Wee People Learning Garden incorporates some of the Montessori style of independent, hands on learning; the child led approach of the Reggio Emilia preschool, and also the work-break, work-break style of the Finnish schools. Children prepare for kindergarten with fun, play based experiences. Ms. Bonnie uses the OWL curriculum (Opening the World of Learning) which is a Maryland Dept of Ed approved curriculum. If the children get caught up in a different course of interest and questions then what has been planned, the lessons veer towards their interests. And that’s okay! Children (much like adults) have to be interested to learn.
Children typically learn to verbally count to 30, some to 100, and by 5’s and 10’s. Most count with one to one correspondence to at least 20. They will build their vocabulary, learn their numbers, and engage in counting, grouping, classifying, adding, and subtracting. They learn opposites, differences, big versus small, under versus over, etc. They use their imaginations in dramatic play, while practicing the skills of problem solving, taking turns, playing cooperatively, and building friendships. They practice the basics, such as colors, shapes, ABC’s, phonics, days of the week, months of the year, weather, and seasons. They learn to care for and respect pets and will get the chance to grow gardens. They learn the basic components of the computer and become savvy at ABC Mouse on the computer, using the mouse and keyboard. We have art and music, and we practice basic Spanish and ASL words.
Mr Rodgers said:
“ Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
Please note this is a home, as well as a daycare. Prospective parents must have an appointment for an interview. Thank you!
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