Activities

Activities Available Each Day

Creative Arts & Music:
* Ensures that the process not the product is emphasized, where children actively experiment with the materials
provided.
* Provides opportunity for self expression, individuality, group and/or individual play.
* Enhances fine motor skills, eye-hand co-ordination, creativity, imagination, self-esteem and social skills, rhythm and
appreciation of the arts.
How?
* Using a variety of mediums such as playdough, plasticine, cornmeal.
* Painting, cutting, pasting, drawing.
* Using musical instruments
* Writing Centre
Activities are changed regularly to maintain variety.

Fine Motor/Cognitive:
* Provides small muscle activities, enhancing fine motor control and eye-hand co-ordination.
* Provides opportunities to develop pre-math skills,i.e. matching, sorting, classifying and ordering.
* Develops cognitive and language skills through exposure to a wide variety of concepts i.e. colours, sizes, shapes,
math and problem solving.
* Enhances co-operative play.
How?
* Using a variety of puzzles, small blocks, peg boards. Stacking and sorting toys, beads, construction toys,
playdough and accessories and books.

Dramatic Play:
* Provides opportunities for role playing.
* Encourages children to express feelings.
* Stimulates fantasy and pretend play.
* Enhances social skills and co-operation -
children learn to plan and organize with others.
* Fosters language development.
How?
The Dramatic Centre may include:
* Dress-up clothes, costumes, shoes,etc.
*  Play furniture items found around the home .
*  Play food, dishes
This area may be interchangeable with a variety of themes: i.e. grocery store, airport, doctor’s office, post office,
etc.

Circle/Group Time:
* Provides children with a group learning experience.
* Stimulates cognitive skills.
* Enhances listening skills and increases attention span through concentration.
* Enhances language development (expressively and receptively) i.e. the children are encouraged to talk about their
own experiences.
* Develops the ability to express themselves clearly, to enjoy books, singing, fingerplays, musical instruments and
tapes.
* Develops an interest, appreciation and responsibility for books, drama and music.
*  Introduce children to early concepts, rhyme, word recognition, letter and sound recognition.
How?
* A variety of age appropriate children’s literature, and tapes.
*  Story telling.
*  Sharing special items from home.
*  Calendar and weather activities.
*  Interactive flanelboard/magnetic board stories.

Gross Motor:
* Provides large muscle activities, enhancing balance and co-ordination, both indoors and outdoors.
* Provides co-operative group play.
* Promotes independence and a sense of responsibility.
How?
Using a variety of Activity Room & outdoor equipment:
* Wheel toys
* Pull toys
* Tunnels
* Tires
* Balls
* Large blocks
* Sand play

Mathematics & Nature/Science:
* Arouse curiosity in children.
* Encourages interest in and an appreciation of the world.
* Stimulates imagination and skills in observing, organizing,comparing, seriating,classifying, predicting, experimenting
and problem solving.
* Exposes children to a variety of concepts and topics such as magnetism, properties of materials, mass and other
measurements, living things and personal interests in this area.
* Builds on vocabulary.
* Likenesses and differences
How?
A wide variety of items are used:
*  Magnifying glasses
*  Magnets
*  Balance Scales
*  Books
*  Natural things such as
*  Nature walks
*  Plants
*  Insects, caterpillars
*  Toys with specific properties (i.e. push/pull)
*  Computer activities
*  Counting, measurement, graphing, temperature, calendar activities, observations of things in the world around
them.

Literacy:
*  Introduce children to early concepts, rhyme, word recognition, letter and sound recognition.
*  Develops vocabulary.
*  Fosters knowledge about print and the uses of literacy.
*  Motivate children to read.
*  Development of receptive language i.e. following directions.
*  Development of expressive language i.e. uses language to make needs known, begins to speak in sentences, is
aware that meaning can be conveyed through pictures, symbols, print and words.
How?
*  Daily reading to children.
*  Age appropriate book centres.
*  Reading of poetry.
*  A writing centre to encourage children to “write” their own stories depending on the developmental stage. (from
scribbling to the actual use of pictures and words.
*  Computer centre.
*  Listening centre.