Our school is a mindful school which empowers children and guides them to be the best version of themselves. We will be working on self-help skills, small and large motor skills, letter and number recognition, communication, and several other cognitive and social skills. We will cover these areas using a variety of methods to ensure that learning is always fun and interesting for your child. At TAOW we don’t teach inside the box, we feel that every moment is a teaching moment and it is our job as teachers to stretch our children, so they can reach their full potential willingly and without force.
Our school is theme based, meaning every month has a theme and every day we discuss a different topic pertaining to that theme. We will integrate this theme into most activities throughout the day. We also concentrate on one letter of the alphabet and number a week. Each month we will concentrate on a shape, color and word a month. We will use a variety of different mediums of art to make projects pertaining to the theme, alphabet, shape, color or number. When discussing our color of month, we will be explaining to child the color wheel and primary colors along with shades. When mixing our primary colors our children are learning science, math and developing language skills.
Each day one of the children will be picked as a leader where they get to teach the class. The leader gets to hold the flag when we all recite ‘The Pledge of Allegiance’ and ‘The Earth Pledge of Allegiance.’ Every morning at morning meeting, we also discuss the month, date, weather and seasons. We sing our month song, our day song and our weather song. We play a game called ‘Pass it Around’ where something that begins with the letter of the day is placed inside the box that we pass around, and we all have a turn in trying to guess what might be inside the box. We then end our morning meeting by singing our alphabet song.
Our Approach to Reading
There are a variety of ways that children learn to read. Each child is assigned an animal which will be on their cubby, on the table where they sit to have snack, and on their mats which they sit on at morning meeting. Memorizing letters and sounds is a more difficult task than memorizing the names of objects like animals. Animals are concrete things - they can be seen, and they can be pictured. For example, you can point to a cat and say "cat" to help your child connect the word to the animal. Sounds can't be pictured, so memorizing which sounds go with which letters is a more abstract process than memorizing the names of objects. The best we can do is use a picture of a cat to illustrate the sound of "C."
Children who are read to frequently at very young ages become exposed in interesting and exciting ways to the sounds of our language, to the concept of rhyming, and to other word and language play activities that serve to provide the foundation for the development of phoneme awareness. As children are exposed to literacy activities at young ages, they begin to recognize and discriminate letters. Without a doubt, children who have learned to recognize and print most letters as preschoolers will have less to learn upon school entry. The learning of letter names is also important because the names of many letters contain the sounds they most often represent, thus orienting youngsters early to the alphabetic principle or how letters and sounds connect. So, keeping this in mind, this is why each child when arriving at school will be asked to find their name on the front door and place it on the tree on the back door, this is the beginning process of the child starting to recognize their name.
The Class Room
We are a nut free school so we would appreciate it if parents do not send in any snacks or lunches containing nuts.
Our school is divided into several areas: Dramatic Play, Construction, Art, Sensory, Science, Math and Reading Area. During free play the children choose what area they want to play in. They can choose any area at any time. The children learn to keep the toys in their separate areas, pick up after themselves, share and respect each other, and work together.
We will be doing field trips throughout the year. Some trips will be local, right here in town, the Post Office, Fire House, etc. These field trips we will walk to. If we do field trips that we need to travel we will ask you to see if you can drive your child.