Preschool (3 years)
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. Children engage 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.
Little Dudes Learning Centers 2014