Little Lamb Children's Center, in accordance with state program requirements, provides a variety of children's activities, geared to the ages and developmental levels of the children we serve.
The Center provides a balance of child-initiated and teacher-focused activities; active and quiet activities; and group and individual activities.
Infants: emphasis is placed on creating a trusting relationship between child and caregiver, as well as providing for the child's individual nutritional needs and early social development. The types of activities for the infants are: sensory; language/dramatic play; manipulative; building; large muscle; and music activities.
Tots: activities promote the development of language, thinking and problem-solving skills, curiosity, exploration, large and small muscles coordination and movement skills, social competence, self-esteem, and positive self-identity.
"Mother Goose Time - Experience Preschool Curriculum"
Language Arts/ Reading Readiness: reading readiness focuses on letters and their corresponding sounds. The children learn to recite the "ABC sound cards". The Center recognizes the importance of reading aloud to the children and uses both fiction and non-fiction books in the lessons.
Fine Motor Skills: To develop fine motor control the children practice tracing lines, shapes, letters (letter of the week) and numbers. The Center encourages coloring, cutting and gluing. These are great ways to improve fine motor skills.
Mathematics: The children are introduced to the concept of quantity and to number recognition. Concepts such as more/less, first/last, smaller/larger, and before/after are introduced.
Circle Time: Circle time teaches patience and encourages interaction in a group setting. A child can gain confidence, improve self-esteem, and develop a positive feeling about expressing himself in a group setting. Circle time includes: ABC'; days of the week; months of the year; calendar; and the weather. At circle time the weekly theme is introduced and each child is encouraged to participate and share his/her ideas.
Art: Art and craft activities provide an outlet for a child's creative expression. They also help in developing fine motor skills. The art and craft activities usually pertain to the weekly theme or current holiday. Art for young children focuses on the process not the product. The experience of using paint, finger-paint, play dough, etc. is what is focused on, not the end result.
Music: musical instruments are used to explore musical sound, tempo, rhythm and beat. The children listen to music and sing songs.
Science: Some of the topics the children explore are: Animals, The Earth, Oceans, Dinosaurs, and Seasons of weather.
Manipulatives: Puzzles, pegboards, lacing, sorting, blocks, etc. help to develop small muscle control and eye-hand coordination.
Dramatic Play: Dramatic play with toy kitchens, toy dishes, dress-up clothes, dolls, toy tools, etc. enhances social development, social cooperation, and language skills. It provides the children with an opportunity for creative play.