Early Childhood (EC)
The Early Childhood program begins a student’s journey through Rohan Woods School. The focus in Early Childhood is learning academic skills in a way that allows each child to gain knowledge and skills at an individual pace while having fun! Your student is introduced to colors, shapes, letters, and numbers in fun and creative ways. Concepts are taught by playing games, making art projects, listening to stories and hands-on activities.
Communication and play are very important parts of the Early Childhood curriculum. Words and actions are modeled by older peers during buddy times, and teachers help facilitate and offer the words needed for peer interaction. The classroom is arranged for group or independent play to foster social growth by letting the children enter into social opportunities when they are ready. An openness to structured group play and parallel play (children playing alongside each other) helps build a sense of safety and security for the children. Our Early Childhood students have the freedom to make their own choices when the situation allows which builds self confidence and social awareness.
Each student in the Early Childhood Program experiences everything the older children do – from participating in all-school assemblies and performances, to being an integral part of the buddy program and attending specialty classes.
Foundational math concepts are developed in a variety of ways. Student’s instructional experiences include numerical recognition, counting by rote and one-to-one correspondence and learning about patterns. Introduction to the calendar, sorting and classifying, identifying and matching shapes and the utilization of problem solving skills are all integral parts of the daily routine.
Science themes are woven into the fabric of every day. Careful attention is paid to pursue the interests and curiosities of young children in developing skills in observing, experimenting and problem solving while encouraging them to try new activities.
Concepts are found throughout the curricula in the Early Childhood program at Rohan Woods. Students are introduced to letter recognition, vocabulary development and phonemic awareness through nursery rhymes, songs, poems and shared reading. Oral communication is the cornerstone of the program enhancing skill development through practice in listening, forming questions, and playing games with peers and adults.
The Early Childhood Program also provides experiences in Spanish, music and physical education. Our two year olds have an opportunity to transition to specialists’ classrooms just as their older friends do!
The development of fine motor and self-help skills fosters independence in each child. Children experience a variety of writing tools to focus on emergent writing skills. In order for students to become more independent, adaptive skill instruction in snapping, lacing and pouring occurs. Students are encouraged to try new experiences and become an active contributor to the classroom community.
Students in the Early Childhood Program have plenty of play time built naturally into the program to facilitate socialization, cognitive development and problem solving. In order to build a sense of community, they have an opportunity to play with students in our preschool program as well as with their buddies several times a week.
February was full of love this year!! The students all had a great time preparing for Valentine's Day, listening to fun books, and doing lots of fun projects.
The first two weeks in February were spent talking about things we love in preparation for Valentine's Day. Each day we had to come up with something different from the day before that we love. Some of what the students said they loved were: their mom and dad, siblings, grandparents, pets, babysitters, cousins, and friends. The students did a great job coming up with new answers and enjoyed telling their friends about the different people and pets in their lives. The students did several Valentine's Day projects such as: love bugs, heart caterpillar name bugs, heart stamping, and foam sticker pictures.
After Valentine's Day, we started learning about transportation. The first project we did were making hot air balloons and learning about them. The students listened to books about hot air balloons and watched some videos of them taking off. They were all very into hot air balloons!! We talked about how transportation is anything that gets us from one place to another and learned that all of us come to school in a car. We also learned that many of us have bikes at home to ride.
After a week of transportation, we took a week off to celebrate Read Across America week in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. We did lots of fun Dr. Seuss book based projects. For example, after reading The Cat in The Hat we did a project where we had to build our name to make the Cat's hat. We also had fun with buddies and made fun socks after we read Fox in Socks. We also colored Sam I Am from Green Eggs and Ham. It was a fun, rhyming, Dr. Seuss week. After Dr. Seuss week, we went back to transportation because there were many fun projects we still wanted to do. It was a fun month!!