In our two year old or Climbers classroom, our curriculum has six basic sections: circle time, arts & crafts, manipulatives, music & movement, language arts, and gross motor. The children start off their day with circle time,singing their ABC's and the weather song. This section of the curriculum serves to start the day off in a warm social environment. All of the sections after circle time are centered around the theme of the week, for example, the circus. So during arts & crafts, the children will participate in activities such as creating their own circus clown stick puppet or coloring in a dancing elephant. The class then moves on to manipulatives, such as puzzles or play dough. These activities help develop cognitive function and their fine motor skills needed in their hands. From here the teacher will lead the class in a song for music & movement. The children then move onto language arts, completing activities such as show and tell or learning a new letter. The final activity is gross motor, which involves things like stomping like an elephant coupled with outside time. These activities are helping the children to develop cognitive function less so in their hands like with mainpulatives but more so with their limbs as a whole through activities like bear walking.
Our Jumpers classroom has a more complex structure than the Climbers with their curriculum consisting of circle time, language arts, science & math, manipulative, arts & crafts, music & movement, and gross motor. Just like the Climbers, the Jumpers start their day off with circle time, to establish a warm social environment, and then move on to activities based on the theme of the week. First up is language arts, in this section the children work on a letter after being read a story. Next, the children move on to science & math, where they learn numbers and work on their shapes. After that, the children move on to manipulatives. This activity is essential for these kids to truly develop their fine motor skills. Next, the kids complete to arts & crafts activity like making puppets or coloring. The children continue to express themselves through music & movement. The teachers will guide them in a song that has coordinating dance moves. The final section is a gross motor activity paired with outside time. These gross motor activities, such as stomping like an elephant, help refine broader motor skills.
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