Our classrooms are child-centered environments, carefully prepared with attractive, durable and developmentally appropriate hands-on lessons. Children are busy with self-chosen work and progress at their own pace. They enjoy individual as well as small group and large group activities. Using “inside voices”, the children are allowed to converse with one another while they are working, increasing their verbal, vocabulary & social skills. The classroom areas are:
PRACTICAL LIFE: This area includes lessons in dry or water pouring, sponging, spooning, buttoning, tying, buckling, sweeping, food preparation, polishing silver, dusting, etc. The lessons allow the children to become independent in taking care of themselves and increase the awareness of their environment, concern for its upkeep and skills to maintain it. The lessons improve eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills, and are an indirect preparation for reading and writing as they are taught to go from left to right. They learn careful and controlled movement as they practice pouring without spilling. Practical life lessons range from very simple activities for the younger children to more difficult and lengthy challenges as they get older and more adept.