Roots & Fruits Preschool has had a great start to the new school year and a very busy first week of school. All of the current kiddos have been fabulous leaders to the new kiddos who have started. They are an energetic group of movers and shakers and we are excited to watch as the group forms into the team of 2014.2015. We welcomed two new teachers, Mrs. Heather and Mrs. Bretany who have been great getting accustomed to the culture of Roots & Fruits and Ms. Nadia and Ms. Gina have been fabulous mentors. We are excited for the year ahead of wonder, creativity, and tons of learning!!!
Here is our September Curriculum as we slowly integrate the children into the Roots & Fruits culture.
1st Week – “Touring the School” where the children are learning all about the different rooms in the entire building, exploring the toys, practicing to share, integrating into the classroom, and making new friends.
2nd Week – Earth – Exploring the physical environment of the school, how the toys are organized, learning math in the manipulative area, maps/geography in the block and train areas, art, writing, science, sensory, and all of the key centers of the school. We engage in more depth in these areas, seeing how the children play in each area, their areas of focus, how they integrate the areas, and socialize with the materials, negotiating play, etc.
3rd Week – Water – Exploring the Social and Emotional components of the program – Learning about emotions, empathy and the language we use at Roots & Fruits. We share about our I Care Bear Chart, which is our Peace Negotiations chart of options in conflict resolution. We also study the Japanese Scientist, Emoto, who studied water and the impact of words, noise and actions upon a person’s body and emotional well-being.
4th Week – Fire – Children learn about fire drills, how to be safe in a fire, all the different escape routes in the school and ways to also explore fire safety at home.
5th Week – Wind – Energy – Children learn about all the ways we work together as a community, the impact we have on one another both verbally and nonverbally, the science of chakras and our individual energetic fields and how to honor each other in the community setting here at school. Children also learn how to take care of their own energetic fields and ways to stay centered when thrown off by a conflict, or the inability to complete a task, etc.
As we enter into early October the teachers, in partnership with the kiddos, will identify a theme that arose during our free play in the centers to centralize our curriculum onto a particular project. We will keep you posted as this evolves!!!