begin to explore with their senses and get to know what their bodies can do. They will be given opportunities to explore and expand their physical capacities.