Classroom are arranged in
distinct learning centers to support preschoolers' initiative to practice their
new skills, test things out, and verbally express their ideas and feelings.
in hands-on exploration and pretend play. These opportunities encourage children to develop the ability to play
cooperatively. Fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination continue to develop
and strengthen through art activities, sand and water play, work with
manipulative toys, and blocks. The daily schedule includes many activities for
gross motor development. Stories and books are used to increase familiarity
with the meaning of letters and words (emerging literacy) and to foster the
idea of reading as a pleasurable activity. Teachers use rhymes, finger plays,
and songs to introduce phonetic awareness and letter recognition.