The daily program
Each child’s current level of achievement, interest, ability and needs are kept in mind when developing program plans.
When children enter our program in the morning, they are greeted and given the freedom, not permission, to explore the various learning activities and interest centres that have been prepared before their arrival. The opportunities can change from week to week, day to day, and sometimes from hour to hour.
Paint, playdough, collage, musical instruments, blocks, dolls, books, or special things for special days, all make each day enjoyable, motivating and unique. Enough things remain the same to provide the security and comfort of familiarity. Educators may incorporate something new or a new way of doing something to add excitement and maximum challenge to the body and mind.
When a child loses control of materials, equipment, or even emotions, an educator is always nearby to answer a question, offer a challenging statement, follow through on a suggestion, or to give comfort.
Moments of the day can sometimes be brief periods of…
- Whispers, quiet times, and relaxation.
- A savouring within of good feelings.
- Involvement time when there is a very special closeness between friends.
- A love time or a magic time.
The children may choose to enjoy a story, quiet music, a gradual approach to a rhythmic activity and dancing, crawling, jumping, growing like flowers, or blowing like the wind activities. There will be time and room to:
- Go outdoors to walk, run, climb, and jump.
- Explore, to experiment, to discover through play.
- Be a child (most important).