About Our Classrooms- Center-Focused

                                               Our Small classrooms include:                              State Ratio:
Infant/Toddlers:                    1 teacher and Max5 to classroom (1:5)                1:6
Twos:                                      2 teachers and Max 14 to classroom (1:7)           1:10
Threes:                                   2 teachers and Max 20 to classroom (1:10)          1:15
Fours:                                     1 teacher to Max 10 to a classroom (1:10)           1:18

When looking for a center, be sure to not only ask the ratio for the classroom, but also the class size max. Other centers may offer the same ratios we do, but will have more children to a classroom. Example: we both may have a 1:8 ratio with twos, but where we only have 14 max with two teachers; they may have 24 twos in one classroom with three teachers.

Our program is designed to provide developmentally appropriate activities for each child. This means that we understand that young children learn best in an active environment that is planned to match their level of development. When you visit our classroom you will notice that there are few desks and tables. We recognize that young children are active learners, not sitters. You will see there is a circle area where children participate in activities led by the teacher, such as listening to children’s books, singing songs, and discussing specific topics. Children are learning that there are times for listening and sharing ideas.

One of the special features of our school is the many centers placed around the classrooms. Some of the centers have a long history of use in early childhood programs; these include Housekeeping, Blocks, Art and Library centers. There are other centers that are incorporated into the classroom according to our monthly theme, such as a Pirate Ship, Wild West, or Space Exploration. These unique centers will challenge children’s creative thinking.

Centers are an important part of the learning environment for young children. Children are able to choose the centers they would like to work in each day. This choice gives them an opportunity to make decisions and learn through play in areas that are interesting to them.

Centers are small and generally allow four to five children to work together. In this small group children learn to share, take turns, and to value other children’s ideas.

Some of the learning benefits of center use include:

  • Making choices and carrying out plans to completion.
  • Building a positive self-image.
  • Developing responsibility as they use and care for materials in the center.
  • Improving social skills as they work with others.
  • Developing skills in meaningful activities.
  • Expanding their language as they talk and listen to stories.
  • Creating connections for literacy through related books, displayed words, and written activities.
  • Enhancing creative problem solving as they work in the center.
                                     

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